2018 Gardner Awards Dinner A Great Success

Volunteers Honored for Going Above & Beyond!

Los Altos Community Foundation’s Gardner Awards is always an anticipated community event and this year’s celebration, Above & Beyond, was no exception. A sold-out crowd of 250 community leaders, volunteers, nonprofit and business leaders, gathered at the University Club in Palo Alto on March 21 to recognize 19 dedicated volunteers from local nonprofits who selflessly give their time and talent for the benefit of our community.

Master of Ceremonies, comedian and tech entrepreneur Sean O’Kane, led the festivities with both humor and genuine appreciation for each of the honorees who were then invited to the stage to receive awards and a handshake from Los Altos Community Foundation Executive Director, Joe Eyre – as well as enthusiastic applause.

Larissa Robideaux, Executive Director for Center of Excellence in Nonprofits, provided the inspiring keynote which touched on her father’s dedication to nonprofit service and why the service one gives is the legacy one leaves.

John W. Gardner said that “True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talent,” and that certainly rings true when realizing the many contributions of these volunteers.

The following is a list of the 19 volunteer Gardner Awards honorees along with a few words of appreciation from the nonprofits they represent:

Joan MacDonald, Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)
“A founding parent of CHAC, Joan is CHAC’s best ambassador, always promoting CHAC’s mental health services to children and families in our community.”

Midori Adams, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
“Midori’s care, advocacy, and consistent attention to the needs of foster youth demonstrate her deep commitment to helping children and Child Advocates.”

Phil Rose, Community Services Agency (CSA)
“Phil’s commitment to CSA, the community, and people in need make him a deserving recipient of the Gardner Award.”

Kathie Franger, Day Worker Center of Mountain View
“Kathie exemplifies and inspires what is best in the human spirit. Her passion for social justice makes her an important player in all her work supporting the Day Worker Center.”

Phyllis Dorricott, El Camino Hospital Foundation
“Phyllis is a volunteer, leader, and donor par excellence! We are grateful for her dedication to El Camino Hospital and the health of our community.”

Michelle Galbraith, Festival of Lights Parade Association
“Michelle’s outstanding efforts have enabled the Festival of Lights parade to grow and continue to delight children and adults of our community.”

Sue Gale, Friends of Deer Hollow Farm
“Sue has transformed the Friends Board and fundraising, enabling the Farm to thrive and host more than 100,000 visitors a year.”

Natalie Kataoka, Grassroots Ecology
“Grassroots Ecology proudly honors Natalie for her extraordinary service to improve our natural world – and her inspiring dedication, integrity, and kindness as a Grassroots volunteer.”

Mike Hacker, Hope’s Corner
“Hope’s Corner is grateful to Mike for his volunteer and fundraising efforts. We honor him for his passion and dedication to our mission.”

Bob Kresek, Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF)
“LACF salutes Bob for his creative and innovative ideas that always place our donors and the community at the forefront of what we do.”

Jennifer Carlstrom, Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF)
“Jennifer’s service on the LAEF Board and passion for public education and student advocacy has contributed greatly to the goal of achieving educational excellence in our community.”

Eleanor Watanabe, Los Altos History Museum
“As the talented, creative, and future-oriented Co-President of the Los Altos History Museum Board, Eleanor pushes the museum to embrace new possibilities.”

Nancy Williams, Los Altos Stage Company
“Los Altos Stage Company thanks and salutes Nancy for her dedication to the arts, and for supporting live theater in our community.”

Bob Adams, Mentor Tutor Connection
“Mentor Tutor Connection salutes our co-founder and tireless volunteer, Bob, for his leadership, passion and energy in growing MTC to serve all 22 public schools in Los Altos and Mountain View.”

Sharon Barkoff, Music for Minors
“Music for Minors thanks Sharon for her insight, commitment, and inspiring leadership that helped spur MFM’s growth to now reach 25,000 children in schools throughout Silicon Valley.”

Judy Crates, MVLA Challenge Team
“MVLA Challenge Team honors Judy for her very active involvement in the issues that influence children and adults in our local community. We are grateful for her time, energy and passion.”

