“Celebrate Architecture” party at the Fenwick home

The Los Altos Community Foundation’s Neutra House Fund and Jan and Bob Fenwick are hosting a fundraising party at the Fenwick home on September 22nd. The theme is ‘Celebrate Architecture” and the proceeds help pay off the construction loan required to move and restore the house as an architecture history exhibit and public meeting facility.
The party includes a program interviewing architects involved in building the Fenwick home and the original Foothill campus. Goody Steinberg passed away last year, but a young architect helped him with the Fenwick home. Alex Bergtraun along with Bob Fenwick will talk about the design of this architectural gem. Carroll Rankin who is just turning 94 was the project architect assigned to get the original campus built properly. Carroll worked with Cal Flint and Bob Smithwick and Ernie Kump and two construction contractors to build the award-winning campus.
If you did not receive an invitation, you can sign up and pay for the party on-line: www.neutrahouse.org. Go to the “upcoming events” tab to pay and to find instructions for parking.

Roaring ’20s gala for Community Foundation from Palo Alto Daily News

When costumed guests arrived at the beautifully restored Los Altos Hills Tudor mansion, Stonebrook Court, it looked like a scene from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby.”

The occasion was “A Roaring ’20s Gala: Los Altos Community Foundation Celebrates 20 years of Community!”

Women wearing flapper dresses, feather headdresses and lots of long beaded necklaces, and their gangster and/or gentlemen partners enthusiastically celebrated friendship, the illustrious history of the organization.

Before dinner, homeowner Kelly Porter said it was a “coming out party for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills,” and that he hoped it would be the beginning of many more fun occasions.

Foundation founder and Executive Director Roy Lave welcomed 225 guests to the garden party that featured a photo opportunity with a collection of antique cars, a silent and live auction, a gourmet dinner on the lawn, dancing on the terrace to the music of Jazz ConneXion, casino play in the grand ballroom, and a champagne toast by Foundation Board President Dennis Young.

Longtime supporters Bill and Claudia Coleman and Steve and MicheleKirsch posed with antique cars donated by attendees.

Some of the guests were as colorful as Fitzgerald’s jazz-era characters. Rich Redelfs showed off his Thompson machine gun, and Gay Krause completely covered her short dress with dollar bills.

Lave presented an interesting history of the foundation, bestowed bouquets of summer flowers on gala co-chairwomen Lani Dorff and Nancy Manning, and gave special recognition to original donors and board members, including King and Ginny Lear, Roger Brunello, Ann and George Limbach, Mary Prochnow, Vicki and Dan Reeder, Marge and Mike Bruno, Jean and Art Carmichael, Bob Grimm and Penny Lave.

Proceeds from this first fundraising event are to continue the work of the foundation, which originator Jim Reynolds envisioned to be a vehicle for making donations to the community. The foundation is involved with sponsoring new charitable nonprofit organizations, managing and disbursing grant funds and bringing the community together. The E-cubed youth program is an example: It aims to “educate, engage and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and world communities.”

Volunteer auctioneer state Sen. Joe Simitian sold a seven-course wine dinner at Stonebrook Court (it included a personal tour of the mansion by Kelly Porter) that will be hosted by past board chairmen. Longtime supporters Larry and Anne Hambly made one of the winning bids. New to the foundation were Gayla and Walt Wood, who won a three-night say in a gorgeous vacation home in Deer Valley, Utah.

“The spirited celebration was a fitting tribute to Los Altos Community Foundation’s 20 years of building community,” Lave said. 



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LACF Members Praise Gala

Karen Duncan poses with a 20's car

[dropcap1]C[/dropcap1]ongratulations for an oustanding community event! You have to be very proud of your 20th Anniversary Gala as it was done as well as any I have seen.  It was a great affair and fun!

Kudos to all of you who worked so hard on this.
Dr. Richard L. Henning
Professor/Dean/Vice-President, Emeritus
Foothill College
[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]t was an amazing, very special event.  Memorable for its charm and thoughtfulness, rich in variety.  It’s one for the books!
Karen Duncan
The PrimeTime Project

LACF 20 Years of Giving Covered by Town Crier

Without the identifying sign out front, the well-kept, historical house at 183 Hillview Ave. could be mistaken for just another quiet neighborhood residence. But the old abode is headquarters for a foundation with a diverse lineup of community-building services – from nurturing and funding non-profit groups, to offering mediation and leadership classes.

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), in its 20th year, manages local residents’ donor-advised funds and disburses most of its annual $200,000 allocation from the Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation to non-profit groups.


Gala Makes Patch “Get Out” section


It’s Thursday, and if you have no idea what you’ll do for the weekend, Patch is coming to the rescue.


We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.




Where/When: Stonebrook Court, Los Altos Hills; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Why Go: Don your 1920s regalia and head to the “Roaring 20’s Gala” for a night of extravagant fun including casino play and a silent auction. Hosted by the Los Altos Community Foundation, Event begins with a cocktail reception and follows with a sit-down dinner, music and dancing. Proceeds will support LACF’s mission to build community through grants to local programs that address community needs.


Price: Bids are $175 per person; table for 10 is $1750; email mdavis@losaltoscf.org for tickets






Step into the 20’s at Los Altos Costume Bank

The Assistance League Costume Bank is the perfect place to get that look from the 20’s whether you’re a flaggper or a gangster! They have many Roaring 20’s items in stock now, some for rent and some for purchase. Get down there quickly for the best selection – they will hold it for you for Gala weekend.
You may even call them for a personal fitting and style guidance at 650-941-2610 and the Costume Bank is generously donating $5 of every rental back to LACF.
The Costume Bank is a nonprofit business owned and operated by Assistance League of Los Altos, an autonomous chapter of the National Assistance League.

LAMP helps resolve local conflict

Hello Tuck & Roy- 

The Recreation Department utilized the services of LAMP to successfully resolve a field use conflict between two youth soccer groups. I was impressed by all the people we worked with at LAMP, Ric Rudman and Annette Graff in particular.  By working through LAMP, we were able to create a safe and supervised environment for the two groups to air their differences, open lines of communication and broker a deal for equitable field use. The supervised meetings conducted by LAMP allowed staff to participate in a neutral manner and not be caught between the distrust each group had for the other.  Ric and Annette also gave instruction to staff prior to each meeting that was very effective.

 Thank you for continuing to provide this important service to the Los Altos community. Please pass my appreciation on to both Ric and Annette.


 Beverly Tucker

Recreation Director 

City of Los Altos Recreation Department

LAMP was initiated in February 1995 following the training of over a dozen mediators. As of 2006, LACF contracted with Project Sentinel to administer LAMP still using six of the original community mediators as volunteers for resolving community disputes. LAMP is managed by a board.

John W. Gardner Awards April 7, 2011

Our traditional awards ceremony, the 8th Annual John W. Gardner Awards, where non-profits acknowledge their outstanding volunteers happened on April, 7 2011.

This award ceremony included the 47th Annual Los Altos Community Service Award given to long-time volunteer Pinky Whelan. The evening was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto and was sponsored by Borel Private Bank and Trust. After dinner served to over 200 attendees, the Gardner Awards were presented to: John Sylvester of Bus Barn Stage Company, Dr. Larry and Bernis Kretchmar of El Camino Hospital Foundation, Peter Thurston of Hidden Villa, Marge Sentous of JustREAD, Cindy and David Luedtke of the Los Altos Community Foundation for the Day Worker’s Center, and Grace Johnston of Music for Minors.