Third Annual Neutra House Speakers Series starts October 13th

The Neutra House Architecture Speakers Series is bringing some of the best architects in California to Los Altos. Our series is attracting audiences from all around the Bay Area. Three of our speakers are coming up from Southern California.

The first speaker is Charles (Chuck) Davis, the senior partner of EHDD, an architecture firm in San Francisco. Chuck is going to talk about his design of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and memories of working for his clients David and Lucile Packard. EHDD is also known for its expertise on sustainable design and designed the new building under construction on Second Street for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Other speakers are: Rob Steinberg on his father’s legacy as an architect; Professor Thomas Hines, the author of definitive books on Richard Neutra; Craig Hartman of SOM; Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes; and Ray Kappe. These talks are designed for the general public. Learn more at our website where you can purchase tax-deductible series tickets.

“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: 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