The Los Altos Town Crier has named Ed and Pamela Taft its 2019 Los Altans of the Year.
The Los Altos Hills residents have made a major impact locally, nationally and internationally, giving their time and money to a multitude of good causes.
Both from well-established families in New England, the Tafts have donated millions of dollars to fund initiatives supporting education, health care and the environment.
They’ve contributed greatly to El Camino Hospital. The Tafts were early funders of the capital campaign to build the new main hospital, and their donations led to the arrival of the Da Vinci surgical robot that put the hospital at the forefront of cutting-edge technology.
The Tafts devote their personal time, as well as money. Pamela has served on the board of the El Camino Hospital Foundation, and Ed has served on the board of the Los Altos History Museum. They also contribute to local nonprofit groups such as Pandemonium Aviaries and WomenSV.
On a national level, Ed remains a major benefactor of his alma mater, St. Mark’s preparatory school in Massachusetts. It laid the foundation for a celebrated career in computer science, including 30 years of pioneering work at Adobe Systems.
The Tafts also fund major environmental projects in Idaho and Maine through The Nature Conservancy. They were big contributors to a successful renaissance of the New England Aquarium – the Tafts’ first major philanthropy gift, which occurred the day after they were married in 2003.
Internationally, the Tafts have contributed heavily to the celebrated Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School in Honduras.
Watch for a full-length feature article on the Tafts’ myriad achievements in the Jan. 1 issue.
The Town Crier has scheduled a dinner honoring the Tafts Jan. 14 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club. Tickets are $95 per person. To RSVP, call Howard Bischoff at the Town Crier, 948-9000.
Fashioned after Time Magazine’s Person of the Year designation, the annual Los Altan of the Year is awarded to local residents whose contributions promote goodwill and enhance Los Altos’ reputation as a community that cares.
The hope is that such honors will inspire others to engage in philanthropy and volunteerism.