Hidden Villa to honor humanitarians at annual dinner-fundraiser Saturday

Hidden Villa has scheduled its 20th annual Duveneck Dinner and Humanitarian Awards 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The farm-to-table fundraiser is billed as a gathering of friends, community members, partners and supporters aimed at ensuring accessibility to Hidden Villa’s programs and care for the 1,600 acres of farm and wilderness that serve as a living laboratory for children and adults alike.

Guests will start the evening with a musical reception featuring the Biodegrading Jazzmen, a silent auction, appetizers and wine donated by Freemark Abbey Winery.

The Humanitarian Awards honor individuals who epitomize the legacy of Hidden Villa’s founders, Josephine and Frank Duveneck.

Local philanthropist Kathy Kwan, a 2015 Humanitarian Award winner, will present the awards to this year’s honorees – Justin Kitch, Ninive Calegari and Dave Eggers, and Lynne and Bill Twist.

Kitch, founder of Curious, uses technology to create platforms that increase access to information and build curiosity.

Calegari and Eggers are champions for education who co-authored “Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers,” co-produced the feature-length film “American Teacher” and co-founded the nonprofit 826 National network of writing centers.

The Twists founded the Pachamama Alliance, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest to preserve their lands and culture.

Tickets are $250. Proceeds support educational programs and scholarships.

For tickets and more information, call 949-9702 or visit

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