2014 Gardner Award Honorees Announced

claudiaandsemitian1Los Altos Community Foundation Announces 2014 Honorees for John W. Gardner Awards

Los Altos Community Foundation has announced the volunteers who will be honored at its 10th annual John W. Gardner awards dinner on April 3rd. Twenty-six non-profits serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and/or Mountain View have nominated exceptional volunteers who have made a significant difference for their organization.

The Gardner Awards are unique in our communities because any non-profit can nominate an exceptional volunteer, instead of an independent panel”, said Joe Eyre, Executive Director of LACF. This enables all non-profits, including small ones, to recognize honorees with the broader local philanthropic community.”

The Gardner Award volunteer nominees include:

• Kit Gordon, Acterra

• Rose Rambo and Jim Clark, Assistance League of Los Altos

• Aila Malik, Challenge Team of Mountain View/Los Altos

• Ineke Ligtenberg, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

• Paul Kraus, Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

• Richard Strock, Day Worker Center of Mountain View

• Claudia Coleman, El Camino Hospital Foundation

• Alice Nuzzo, Family & Children Services

• Lee Winchell, Friends of Deer Hollow Farm

• Gary Hedden, GreenTown Los Altos

• Kevin Thompson, Hope’s Corner

• Alison Kibrick, Just Read

• Julie Cates, Krause Center for Innovation

• Tom Smith, Los Altos Amateur Radio Emergency Service

• Nancy Manning, Los Altos Community Foundation

• Mardell Blaufarb, Los Altos Sister Cities

• Jim Thurber, Los Altos Stage Company

• Glenn Goldberg, dual nominee of Los Altos Educational Foundation and the MVLA High School Foundation

• Joanna Read, Music for Minors

• Ann Hepenstahl, Oak School PTA

• James Otieno, Palo Alto University

• Bonnie Burdett, Partners for New Generations

• Alan Bien, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra

• JoAnn Buchanan, Peninsula Youth Theatre

• Alice Lee, Santa Rita School PTA

• Carol Worthington-Levy, Schola Cantorum, Inc.


This event, named for John W. Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and honorary founder of the Los Altos Community Foundation, exemplifies his life’s devotion to bettering our society. It honors Dr. Gardner’s legacy by highlighting volunteers who exhibit his civic entrepreneurship and community service in any of the five areas of his career – public service, education, government, science and technology, and arts and letters.