H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Celebrates Contributions to 40 local nonprofits

After more than three years of awarding nonprofit organizations $25,000 each month, the May Coachella Valley Spotlight grant will represent $1 million in gifts to local organizations. The award is presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation through a partnership with CBS Local 2.

This milestone will be marked with an on-stage celebration at the McCallum Theatre on May 22, at 6:50 p.m. as the Coachella Valley Spotlight grant is presented to Children’s Playtime Productions – the 40th local recipient. Representatives from all organizations that have been honored with the Coachella Valley Spotlight are expected to join the presentation, which will be broadcast live on CBS Local 2.

“The Coachella Valley Spotlight has been an exciting way to fund many worthy organizations in ourcommunity,” said Ronald Auen, President of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. “It has been very rewarding to see first-hand how selected organizations are using the gifts through on-site visits and the CBS Local 2 coverage.”

In addition to the $25,000 grant from the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, beneficiaries of the Coachella Valley Spotlight are featured throughout a chosen month on CBS Local 2’s community program Eye on the Desert, in public service announcements, and on the www.cbslocal2.com website.

“The Coachella Valley Spotlight was an incredible boost for us that allowed us to grow in so many ways,” said Mika Moulton, founder of Christopher’s Clubhouse, the sixth organization to receive the award. The nonprofit is dedicated to providing children with the skills they need to avoid exploitation. “The funding helps our local organizations with programming costs while the media exposure is priceless. The recipients of this award have been elevated thanks to the generosity of the Berger Foundation and the partnership that was created with CBS Local 2.”

Since its inception, the Coachella Valley Spotlight has been awarded to a diverseportfolio of 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The grants have benefitted children, seniors, military troops, the homeless, animals, people in drug and alcoholrecovery, people living with HIV and AIDS and many other social service needs of our area. Each year, an open call for applicants goes out to charitable organizations that serve Coachella Valley residents. Approximately 100 applications are submitted each year. Recipients are determined by the CBS Local 2 Advisory Board, which includes CBS Local 2 employees, board members of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and community members.

“There is no shortage of deserving organizations to choose from,” said Mike Stutz, Advisory Board Member and General Manager of Gulf California Broadcast Company, which owns and operates CBS Local 2. “The Berger Foundation has been an exceptional partner. Our community is fortunate to have the unwavering support of this private family foundation.”