Thanks to all the honorees, sponsors and attendees for making this another great Gardner Awards dinner. If you want to support more activities like this, please donate to LACF.
Friends of Deer Hollow Farm
Music for Minors
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
El Camino Hospital Foundation
Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College
Dorothea (Dot) Long
Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community
Los Altos Forward
Los Altos Forward
Animal Assisted Happiness
Palo Alto University
Cantabile Youth Singers
Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley
Cathy Humphers Smith
TACO Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra
Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 Los Altos
Los Altos Educational Foundation & MVLA High School Foundation
Los Altos Stage Company
Mentor Tutor Connection
Los Altos Rotary
Peninsula Youth Theater (PYT)
(MVPD Officer) Robert Taylor
Los Altos Community Foundation
Los Altos Community Foundation is excited to announce that Daniel Harris, Knight Foundation program director, will be our featured speaker at the 2016 Gardner Awards dinner.
Prior to joining Knight, Daniel was a principal of StorySocial, a creative design studio in Washington, D.C. In that role, he helped businesses, cities, foundations and brands more effectively collect and share their stories online and in person to build stronger communities.
He is also co-founder of Feastly, a venture capital-backed online marketplace that allows cooks to turn their homes into restaurants and promotes community connections at the dinner table. Previously, he was the chief storytelling officer for People’s District, an online oral history project launched in Washington, D.C., that collected and shared a profile of one city resident a day.
Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Princeton University. His work has been featured in, among others, Fast Company, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Wired. The Washington Post called him a “modern-day Studs Terkel.”
Harris has delivered presentations around the world and is a regular speaker on topics such as storytelling, community building and creative placemaking. He was chosen as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow and is an award-winning DJ and photographer.
Liz Simons is president of the Heising-Simons Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to sustainable, research-based solutions in early childhood education, climate/environment, and science. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Education from Stanford, Liz taught high school English and, subsequently, English as a Second Language in elementary school.
She founded Stretch to Kindergarten, a summer program that facilitates the transition to kindergarten for children without significant preschool experience. Liz currently serves on the Leadership Council of Too Small to Fail, which focuses on improving the health and well-being of America’s youngest children.
She is on the board of the Foundation for a Just Society and a member of the advisory council for Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.
She and her husband, Mark Heising, have two children: Caitlin and Matthew.
With a few days left to nominate your Gardner Honoree, we thought we’d give you a preview of the current Gardner Award Honorees:
|Crownie||Billik||League of Women Voters|
|Dana||Bunnett||MVLALAH Challenge Team|
|Lucy||Carter||Los Altos Stage Company|
|Stephanie||Charles||American Red Cross|
|Cathy||Combs||Music for Minors|
|Kathleen||Creger||Community Services Agency|
|Lani||Dorff||Sky’s the Limit Fund|
|Carol||Doup Muller||Peninsula Youth Theatre|
|Mike||Hammes||FRIENDS OF DEER HOLLOW FARM|
|Paul||Kelleher||Los Altos Little League|
|Jeff||Kellman||Day Worker Center of Mountain View|
|Ron||Labetich||Foothill College Foundation|
|Deborah||McCarley||Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped|
|Anna||Ranieri||Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley|
|Tom||Yeh||Palo Alto University|