October 2016 Events – THANKS!

October Madness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a perfect time for our group to be visible, and for other organizations and businesses to get involved in a cause that they believe in.

October 2016 was amazing; we had groups and businesses coming to us and asking to run events and donate!! All we had to do was show up! The photos below only begin to tell the story of the hard work and dedication these groups put in on behalf of Solano Midnight Sun. We can’t thank you all enough! The beneficiaries are the clients we serve all year long.

Recology – THANKS!

Recology offers customers a convenient way to join in the fight against cancer by leasing a new Pink Toter®. The Pink Toters® are available for $200 each year. If all Toters® are leased, $30,000 will be donated to the Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation. Midnight Sun provides assistance and resources to the women and men in the local community who are affected by cancer. The foundation also promotes early detection by providing women with funds for mammograms, ultrasounds, and other diagnostic procedures.
On November 8, Recology presented Solano Midnight Sun with a check for $18,000 fir the Toters that were leased in the past year.  Thank you Recology, and thank you Vacaville, for your support!

It’s not too late to get your Pink Toter®!  It will replace the gray residual waste (trash) Toters®.


Customers should come to the Recology office in Vacaville to sign up for the Pink Toter® program, or call in with a credit card and we will email a contract to you. Call the office at 448-2945 for more information.

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Christine Franklin Award Recipient

The sixth annual Christine Franklin Award was recently given to Pat Mendez, president of the Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation. Pat was recognized for her contributions to the community.

Franklin, who battled breast cancer for four years, received the “Community Hero Award” for her efforts to educate others about the importance of mammograms and healthcare.

After she died in 2011, the award was re-named in her honor.

You can read the full article published in the Vacaville Reporter on October 13, 2016.

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

Texas Roadhouse – Fairfield

Texas Roadhouse - Stand up to Cancer!
Texas Roadhouse donates to many charitable causes that benefit the community. The Fairfield restaurant has chosen to bless Solano Midnight Sun with it’s cancer fighting fundraising efforts in October.

All monies donated to Breast Cancer Awareness from October 1 – October 31 will be converted to Texas Roadhouse Gift Cards. Those cards will be given to SMSF to distribute as needed to families and individuals in need of a meal, a break from routine, or just a little something extra.

Thank you, Texas Roadhouse! And thank you to all who will visit and donate!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kickoff Event

Kyle Barraza Breast Cancer FundraiserKyle Barraza, The Napa Deli, GV Cellars, and Napa Food and Vine blog, and Vezer Family Vineyards are teaming up on October 1 to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month with a fundraiser at GV Cellars.

Kyle has chosen Solano Midnight Sun as a beneficiary of his fundraising efforts, at this event.  We will be there to support his efforts on our behalf!

Tickets are $15, in advance or at GV Cellars when you get there.  The event is from 4pm to 7pm.  We hope to see you there!

Kyle’s story:

When I was 12 years old, my aunt, Norma, was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. That year I started my support and fundraising for Susan G. Komen. My aunt fought for 14 years until cancer took her from us. During these 14 years she was dedicated to the organization and we walked side by side in many cancer walks in Northern Nevada and California. First we started with the 5K walks and in 2012 we got involved in our first 3 Day 60 mile walk. While fighting cancer she continued to walk! After her death, my cousins and I have continued this tradition in her memory.
We walk in hope that you or somebody you know does not have to go through the pain she did. Since 1990, because of foundations like Susan G. Komen, mortality rates have decreased by 37%. This year our goal is to raise $10,000. $5,000 for the Komen 3 day and $5,000 to stay here in Solano County for The Solano Midnight Sun Foundation! Please help us find a cure and donate!

Kyle will be completing a 60 mile, 3 day walk in San Diego, California on November 18-20. We hope you can join us in support.

Soroptimist International of Central Solano County

The Soroptimist International of Central Solano County recently presented the Ruby Award to Gale Spears. The Ruby Award is given, based on works to better the lives of women personally and professionally, and Gale volunteers hours each week coordinating and implementing a new program with Kaiser Permanente and Solano Midnight Sun clients, getting women (and men) the care they need.

You can read about the Ruby Award, and more about Gale, in this Daily Republic article.

On behalf of The Solano Midnight Sun Foundation, and breast cancer patients, thank you Gale for all you do, and thank you Soroptimists for recognizing and rewarding Gale’s dedication to helping others.

Napa-Solano Oncology Nurses Society


Solano Midnight Sun Foundation Board Members attended at dinner meeting of the Napa-Solano Oncology Nurses Society on February 22, 2016, and were presented with a generous donation to help us further the goals of the Foundation.

Thank you to the nurses for the difficult work you do with cancer patients. The money donated will help at least one cancer patient worry less about financial needs while fighting breast cancer.

Pictured below are Solano Midnight Sun Treasurer Karen Stone, accepting the donation from Karen Stillwell of the ONS, and SMSF Board members Karen Stone, Steve Laren, and Sue Laren.

Donation from Oncology Nurses

Karen Stone, SMSF Treasurer and Karen Stillwell of the Oncology Nurses Society

Donation from Oncology Nurses

SMSF Board Members Karen Stone, Steve Laren, and Sue Laren

Green Tree Niners – THANKS!

A huge THANK YOU is in order for the Green Tree Niners Golf Club. These lovely ladies held a Charity Golf event in September 2015 and made a generous donation to the Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation! Thank you, thank you!!

GreenTree Niners Golf Club ladies

Green Tree Niners Golf Club

Green Tree Golf Club

Exchange Student and Vacaville Rotary – THANKS!

Vacaville Rotary Exchange student donation

Exchange student Marie Paulo-Hernandez, and SMS Board President Pat Mendez

Exchange student Marie Paulo-Hernandez, from France, recently raised $700.00 on her own initiative, for Solano Midnight Sun, through the Vacaville Sunrise Rotary Chapter. Thank you Vacaville Sunrise Rotary Club, and especially to Marie Paulo-Hernandez, for your generosity and heart for Solano Might Sun and Breast Cancer patients!

2014 – Under the Valley Moon

2014 Under the Valley Moon Event
11th Annual Benefit for Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation
was Saturday, August 16th, 6:00-12:00

An Evening Under the Valley Moon is the SMSF’s signature fundraising event.  The 2014 event featured an amazing Napa-Style Lobster boil, a Live performance by Used Blues Band and Live Auction. This year’s raffle included a one-of-a-kind custom design designed pendant and two additional pieces donated by Thornton & Sons Jewelers.
About Solano Midnight Sun Breast Cancer Foundation:
The Solano Midnight Sun Foundation (SMSF) works to promote breast health and early detection of breast cancer in women.  Our mission is to provide assistance and resources to women in our local community affected by cancer.  We offer temporary financial assistance to women who have experienced a financial hardship during their cancer treatments and need help paying for basic living expenses and we also provide mammogram sponsorships to under-insured women.

Established in 2004, the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation is a volunteer-driven, local nonprofit organization, serving Solano County.