Books for Haiti “Packing Party” on September 21

booksforhaitiFunding and shipping assistance has been obtained, through the generous support of Infinera Corp., to allow us to move 5,000 French language books to the Grace School, Titanyen, Haiti.

This school for orphaned children has NO books, and this will make a tremendous difference in those students’ lives. The hard part NOW will be to ready those books for shipping.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

~Nelson Mandela

A packing party in Pacifica is planned for September 21st, at the home of Michelle Lacourciere.

The “team” will consist of student volunteers from both Los Altos High School (arranged by Seth Donnelly) and Mountain View High School (Marie Thuillier). If YOU would like to volunteer, or know a student who can help on this date, please contact Robert Ende at 408-931-1774.

We are also almost to our goal of $5,000 that will put 40 Kindles in the Mission of Hope School in Grand Goâve, Haiti. To help put this project over the top, and the Kindles on their way to Haiti, please visit


Cindy Reid, Books for Haiti Communications Director


Golf Ball Challenge from our Community Action Team

Katie O’Leary (winner)

Los Altos PREPARE  was represented at both the August 6th National Night Out event and the August 11th Green Day at the Green on State Street in Los Altos.

At the Green Day event attendees were enticed to learn about Los Altos Prepare and LACF by a very large glass jar on our table filled with golf balls. Over 99 people guessed at the number of golf balls inside providing estimates ranging from 50 to 3,000.

Two visitors guessed closest without going over and Katie O’Leary was the winner of the random drawing with a guess of 269.

It’s no guess that an earthquake will eventually strike and Los Altos Prepare is working to make sure our community and neighborhoods are prepared.

One of the initiatives of Los Altos Prepare and LACF is to promote Community Action Teams, which are teams of residents working within their neighborhood to prepare for disasters, prevent crime, and help neighbors get to know neighbors.

To learn more about and/or volunteer for Los Altos Prepare, the Community Action Teams, or LACF, visit the Los Altos Prepare web page or call our office at 650.949.5908.

2013 Foundation Brunch set for October 13

Roy Lave (then)
Roy Lave (then)
Roy Lave (now) with grandaughter, Quincy

Join us Sunday, October 13 for the annual Los Altos Community Foundation Brunch!

Enjoy fabulous food in the Los Altos Golf and Country Club’s main dining room, an elegant setting overlooking the golf course.

1560 Country Club Drive, Los Altos

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This year’s brunch will feature a thought-provoking and celebratory program:

Brief LACF update, Joe Eyre, Executive Director

Keynote talk by Dr. James R. Doty, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Tribute to Roy in pictures and words. This is your chance to take the microphone and express your thoughts about Roy and his deep caring for LACF
and the community.


Dr. James Doty
Dr. James Doty

James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. He collaborates with scientists from a number of disciplines examining the moral, social and neural bases for compassion and altruism.

He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As a philanthropist, Dr. Doty supports a number of charitable organizations supporting peace initiatives and providing healthcare throughout the world. He also supports a variety of research initiatives and has provided scholarships and endowed chairs at multiple universities including Stanford University and Tulane University School of Medicine.

August Note from LACF’s Executive Director

Joe Eyre

As many of you know, Roy officially passed the reins of the Executive Director role to me on August 1st. He will still be quite involved and I’ll look to him often for mentoring.

Nevertheless, I am very excited and honored to be involved with LACF, its mission, and most of all, with you, our community of supporters.

There are over 700 community foundations across the US and like LACF, each of them represent the spirit of America where people come together and collectively solve problems to improve life in their communities.

Community foundations are important because communities are always evolving and important problems of yesterday eventually give way to different problems today. For over 22 years LACF has addressed our community needs, thanks to Roy’s leadership. For example the Los Altos Stage Company (previously Bus Barn) is thriving today. It would have folded 18 years ago if not for a grant from LACF.

Ten years ago we drove past many day workers along the street. Today they have a Day Worker Center from which to find work and support, thanks to LACF’s umbrella support.

