Applied Materials Named Silicon Valley’s Fittest Firm; $400,000-Plus Raised for Charities at Turkey Trot
Early on an icy cold Thanksgiving morning, nearly 15,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of downtown San Jose, California to participate in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. They raised more than $425,000 for three local charities addressing critical community needs.
As part of the sixth annual event, Applied Materials won the Valley’s Fittest Firm trophy for having the greatest number of registrants – 568 – at the 2010 Turkey Trot. A side bet between Applied and Silicon Valley Bank, last year’s Fittest Firm, resulted in the bank’s CEO making additional gifts of $3,000 to each of the Trot’s three beneficiaries.
There also was an all-time-high number of participants who lined up to start the Turkey Trot to raise record-breaking amounts of donations for three charities: Second Harvest Food Bank, The Housing Trust, and the Children’s Health Initiative on Thanksgiving morning.
The Second Harvest Food Bank also is a main beneficiary of the Applied Materials Food Drive.