Relief Fund for SF Bay Area Event Industry Pros

The San Francisco Event Industry Pros at The Gala have teamed up to create the San Francisco COVID-19 Relief Fund, aimed to assist SF-based industry professionals affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns. In the last week, the event industry has come to a complete standstill and our businesses are completely shut down, threatening the financial security of hundreds, if not thousands. Many of our businesses are having to lay off or cut hours in order to cover their overhead. This is a massive loss of revenue for those who already work in a seasonal business. While unemployment benefits are a great safety net for W2 employees, self-employed businesses and our 1099 employees do not qualify for these benefits and subsequently can not afford to pay rent and bills. The situation worsened, as all of our events have been canceled for the next 2 months or more,  We now have no income during this crisis and currently have no way to access federal relief. We urge the tech industry, large corporations and large online corporations based here in the SF Bay Area to donate.  We need your financial protection and support now more than ever.  Our goal is to raise a minimum of $200,000.  We plan on providing stipends of a one-time payment of up to $5000.  We wish to help as many local businesses as we can to help cover the cost of things like rent, utilities, payroll, etc. If we surpass our goal of $200,000, we can provide relief to so much more! To qualify for support applicants need to apply for relief here :  We know these stipends will cover only a fraction of lost income, providing desperately needed relief to event industry pros who are hurting from the shutdowns. Again, we urge the tech industry and large corporations to donate during this time of uncertainty. These shutdowns will drive out talented creatives who simply won’t be able to afford to stay in this industry; this fundraiser hopes to provide them with a lifeline so we can keep their talents and their potential where it belongs - here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Distribution of Funds 100% of funds contributed will go directly to relief for out-of-work event industry business owners.  The total amount distributed will depend on the amount donated in the coming weeks.  Donations to GoFundMe cannot be claimed as a tax write off.  All personal, identifying information of applicants will be kept confidential. In the event that the campaign surpasses its goal and every qualified applicant has received a stipend, the remaining funds will be distributed evenly among the qualified applicants. With Warm Regards,   The GALA Team

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  • Angie Page 
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Krystal Endsley 
Martinez, CA
Malena Clegg 
Team member
Raised $40 from 1 donation
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