40th Anniversary Celebration – 9/16/2014

40th anniversary

Celebrating 40 years since Jack Blankinship started Blankinship and Associates, and 25 years since Jack and Charles formed Blankinship & Foster.

Blankinship & Foster’s Anniversary Celebration

Blankinship & Foster celebrated our anniversary with a unique event that involved the attendees in giving back to the community. Clients, staff, friends, and family participated in four projects, each designed to benefit a specific local charity. Attendees assembled 100 emergency kits for low income seniors at the Serving Seniors community center down town, built 100 dog toys for dogs at the San Diego Humane Society, stuffed 100 backpacks with school supplies for students at the Monarch School, and wrote letters to troops servings oversees, which were distributed to the servicemen by Operation Gratitude.

The day after the event, a delegation of staff members went out on the road to bring the completed projects to the charities. We visited the San Diego Humane Society, toured the facility, and brought the dog toys that had been made at the event. Next, we went to the Serving Seniors Community Center, and distributed the prepared emergency kits to 100 seniors having lunch at the center. Lastly, we went to the Monarch School. After dropping off the 100 backpacks full of school supplies, we were taken on a tour of the school by some very special student “ambassadors”.

Thank you to all our clients and friends who celebrated with us and helped create the special gifts for those less fortunate in our community!

About the Charities:

San Diego Humane Society and SPCA: Mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals, prevent cruelty to animals and provide education to enhance the human-animal bond. Their vision is to inspire and engage the community to end animal suffering.

Serving Seniors (formerly Senior Community Centers): It is a center that support seniors throughout San Diego County with meals, affordable housing and transition from homelessness, health and wellness services, and resources. The average monthly income for a senior receiving services from Serving Seniors is just over $800, not even half of what is needed to have basic needs met.

Operation Gratitude: Seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Operation Gratitude annually sends at least 150,000+ care packages filled with food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, plus personal letters of support.

Monarch School: Located south of downtown in the San Diego communities of Barrio Logan and East Village, it is a school dedicated to helping San Diego’s homeless students break the cycle of poverty through education. It is a K-12 public school providing students with an accredited education, after school program and college preparation as well as basic necessities. Monarch students live in shelters, motels, single room occupancy housing, double-or tripled-up with other families in small apartments, at camp sites, in cars or on the streets. The school allows for enrollment of up to 350 students.