The Parkpoint Clubs are privately owned by the Buchanan family and were started in 1983 by Bill and Lindy Buchanan. As long-time Santa Rosa residents, the Buchanan family have made it a focus to give back to the local community. They are generous in their support of the Sonoma County community and make contributions to local causes on a regular basis. Through the clubs and their employees and members, they support causes ranging from food and clothing drives to hosting events that raise funds for charities. Every fall, they host a fundraising competition in support of local agencies in need and then personally match all funds raised by member participation. The Buchanan’s are inspiring examples of how individuals and businesses can make a difference and contribute to the vitality of their community.
PARKPOINT EMPLOYEES GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
We are very proud of our staff for generously volunteering their time and muscle, working hard to assist with fire recovery efforts at Annadel State Park. Staff who participated voluntarily spent their Sunday doing things like digging ditches, hauling mud and rocks, and dumping gravel to help with trail restoration. Parkpoint also donated $50 per employee that volunteered to the local parks fire recovery fund. We are blessed with so many beautiful parks in Sonoma County and have many members and staff who are trail runners or riders, so it felt good to help give back to the community in this way.
For trail runners, the trails and parks of Sonoma County are like second homes. Seeing them burn was like losing a piece of their hearts. After the smoke cleared and ash settled, the post-fire assessments were stark, and the devastation to the parks was catastrophic:
- Sonoma Valley Regional Park: 100% burned
- Shiloh Ranch Regional Park: 93% burned
- Sugarloaf Ridge State Park: 80% burned, including five homes for park personnel and two wooden outhouses destroyed
- Trione-Annadel State Park & Hood Mountain Regional Park: over 60% damaged
The Parkpoint trail restoration day project was coordinated with our very own Santa Rosa member and avid runner Justin Borton, who has been working hard to raise funds to help rebuild our local parks after the devastating fires. Justin and his crew of trail runners formed a group with events as fundraising goals called #SonomaStrong Parks Restoration Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to raise at least $40,000 to directly benefit the Sonoma County Parks ravaged by the wildfires.
So much was lost in these devastating fires, and yet the sense of community and camaraderie in Sonoma County has never been stronger. “We’ve come together to form an alliance, and challenge ourselves to raise money to help rebuild our local parks—the parks that bring our community together and provide respite from this stressful and painful experience. We will be running in Tahoe this summer to raise funds for the parks and hope that other runners coming out to Ragnar Trail Tahoe this year will be inspired to help us with our mission to raise at least $40,000 for the parks restoration effort. Join us to help our community remain #SonomaStrong.” —Justin Borton
Pictures of Sonoma County Runners on Taylor Mountain: https://www.facebook.com/groups/848575968533333/photos/
FIT ‘N’ FUNDRAISER 2017
We are incredibly proud of our members and staff who worked hard to participate in our November Fit ’n’ FUNdraiser to help raise funds for the fire. We had record participation numbers, and it was amazing to see us all come together to help support efforts to rebuild Sonoma County. Here’s a breakdown of our donation contributors:
$3,985 Healdsburg Club*
$3,667 Santa Rosa Club*
$3,463 Sonoma Club*
$1,000 Santa Rosa Club Member Personal Donation
$5,000 Additional Parkpoint Clubs Donation
*Parkpoint donated $1 per member per day of workouts in November.
Together we raised and donated $17,115 to Redwood Credit Union’s Fire Relief Fund! Thank you all for your participation, contribution, and generosity! No wonder our staff and members are so proud to be a part of the Parkpoint community. Cheers to a stronger and healthier Sonoma County in 2018!
Parkpoint is honored to partner with these local youth groups to support the development of healthy lifestyles:
- Youth Connections
- The REACH program of The Boys and Girls Club
- Worth Our Weight (WOW), a culinary school for at-risk youth
- Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
- Sonoma Valley High School Basketball Team
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- Maintain and build strength, balance, and range of motion
- Stay active and empowered throughout your treatment and recovery
- Restore your energy level
- Relax and relieve mental and emotional stress
- Enjoy the support of a group
All three of our locations provide a cancer recovery program and partner with local health organizations to provide the best support possible. See details for each program:
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING & SUPPORT
Through annual fundraising programs such as Fit ‘n FUNdraiser, Parkpoint members work out to support local charities including:
- Redwood Empire Food Bank
- Healdsburg Food Pantry
- Sonoma Humane Society
- The Living Room
- Canine Companions for Independence
- WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center
As an additional way to contribute to the community, we also support a variety of schools and athletic groups through Silent Auction donations.