Society’s needs, awareness, and standards also evolve.

This year, MVLA Community Scholars provided scholarships to 22 students who are the first in their family to attend college. This was not seen as an important need 20 years ago.

Ruth Patrick has addressed what previously was the unspoken need of Domestic Violence in affluent communities. Programs such as these illustrate that LACF continues to be an important contributor to the improvement of our community.

I invite you to get involved with LACF, through your financial support and/or volunteer energy. By being part of LACF you can pool your resources with others and collectively shape our community for the next 20 years, just like Roy and the original Founders did for the first 20. LACF’s programs and services give you the platform to be an active contributor to our community.

Hope to see you at the Gala,


2013 Gala Program

Stonebrook at Night2013 Gala Program


Cocktail Reception on the Terrace

Choose your favorite Jukebox Tune and Preview the Live Auction Packages

Mint Fizz Complementary Cocktail, Classic Beef Sliders & French Fries

Deviled Eggs, Dogs in a Blanket


Dinner on the Lawn

Provided by Continental Caterers

Graceland Salad & Artisan Breads

Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio’s Main Entrée:

Chicken “Casse-Roll” or Grilled Vegetable Wellington en Croute

Roasted Red Potatoes with Thyme & Rosemary Butter

Garden Vegetables Sautéed in Mustard Seed White Wine Sauce


LACF ~ What We Do For You

Roy Lave & Joe Eyre


Message from Board Chairs

Claudia Coleman & Sherie Dodsworth


Live Auction

Featuring Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

Nancy Manning


Tribute to Retiring Executive Director Roy Lave

Fund-A-Need to Establish

The Roy Lave Fund for Youth & Community

Joe Simitian

8:30 ~ 10:30

Dancing in the Grand Ballroom

Music by RB/X 1950’s Doo Wop Band

Dance Coaching by Hopes Dance

Dessert & Coffee Service on the Terrace

Thanks to our 2013 Gala Underwriters

lacf gala recordThe 2013 Gala is brought to you in part by these underwriters:


I Love Lucy Underwriters

Shelley and Steve Brown

Courtyard by Marriott Palo Altos/Los Altos

Sherie and John Dodsworth


Happy Days Underwriters

Anonymous Donor

Buckingham Asset Management

California Water Service Company

Ellen and Paul Gonella

California State Senator Jerry Hill

Steven & Michele Kirsch

Mission Trail Waste Company

Northern Trust Bank

Opes Advisors

John and Kathy Radford

Rees Properties

Sereno Group & Nancy Manning

Wells Fargo Bank

Young, Craig & Co.







Wonderful Interview with Roy Lave in the Town Crier

I think survival for 22 years – made possible by many regular supporters, hundreds of volunteers and talented staff members – is the proudest achievement. Many of our programs have made a difference, but maybe my favorite is E3 Youth Philanthropy, which gives teenagers training and experience in philanthropy. The most visible accomplishment is the two houses saved – the Community House and Neutra House.


Head over to the Town Crier Online for the rest.

New E3 Video

We have a great new video introducing the philosophy behind E3 Youth Philanthropy. This is a philanthropy program completely run by kids with guidance from E3 director Skye.

The future of philanthropy is in great hands with this group.

2013 Gala Live Auction Packages

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Live Auction Packages

Palm Springs package:  “Heartbreak Hotel”                                       
Value: $8,750
  • Ownership of time-share condo at The Palm Canyon Resort & Spa-1 Bedroom for Two (2) with pull out sofa to sleep four (4). The week is open for you to choose the timing, can easily be upgraded to a two bedroom or exchanged for one of their cooperating resorts in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Los Cabos, Capistrano Beach, San Vincente or Brian Head, Utah. You can also book additional weeks for a discounted price throughout the year. Maintenance fees are $89 quarterly, transfer of title will take 9 to 12 weeks and cost approximately $150, these are the only costs to the winner of this amazing package!
  • Tickets to Polo Match at the Eldorado Polo Club, Palm Springs including a field-side table for Eight (8) at the Emerald Club with 2 Bottles Champagne and Hors d’oeurves platter
  • Stella & Dot Cascading Necklace of Rose, Gold & Copper plated chains with Czech Glass Stones
  • Round of golf for Four (4) at PAGCC as a “warm up” for Palm Springs & Golf Balls


