Posted on December 13, 2012

San Francisco: PG&E Awards $10K to City’s ‘Favorite Charity’

A nonprofit that connects skilled immigrants with employers is the winner of a PG&E-sponsored contest to find the public’s favorite San Francisco charity.

Ezra Garrett, PG&E vice president of community relations, congratulates the nonprofit nominees. (Photo by Nikki Ritcher.)

This was the second consecutive year that PG&E partnered with media outlet 7×7 on its “Favorite Charity” contest.

PG&E awarded $10,000 to Upwardly Global, the winning charity, and $2,000 each to the other six finalists during a reception at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Tuesday (Dec. 11).

Upwardly Global helps immigrants rebuild their careers in the United States by providing resume and cover letter assistance, mentoring and workshops that help them with networking and interviewing skills.

Ezra Garrett, PG&E’s vice president of community relations, and Todd Sotkiewicz, 7×7 president, spoke about the program and welcomed the directors, founders and leaders from the finalists onstage before announcing the winner.

The public nominated some 2,000 charities, which were eventually narrowed to seven finalists and an online vote. Upwardly Global collected the most votes overall was declared the winner — and the title San Francisco’s “Favorite Charity of 2012.”

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