Avenidas honors community volunteers


Avenidas, a nonprofit organization that offers longevity and wellness services to Peninsula residents, annually honors a group of older adults for the contributions they make to the community with the Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement Awards.

Three of the nine awardees in 2020 are from the Los Altos area.

This year’s honorees include Fran Codispoti of Los Altos and Gay and Bill Krause of Los Altos Hills. Also honored are Eliane and Armand Neukermans of Portola Valley and Palo Alto residents Betsy Gifford, Steve Player and Alma and Jim Phillips.

Codispoti has served on the Avenidas Board of Directors for 21 years and has volunteered with the Stanford Cancer Council, the Foundation for a College Education, Bay Area Cancer Connections, Human Rights Watch, the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, Gunn High School and the Palo Alto Unified School District.

Gay Krause is executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation and has worked with more than 21,000 educators over the center’s 20 years. She serves on six nonprofit boards, including the YMCA of Silicon Valley, the Foothill-De Anza Foundation, Children Now, the Mountain View/Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Challenge Team, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Board and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Krause has served as chairman of the American Electronics Association and the Junior Achievement Silicon Valley Business Hall of Fame, and was The Citadel’s Alumnus of the Year. He gives back to the community through mentoring and philanthropy.

“The treasure trove of outstanding seniors who have made so many contributions to our community makes our honoree selection process very challenging, and this year was no exception,” said Avenidas President and CEO Amy Andonian. “Each individual’s story is so interesting and rich, and their accomplishments give us all quite a high standard to shoot for in our own lives.”

The award recipients will be honored at a garden party fundraiser 3-5 p.m. May 17. Admission is open to all. Tickets are $85. Proceeds support Avenidas programming.

For tickets and more information, call 289-5445 or visit

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