About Us

The Black Hat Foundation was organized in 1991 by a group of Tuolumne County residents for the purpose of supporting community events and local non-profit organizations needing help.

The Black Hats have raised funds by producing events such as the Black& White Ball, the Wild West Film Fest Celebrity Golf Tournament, and Music Madness, a day of fun and music for the benefit of local High School Music Departments. As the Black Hats have non-profit status, contributions and much of the cost of event tickets is tax deductible.

Beneficiaries of these events have been

  1. The VNA-Hospice
  2. The Mother Lode Women's Center
  3. The Special Olympics
  4. Sonora High School Music Departments
  5. Summerville High School Music Departments
  6. Habitat for Humanity
  7. ICES
  8. Smile Keepers
  9. WATCH
  10. Tuolumne 4-H
  11. ATCAA
  12. Central Sierra Search and Rescue
  13. Tuolumne County Search & Rescue
  14. Mountain Women's Resource Center 
  15. TeenWorks of Tuolumne County 
  16. Mounted Dream Center
  17. Sierra Repertory Theatre
  18. Boy Scouts of America
  19. Interfaith
  20. Foster Parents Association
  21. Foundation for Excellence in Education
  22. Meals on Wheels

The Black Hat foundation is an all volunteer organization. All income raised from the Charity Ball after expenses is donated to local charities. The success of this program comes from the hard work of it's members, generous donations from local business owners and community members.

Since 2002 we have raised and donated over a quarter of a million dollars to local non profits in Tuolumne County