Sessions, the action sports brand based in Scotts Valley, has been awarded the Silicon Valley San Jose Business Journal Philanthropic Impact Award.
Sessions co-owner and president Cindi Ferreira Busenhart, who accepted the award in San Jose, was featured with her son Brigg on the cover on the Business Journal's Giving Guide.
In 1999, Sessions established the Tim Brauch Foundation and Memorial Fund to honor Tim Brauch, a professional skater who died from a heart attack at 25. The foundation raises money each year with skateboarding contests in San Jose and Scotts Valley, and gives kids such as Julian Glina, 13, a voice with a seat on the junior board.
Sessions also supports Boarding 4 Breast Cancer, collaborating on a jacket design three years ago and giving $1,500 this year, SOS Outreach, giving $25,000 over five years to help underprivileged youth learn to ski and snowboard, and Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre.
"Our brand is built so heavily on the community we serve," Busenhart said. "Giving back is just the right thing to do."
Think Local First updates race
The Think Local First County of Santa Cruz Great Money Race, which runs through Nov. 30, aims to see how much local business can be generated in a month by $500.
Shopper's Corner spent its $100 check at Blue Moon Clothing, which spent it at Coast Paper. In one week this $100 has generated $899 worth of business.
Erik's Deli Cafe spent its $100 check at Catto's Graphics, which spent it at Bro Prints. Logos Books and New Leaf Community Market each has a $100 check but hasn't spent it.
Race monitors are retrieving a $100 check from The Buttery, which is locally owned but not a Think Local First member, so the check can get back in the race. All five $100 checks, donated by local financial institutions, must be spent at one of the 640 Think Local First member businesses to keep the money circulating locally.
Social media seminar Saturday
A seminar on social media, search engine optimization and engagement marketing strategies will take place 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Satellite Telework Center, 6265 Highway 9.
Speakers are Maggie Barr, chief marketing officer, and Kathy Long, chief executive officer, from Kat & Mouse Co. Cost is $20 per person.
To reserve, go to http://bit.ly/feltonworkshops. For information, call 252-0504.