100 Women foundation hosts seventh annual dinner and fundraiser

The Los Altos-founded 100 Women Charitable Foundation has scheduled its seventh annual Member Dinner and Grant Vote 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The event brings together hundreds of members and their guests for an evening culminating in the disbursement of $165,000 to the foundation’s 2013 grant finalists: CASA of San Mateo County, Counseling and Support Services for Youth, Downtown Streets Team, Fresh Lifelines for Youth, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center.


Panetta talks leadership at Celebrity Forum

Courtesy of Lori Thomas
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta, center, attends a Feb. 19 reception co-hosted by the Foothill Commission and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. Flanking Panetta are Celebrity Forum founder Richard L. Henning and Foothill College President Judy C. Miner.

Leon Panetta, newly retired after a half-century career in government, celebrated a homecoming of sorts with his Feb. 21 appearance at the Celebrity Forum Speaker Series at Flint Center in Cupertino.

The former congressman, U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director was born and raised in Monterey and graduated from Santa Clara University.


Community Briefs

POPs go the easels during ‘Paintout’

Artists from the Peninsula Outdoor Painters (POPs) have scheduled a “Paintout” 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the historical apricot orchard that surrounds the Los Altos Civic Center.

The painters are creating works for an upcoming exhibition, “POPs in the Orchard,” scheduled for display during the month of July at the Los Altos main library.


Student paper, national issue: LAHS Talon editors take on immigration

talon immigration smallLos Altos High School newspaper editors Zoe Morgan and Carly Cohen went on the radio last week to describe the journalism, vocabulary and values behind their student-reported series on classmates who entered the U.S. illegally.


Sunbeam, Sereno realtors team up in fight against childhood bone cancers

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Sereno Group Real Estate and Sunbeam Foundation representatives gather to celebrate Sereno realtors’ $10,000 donation to the foundation. Pictured, from left, are Royce Cablayan, Sylvia Seufferlein, Colleen Rose, Susan Lewandowski, Jeanne MacVicar, Nick Testa, Beth Tompkins, Michele Morrison, Diane Schmitz, Priti Whatley, Brad Wolfe, Pat Looney and Jeff LaBoskey. Wolfe, Looney and LaBoskey hold a framed image of Sunbeam activities that Sereno presented to the foundation.

As word of its mission spreads throughout the community, the Los Altos-based Sunbeam Foundation recently received a sizable donation in its ongoing efforts to fund research for cures for rare childhood bone cancers.

Sereno Group Real Estate in Los Altos Friday presented Sunbeam representatives with a check for $10,000. Sereno employees donated 1 percent of their gross commissions from one fiscal quarter to the foundation as part of their “1% for Good” program.


Los Altos boy spearheads nonprofit to help patients at childrens hospital

Courtesy of Lin Leong
Los Altos resident Bryan Zhang, second from left, receives a certificate from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital for his philanthropic efforts. Pictured, from left, are Lucy Li, Bryan’s mother; Bryan; Jennifer Witte, the hospital’s community relations officer; Sophie Croen, the hospital’s donor relations program assistant; and Alan Zhang, Bryan’s father.

Four years ago, when Los Altos resident Bryan Zhang was 7 years old, he was admitted to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital with pneumonia. During his brief stay, his nurses brought Bryan a stuffed teddy bear to comfort him. He loved the bear and began to feel better.

After returning home, Bryan kept his new bear nearby and thought about the other sick children at the hospital and wondered whether they also received bears or other gifts that lifted their spirits while in the hospital.


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