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LACF to honor local nonprofit volunteers

The Los Altos Community Foundation is scheduled to honor local volunteers at its 10th annual John W. Gardner Awards dinner 5:30-8 p.m. April 3 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

More than two dozen nonprofit organizations serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and/or Mountain View nominated volunteers who have made a significant difference in the community.

“The Gardner Awards are unique in our communities because any nonprofit can nominate an exceptional volunteer, instead of an independent panel,” said Joe Eyre, executive director of the foundation. “This enables all nonprofits, including small ones, to recognize honorees with the broader local philanthropic community.”

This year’s nominees and the organizations they serve: 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; 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 MVLA High School Foundation; Joanna Read, Music for Minors; Ann Hepenstahl, Oak Avenue 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; and Carol Worthington-Levy, Schola Cantorum.

The awards are named for John W. Gardner, former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and honorary founder of the Los Altos Community Foundation. Nominees exhibit civic entrepreneurship and community service in the public arena, education, government, science and technology or arts and letters.

For more information, visit losaltoscf.org.

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