svttbeneHealthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County believes that one child without access to health coverage is one child too many. Our mission is to ensure access to and advocacy for health care services for all children through family-centered and innovative approaches. Our strategies for achieving our mission are to engage in resource development, programming and outreach on behalf of the underserved members of our community.

The mission of the Housing Trust Silicon Valley is to make Silicon Valley a more affordable place to live. It makes loans and grants to increase the supply of affordable housing, prevent homelessness and assist qualified individuals and families to buy their first home. We are nationally recognized for providing the resources and leadership needed to make housing more affordable for those who want to live in the Silicon Valley. This is accomplished by leveraging voluntary contributions from local Silicon Valley companies with public funding to make a meaningful impact countywide.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. Nearly half of the food distributed is fresh produce.

Second Harvest plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices. Visit to get involved.

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County joined as a beneficiary in 2013. One in four children in Santa Cruz County suffers from malnutrition. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz is working to ensure that every child has the healthy food they need to thrive.

In 2014 we added a fifth beneficiary, The Health Trust.  Founded in 1996 as a charitable foundation, the vision of The Health Trust is to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America—for everyone.  The Health Trust provides community health services, awards grants, and engages in policy and advocacy that support its vision and three strategic initiatives: Healthy Living, Healthy Eating, and Healthy Aging.

Race History

On Thanksgiving morning, 2004, Carl and Leslee Guardino heard a radio report announcing “20,000 people downtown running and walking to benefit the needy” in Sacramento. Carl turned to Leslee and said, “Somebody ought to do a race like that here.” Leslee gave Carl that look that said, “Maybe that somebody should be us.”

Reaching out to Bob Brownstein at Working Partnerships, a think-tank arm of the Central Labor Council, a partnership was formed. Several months later, a major milestone occurred when Joe Pon of Applied Materials successfully championed to the company the idea of Applied serving as the Multi-Year Title Sponsor.  With a title sponsor, and then several branded co-sponsors, the Applied Materials “Silicon Valley Turkey Trot “was born.

Three great local charities serving local residents –   Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County, Housing Trust Silicon Valley and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties – were initially selected as multi-year beneficiaries, and a volunteer Executive Steering Committee started planning the first race, set for Thanksgiving Day, 2005.

  • Year One Goals: 1,000 participants, supported by 200 volunteers, with a stretch goal to raise $100,000 for charity.
  • Year One Results: 1,900 participants supported by 250 volunteers, clearing $132,000 for the three charities.

The event blossomed beyond everyone’s wildest imagination.

  • Year Seven Results: 22,124 participants, supported by 1,000 volunteers, clearing $612,000 for charity.
  • Year Eight Results:  24,223 participants, supported by 2,000 volunteers, clearing $700,000 (from the race) plus an additional $500,000 from a one time, anonymous donor totaling $1.2 million for charity.
  • Year Nine Results:  24,565 participants, supported by 1,800 volunteers. clearing $850,000 for charity.
  • Year Ten Results:  26,405 registrants, supported by 2,000 volunteers, clearing $936,000 for charity.
  • Total donated: More than $5 million.

Our Title Sponsor:

We are honored that for the tenth year, Applied Materials – and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors Mike Splinter – are serving as our Title Sponsor. Applied Materials “sets the bar” in terms of community service and commitment to our Valley. Thank you Applied Materials!

Raising Money for Charity:

The event is run almost exclusively by volunteers from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Central Labor Council, City of San Jose, County of Santa Clara, Applied Materials, numerous community partners and each branded co-sponsor and our three benefiting charities.

With YOUR help in 2014 we anticipate raising even more for charity.

Please refer to our thorough FAQ page before sending us an email. Thank you!

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