 San Francisco Package:  “I Left my Heart in San Francisco”             
 Value: $2,500
  • Russian Hill Condo for Four (4) for 3 night stay the weekend of March 20 to 23, 2014, or an alternative weekend of your choice, subject to availability
  • Four (4) Tickets to the New Century Chamber Orchestra’s Performance of Atlantic Crossing with Chanticleer Male Chorus on March 21, 2014, at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Feng Shui consult from Lara Pai of Harmonious Interiors
  • Organized hike in the city for Four (4) by Urban Hiker San Francisco


Park City, Utah package:  “Rock Around The Clock”                            

Value: $4,000
  • Three (3) Night stay in a Grande Suite at the Blue Boar Inn during the Ski Season for Two (2) plus gourmet dinner at their 4 Diamond Restaurant
  • Two 2 day pass ski lift tickets to Deer Valley Resort
  • Two (2) single day ski lift tickets to Park City Resort
  • One (1) Tahoe Gold Pass, good any day, any area all ski season – $2,000 value!
  • Serengeti Designer Sun Glasses, One Pair


 Pajaro Dunes Beach Package:  “Love Letters In The Sand”               
 Value: $4,000 
  • Two (2) Nights at 5 Bedroom Pajaro Dunes Beach House
  • Two (2) Nights at The MODERN in Honolulu in a luxury, One (1) ocean view room
  • Genesis Photography Certificate toward portrait session at the beach
  • Rexford Winery in Santa Cruz Private Tour/Tasting plus discount on purchases, hosted by Joe Miller, owner/winemaker
  • Two (2) full Pilates Cardiocamp Sessions for two (2) people in Los Altos
  • Golf for Four (4) at Pajaro Valley Golf Club & Golf Balls
  • Beach Bag with Entertainment for the Weekend


Downtown Progressive Dinner for Six (6):  “I Walk the Line”             
Value: $800 
  • Includes a “tour director” on a Monday thru Thursday of your choice
  • Appetizers at Bella Vita
  • Sampler Plate at Opa
  • Dessert Favor Bags from Gourmet Works and Port at Sit & Share spot downtown
  • Six Celebrity Forum Speaker Series tickets for Jacques Pepin on Thursday, April 24, 2014
  • Six copies of Jacques Pepin’s “Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food” Cookbook signed by the chef


Wine Country package for 6:  “Shine on Harvest Moon”                      
Value: $3,000 
  • Three (3) Rooms at the Napa Bel Abri Inn for Two Nights
  • Opus Wine Twilight Tour & Tasting. Private, after-hours event for Six (6) with elegant hors d’oeuvres and multi-vintage tasting hosted by Opes winemaker, Michael Silacci
  • 2006 Oberon Hillside Reserve, Napa Valley Cabernet, 750 ml bottle, signed by David Mondavi
  • Box Lunch for Six (6) from LeBoulanger for the drive to Napa
  • DeMartini Fruit Basket


Sports Enthusiast package: “Greased Lightning”                                 
Value: $1,200 
  • Giants/Padres Game Tickets for Four (4) at AT&T Park, Saturday, Sept 28, 1:05 pm game (Young & Co. Donation)
  • Two (2) Rooms at The Donatello Hotel, Post Street, San Francisco Saturday, Sept 28
  • Meal for Four (4) at Asian Box, San Francisco
  • Four (4) tickets to  a Saber Cats Football Game
  • Bike Tune Up from Bicycle Outfitter of Los Altos
  • Silicon Valley Tour De Coop, FREE Event for the whole family on your bikes September 14, 2014
  • Four (4) Giant’s Limited Edition 2012 World Champion Parade Snow Globes