2016 Gardner Awards in pictures

Thanks to all the honorees, sponsors and attendees for making this another great Gardner Awards dinner. If you want to support more activities like this, please donate to LACF.

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2016 Gardner Award Honorees

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GA_haticon1Carla Dorow  

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm
Chris McKinney  

Music for Minors
Steve Geisheker  
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Annette Graff  

Project Sentinel
Russ Satake  

El Camino Hospital Foundation
Cynthia Razo  

Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College
Dorothea (Dot) Long  

Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community
Jamie Lucia  

Los Altos Forward
Carol Garsten  

Los Altos Forward
Shannon Coleman  

Animal Assisted Happiness
Berton Keith  

Palo Alto University
Elena Pacheco

Hope’s Corner
Melanie Tobias

Cantabile Youth Singers
Clay Campbell

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley
Elizabeth Hernandez

Sue Graham

Cathy Humphers Smith

TACO Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra
Stephen Wu

Boy Scouts of America Troop 37 Los Altos
Kristine Bardman

Los Altos Educational Foundation & MVLA High School Foundation
Alice Montgomery

Los Altos Stage Company
Linda Eckols

Mentor Tutor Connection
Karen Eustis

Reading Partners
Dick Henning

Los Altos Rotary
Barbie Koch

Peninsula Youth Theater (PYT)
(MVPD Officer) Robert Taylor

Challenge Team
Sherie Dodsworth

Los Altos Community Foundation

Community Engagement specialist Daniel Harris, Knight Foundation Program Director, to speak at Gardner Awards

DannyH_0031 copyLos Altos Community Foundation is excited to announce that Daniel Harris, Knight Foundation program director, will be our featured speaker at the 2016 Gardner Awards dinner.

Prior to joining Knight, Daniel was a principal of StorySocial, a creative design studio in Washington, D.C. In that role, he helped businesses, cities, foundations and brands more effectively collect and share their stories online and in person to build stronger communities.

He is also co-founder of Feastly, a venture capital-backed online marketplace that allows cooks to turn their homes into restaurants and promotes community connections at the dinner table. Previously, he was the chief storytelling officer for People’s District, an online oral history project launched in Washington, D.C., that collected and shared a profile of one city resident a day.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Princeton University. His work has been featured in, among others, Fast Company, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and Wired. The Washington Post called him a “modern-day Studs Terkel.”

Harris has delivered presentations around the world and is a regular speaker on topics such as storytelling, community building and creative placemaking. He was chosen as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow and is an award-winning DJ and photographer.


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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.

Gardner Awards Welcomes Back Jeff Applebaum

After 20+ years in California, this New York City native is finally learning to understand the local language. Jeff’s comedy examines his particular life experiences, which include being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens, moving to Long Island for high school, having a Chinese wife and raising children who calls themselves “Jewnese,” because he says it sounds better than “Chine-ish.”
Jeff made his national U.S. TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”  He has also appeared on Comics Unleashed and Comedy.TV, Byron Allen’s nationally syndicated Entertainment Studio programs, ABC-TV, and opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Kevin Pollak, Jake Johannsen, and more.  He’s also a frequent guest on KGO Radio, AM810.
Jeff was cast by Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett’s son, to play the principal role of Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute “The Rat Pack Is Back,” in San Francisco, Chicago, Manchester, NH, and Las Vegas. Jeff is also credited and appears in the blockbuster film “The Pursuit of Happyness,” starring Will Smith.
Prior to comedy, Jeff worked as an engineer, using his two degrees from MIT. Along with performing, he is currently developing Comedy Apps, and lives with his wife and three children in Silicon Valley, California.  Learn more athttp://www.jeffapplebaum.com

Gardner Award Honorees preview

With a few days left to nominate your Gardner Honoree, we thought we’d give you a preview of the current Gardner Award Honorees:

CrownieBillikLeague of Women Voters
DanaBunnettMVLALAH Challenge Team
LucyCarterLos Altos Stage Company
StephanieCharlesAmerican Red Cross
CathyCombsMusic for Minors
KathleenCregerCommunity Services Agency
LaniDorffSky’s the Limit Fund
CarolDoup MullerPeninsula Youth Theatre
KathyFerogliaHope’s Corner
PaulKelleherLos Altos Little League
JeffKellmanDay Worker Center of Mountain View
RonLabetichFoothill College Foundation
DeborahMcCarleyWestwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped
AnnaRanieriFamily & Children Services of Silicon Valley
EmyThurberSempervirens Fund
MerylUrdangHidden Villa
TomYehPalo Alto University


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