Rachel Botsford, MVLA Scholars
“MVLA Scholars is thrilled to honor Rachel for the incredible and unwavering support, advice, love, and encouragement that she has provided to her two Scholars. She has truly changed their lives.”

Doug Kundrat, Peninsula Youth Theatre
“Peninsula Youth Theatre thanks and honors Doug for his enthusiastic leadership in transforming our set building department and his ongoing support of PYT.”

Chuck Lindauer, Rotary Club of Los Altos
“Rotary Club of Los Altos is pleased to honor Chuck, the informational technology ‘go-to’ volunteer for the club and many community nonprofits. He exemplifies our club motto: ‘Service Above Self’.“

Former LACF Board Co-Chair Claudia Coleman named 2016 Los Altan of the Year

Claudia Coleman PhotoThe Town Crier has named Claudia Coleman, a longtime resident who has held leadership positions at the Los Altos Community and El Camino Hospital foundations, 2016 Los Altan of the Year.

Modeled after Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, the Town Crier’s annual honor recognizes a resident whose volunteer work generates goodwill and forwards Los Altos’ reputation as an outstanding community.

From the Los Altos Town Crier

Claudia has been involved with LACF since 1996, participating in LACF’s first Leadership Education Advancement Class (LEAD).  Since then she has contributed actively as a member of the LACF board and has served as program manager for the LEAD since 2009.

She is currently a member and past-chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board. She previously served on the boards of the American Red Cross and Pilgrim Haven, now known as The Terraces of Los Altos.  Claudia was recognized for her volunteerism by Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards and the John W. Gardner Award .

Thanks for your dedication to your community, Claudia. From your friends at LACF.

Liz Simons of Heisings-Simons Foundation to speak at Gardner Awards Dinner

LizPic2014ALiz 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.

WOMEN SV

Ruth Patrick, of LACF program WOMEN SV, is being recognized for her contributions to our community.

The Santa Clara County Psychological Association (SCCPA) gives the Agency Award each year to an agency whose contributions have significantly enhanced the well-being of the community at large, and includes in its mission the task of serving an underserved population, said Jeffrey S. Kline, past president of the SCCPA.

“Until I met Ruth, I did not realize how great the need was for her services in our affluent community,” said Kline, who practices in Menlo Park. Kline has sat in on the organization’s domestic violence support groups, accompanied Patrick to a conference, and allowed her to use his office on many occasions.

“The love and care Ruth shows toward the women who come to her, who have no where else to turn, is inspiring.”

from Los Altos Patch

 

2012 Gardner Award Winners

Left to Right: Dennis Young, LACF Board Chairman; Ron Cooper, Challenge Team of Mountain View – Los Altos – Los Altos Hills; Fran Verlot, Rotary Club of Los Altos; Ginny Dolan, Community Health Awareness Council; Kay Payne, Los Altos Art Docents; Angela Richards, Festival of Lights Parade Association; Bob Galen, Kiwanis Club of Los Altos; Kathy Thibodeaux, Community School of Music and Arts; Danielle Maddox, Friends of the Library; and Liz Nyberg, Los Altos History Museum. Not able to attend was Duncan MacVicar of Community Services Agency.

Our community made the 9th Annual Johyn W. Gardner Community Building Awards a rousing success by selling out the event.

Attendees were treated to a buffet breakfast at the Fremont Hills Country Club and witty banter by LACF Board Chairman, Dennis Young.

9th Annual Gardner Awards Breakfast April 19

The 9th Annual John  W. Gardner Community Building Awards

Thursday, April 19, 2012

 

 

We must delight in each other, make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our community as members of the same body.

John W. Gardner

 

 

7:30 am – Seating for breakfast

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Fremont Hills Country Club, Los Altos Hills

Honoring volunteers by Challenge Team, CHAC, CSA, CSMA, Friends of the LIbrary, Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos Kiwanis, Los Altos Rotary, Festival of Lights

Reservations are $35.00 per person plus Paypal fees.

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