Leadership Merced, Class 25, said it raised more than $10,000 for local causes through its luau held this summer.
"We set a goal and with hard work we were able to meet it," event co-organizer and class member Kissy Ward said. "The fundraiser was a stunning success. It just goes to show the community is committed to helping those less fortunate even when the local economy is hurting."
The class will present the check at noon Wednesday at the Merced County Food Bank, 2000 West Olive Ave. The media are invited to attend the event.
Of the proceeds, $9,000 will be going to the food bank to help pay off a walk-in freezer it bought. Until recently, the food bank was unable to accept and hold frozen food.
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"The class thought there was no better cause than helping the food bank feed hungry residents of Merced County and helping the area's youth," event co-organizer Christina Smith said.
The rest of the money, roughly $1,800, will benefit local students.
Leadership Merced, now in its 26th year, is a program run by the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce.