Genentech Goes to Town 2010

September 13th, 2010

In 2010, Genentech Goes to Town takes place September 13 to September 24 in South San Francisco, Vacaville, Oceanside and Hillsboro. Again this year, the Genentech Goes to Town program supports our communities by providing employees with special "GenenMoney" to spend at local businesses.

Genentech launched the "Genentech Goes to Town" community relations program in 1993 to support the local community by encouraging employees to get to know local businesses in the communities in which they live and work. Genentech provides $25 in special GenenMoney to each employee during a two-week period and encourages them to support local shop owners and the continued development of the downtown business areas. The special "GenenMoney" is redeemable only at participating businesses.

For the third consecutive year, as part of Genentech Goes to Town the company is also making charitable contributions to local community nonprofits, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Solano County Food Bank and the North County Food Bank.

"I believe that the Genentech Goes to Town program exemplifies our culture very well and is one more way for Genentech to demonstrate our commitment to the communities in which we work and live," said Ian T. Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Genentech. "We hope that by encouraging our employees to make additional purchases in our local communities we are able to provide an economic boost."

Key Figures

  • In 2010, Genentech Goes to Town celebrates its 18th year in South San Francisco, 11th year in Vacaville, fifth year in Oceanside and second year in Hillsboro.
  • Since the program's inception, more than $2 million has been distributed to support merchants in the company's hometowns.
  • More than 200 local businesses in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside are participating in the program: 83 in South San Francisco, 69 in Vacaville, 38 in Oceanside and 33 in Hillsboro.

"Genentech has poured more than one million dollars in the South San Francisco downtown since the inception of the program 18 years ago.  We are pleased that this program allows Genentech employees another opportunity to get to know our downtown merchants as they shop or enjoy a meal in their corporate hometown."

-- Maria Martinucci, Chief Executive Officer, South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce