Relay for Life 2014

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) has been a strong supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event for several years.

We have once again formed a team for the 2014 Relay that will take place at Egan Middle School in Los Altos from 10:00 am, Saturday, June 14th to 10:00 am Sunday, June 15th.

relayWe would like your participation and support. Here is what you can do:

1. Donate to Relay for Life in support of LACF’s team. You can donate in one of two ways:
Online through the following process:
1. Go to this page:
2. Click once on the “Donate” button and pick “Donate to a Team”
3. Find Los Altos Community Foundation
4. Pick “Donate Now” and it will be credited to the LACF team.

Mail a check to:
American Cancer Society, Inc.
747 Camden Avenue, Suite B
Campbell, CA 95008
Make checks to: ACS / Los Altos Relay
Note in the memo line that this is for the “Los Altos Community Foundation”

2. Walk during the relay. 10am Saturday through 10am Sunday.
If you’d like to walk, please contact George Limbach at
NOTE: There is a special Luminaria Ceremony on the Egan Middle School track at 8:00 pm Saturday to remember people we have lost to cancer, to support people who currently have cancer, and to honor people who have fought cancer in the past!

3. Attend LACF’s Luminaria Decorating Party! Friday, June 13th, 4:00- 7:30 pm.
Taking place in the Chan’s backyard at 575 University Avenue, Los Altos.
Paper bags and decorations will be provided. All you have to bring is your creativity and donations (Relay for Life usually asks $10 per bag). Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Los Altos Block Action Team May update

During the month of May the Los Altos Block Action Team (BAT) volunteers were busy promoting emergency preparedness and recruiting BAT leaders  at ‘Fine Arts in the Park’ and at the Farmers Market.   “Our community is very interested in this program – and they understand we need to work together”, stated Sherie Dodsworth, BAT Program Director.

Thirty Los Altos residents signed-up at these events to learn more about the BAT program and to stay informed about the city’s emergency preparedness plans.  When explaining the program, the BAT zone map of the current BAT locations was used.  This map shows the 11 zones and the locations of the Emergency Communication Sites that are part of the continually developing community emergency plan.  For more information about the BAT program or BAT leader training, please visit

Los Altos Block Action Team logo





Lighting the way for Los Altos Relay for Life

Join us fellow LACF members as we support Relay for Life.

One important and touching aspect of the 24-hour relay is the opportunity for people to honor and remember loved ones who have faced cancer. As the sun sets and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of luminaire.

Each illuminated white bag bears the name of someone who has heard the words “you have cancer.” Some luminaire honor cancer survivors and others help us remember those who have died of cancer.  Each represents an individual or family that has been profoundly affected by this disease.

We invite you to join us for hearty hors d’oeuvres and wine at our home on Friday, June 13th, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm to make your own luminaire.    These will be placed around the track the night of the Relay for Life , held at Egan Middle School.  Relay for Life’s suggested donation for each luminaire is $10.

Friday, June 13, 2013. 4:30 – 7:30 pm
At the home of Cam and Albert Chan
575 University Ave.
Los Altos, Ca 94022

Come join us to support this great event!


Richard Bell was one of Los Altos’ premier volunteers, and his untimely death left behind a town in deep mourning. Bell was raised in Los Altos, and committed himself to its well-being.

He served two terms on the Mountain View/Los Altos (MVLA) High School District Board of Trustees, and wrote scores of recommendations for young people seeking college admission. In particular, he devoted countless hours counseling young adults and teens in conflict with, or alienated from, their parents, the school, and society in general.

After his death, his two sons, along with his many admirers and friends, created the Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship as a tribute to his energetic work with youth, and each year, one or more students with profiles similar to Rick’s (bright students, graduating from MVLA Union High School District, from a family of modest means) will receive college scholarships.

The recipients of this year’s Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship are two fortunate students, both from Los Altos High School: Barbara Garcia and Salvador Chavez. This fall, Barbara will attend Clark University, where she will major in Psychology, and Salvador will continue his education at Dominican University in Occupational Therapy. Congratulations to Barbara and Salvador!


Twenty-Four New Scholars

Twenty four hope-filled faces are on their way to college thanks to

scholarships from MVLA Community Scholars. Let us introduce to you:


Yuriria Acevedo-Perez, Ion Blanari, Jesus Caballero, Gloria Carbajal,

Rosa Carrera, Jennifer Corona, Selina Ellis, Jessica Fernandez, Barbara

Garcia, Estefani Gomez Pacheco, Dafne Hernandez, Arely Leon,

Kathleen Maeda, Marco Martinez, Carlos Pacheco-Miranda, Roann

Pao, Oscar Ramirez, Liliana Rios, Victor Ruiz, Nisha Sharma, Karlwillie

Wilson, Lucy Xiao, and Stephanie Yau.


These students are bright. Their average GPA is 3.43. They are

committed to their schools and the community, with interests including glee

club, basketball, gymnastics, football, robotics, water polo, MV

Police Explorer, and helping seniors with technology.


They are all over-achievers; many are recent immigrants from the Philippines, India,

Mexico, China, (even Moldavia!) and English is their second language. They have worked in food service, at youth camps, and at retail stores to help support their



However, first and foremost, they are determined and ambitious students,

seeking degrees in engineering, computer science, law, nursing,

kinesiology, and environmental studies, to name just a few.  All will be the first in their generation to attend college, and with trained mentors plus yearly

renewable scholarship funds (depending upon academic performance), their likelihood of graduating, based on the performance of previous MVLA Community Scholars awardees, is most promising.

Over the years MVLA Scholars have attended and graduated from a wide range of colleges, including SFSU, UC Berkeley, SJSU, Foothill, Humboldt State, Santa Clara University, and UC Merced.


If you would like to help a local student in need, please contact us via


MVLA Community Scholars is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.