Around the Valley

The 2004 San Jose International Auto Show Charity Preview Gala was held January 6. Pictured are (from left) Santa Clara County supervisor Liz Kniss; Mary Ellen Fox; Mike Fox, Sr.; and Santa Clara County tax assessor Larry Stone. For additional photos click here.

Book notes

Los Gatos author Elina Wong has written a book offering families many options on educational places to visit in the Bay Area. Titled Kids’ Adventures Around San Francisco Bay, the book, scheduled for release in April, includes educational places to go, things to do and classes to take in the North Bay, peninsula, Silicon Valley, East Bay and Santa Cruz. Wong is a former product line manager in the health care industry and a former market researcher with Apple Computers Inc.

Hospice help

After a month-long fund-raising campaign, Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) presented Hospice of the Valley (HOV) with a check for $22,238.60. The proceeds were the net result of AVAC's successful Celebration of Life activities held this past October, during Breast Cancer Awareness, that benefited Hospice of the Valley. "We were very happy to be able to do this event and have Hospice of the Valley be the recipient of these dollars," said Joe Shank, co-founder of AVAC. "Many of our club members and staff have been touched by hospice," added Shank. "They provide a wonderful service that will affect us all at some time."

To your health

Good Samaritan Hospital has implemented a new program for the treatment of septic shock, a disease that affects 500,000 people annually in the United States and that is 100% fatal if not treated. Septic shock is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States. The new Shock Protocol Program has the potential to save over 100,00 lives per year nationwide. Good Samaritan Hospital is the second and largest community hospital to implement this new shock program in the United States. Other hospitals are already looking to Good Samaritan for direction in starting similar programs.


Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Inc. has been named by Yahoo! HotJobs as one of eight Junior Achievement grant recipients nationwide. As part of the online recruitment leader’s renewed commitment to help job seekers find work in the New Year, the local grant will help young and future workers better understand how to enter the workforce.

Junior Achievement offices in Silicon Valley/Monterey Bay, San Francisco, Philadelphia New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Boston are each receiving $5,000. Yahoo! HotJobs is also allowing up to 10 free online job postings for all eligible non-profits through February 2004. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Yahoo! is additionally investing $20,000 to support its local communities through Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay’s workforce readiness and economic education programs. Finally, from the remaining funds for JA’s national youth job skills and training initiatives, Yahoo! HotJobs will award a $20,000 bonus to the Junior Achievement office whose area posts the most resumes!

Just in time to begin the new year, the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View announced that it has successfully met the requirements of The Kresge Challenge, a $750,000 fundraising incentive from The Kresge Foundation. The challenge grant -- given to the school one year ago by the Troy, Michigan foundation -- was designed to encourage the community to culminate CSMA’s capital campaign to build its first permanent home and Silicon Valley’s first-ever Center for Music and Arts Education by a January 1st, 2004 deadline.

Grants (continued)

Year-end calls by members of CSMA’s board of directors and executive director resulted in donations of $285,000, thus bringing CSMA over its Kresge goal. As the year 2003 came to a close, CSMA had raised a total of $11.3 million. CSMA is currently planning a March grand opening gala benefit and a series of special events and free activities for its grand opening community days. For information about the new facility, programs, events, and to help CSMA complete its campaign, see or contact capital campaign manager Kristina Rockhold at 650.917.6800, ext. 329 or [email protected]

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County has provided a $1 million grant to the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to fund innovative projects that will focus on the cognitive, social and emotional development of children through age 5. Little Water Ways is the first of several of these projects; a series of water exhibits designed and built specifically for children ages 0 to 5.

TheatreWorks, the Peninsula’s acclaimed professional theatre company, announced that Microsoft Corp. has donated $15,000 in support of TheatreWorks for Schools interactive Shakespeare tour, Shakespeare: The Remix. The project is expected to reach more than 8,000 Bay Area students in 30 different schools.

School scene

The National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ), a human relations organization, has announced the winners of its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Student Writing/Art/Multimedia contest. There was a two-way tie for the Grand Prize between Nancy Tai of Mt. Pleasant High School and Sancho Poon of Piedmont Hills High School, who both won based on their submissions in art. Liza Marie Delos Reyes of William Overfelt High School garnered top honors for her essay in the writing category. Jessica Nguyen of Evergreen Valley High School won Grand Prize for multimedia. “All students are winners and so is the community,” said Bart Charlow, executive director of the NCCJ. “These students translated Dr. King's timeless values and lessons so effectively and elegantly that belies their age. We could all learn a thing or two from these kids." Overall, 69 winners and the top three submissions from all participating schools were honored at a January 16 luncheon at San Jose Summit Center. Submissions were received from more than 3,500 students from the sponsoring East Side Union High School District’s 12 schools. Sponsors of the event include Lockheed Martin Space Systems, NBC11, KLIV and Silicon Valley Biz Ink.

Harvesting accolades

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties was recently ranked second in the nation among nonprofits for its fiscal responsibility and effectiveness by Charity Navigator, America's online consumer source for charity ratings. Second Harvest Food Bank is a private nonprofit organization that collects and distributes more than 27 million pounds of food each year to low-income children, adults and seniors. The Food Bank currently serves an average of 165,000 individuals each month; nearly 60% are families with children. Second Harvest Food Bank attributes the accomplishment to strong business acumen and operating policies. "People often believe that because we are a nonprofit we operate at a lower standard with regard to financial operations. In fact, we hold ourselves even more accountable because we depend upon our donor's generosity and their continuing support of our mission. Without their confidence, we simply wouldn't be in business," says Food Bank executive director, David A. Sandretto

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