Avenidas is scheduled to honor the recipients of its 33rd Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement awards 3-4:30 p.m. Sept. 26 online.
The nonprofit organization runs two adult enrichment centers and an adult day health-care center on the mid-Peninsula.
“While the date and venue may have changed a few times due to COVID, the spirit of coming together and celebrating will carry on, as we will all raise a glass to toast this outstanding group of achievers,” said Kari Martell, Avenidas’ vice president of marketing and communications.
This year’s honorees:
• Fran Codispoti. The Los Altos Hills resident joined the Avenidas Board of Directors 21 years ago and also works with the Stanford Cancer Council, the Foundation for a College Education, Bay Area Cancer Connections, the Human Rights Watch Silicon Valley Committee, the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, Gunn High School and the Palo Alto Unified School District.
• Betsy Gifford. She was part of a group that raised money for a new YMCA in East Palo Alto and has served for the past 30 years as part of Gamble Garden’s “Dirty Knees Brigade,” a group of weekly volunteers who work in the gardens. Gifford has served on numerous boards, from the Music Guild at Stanford to the Palo Alto Community Fund.
• Gay and Bill Krause. The Krauses are Los Altos Hills residents. Gay has been executive director of the Krause Center for Innovation for 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 executive board of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.
Bill, former CEO of 3Com Corp., serves on the boards of CommScope, Forward Networks and Smart USA. He is senior adviser to the Carlyle Group and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He served as chairman of the American Electronics Association, was inducted into Junior Achievement Silicon Valley’s Business Hall of Fame and was named The Citadel’s Alumnus of the Year.
• Eliane and Armand Neukermans. Eliane has been involved with organizations including Avenidas, the Palo Alto Community Fund, Foothill College, Environmental Volunteers, the Big Sur Environmental Institute, Human Rights Watch, the Thomas Merton Center, St. Elizabeth Seton School, Portola Valley Ranch, the Global Women Leadership Network, the Jaipur Foot Organization and Amici Lovanienses.
Armand was nominated Silicon Valley Inventor of the Year in 2001 and has been active in supporting and advising social entrepreneurial and environmental efforts. He led a group of retired engineers and scientists in technology research in support of climate mitigation efforts.
• Alma and Jim Phillips. Alma was a teacher, tutor and volunteer for Environmental Volunteers, Deer Hollow Farm, the League of Women Voters and Mid-Peninsula Citizens for Fair Housing.
Jim serves as chairperson of Avenidas, the Palo Alto Family YMCA and Peninsula Habitat for Humanity, and is on the boards of Avenidas, the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula and its Donor Advised Fund, Palo Alto Community Child Care, the Foundation for a College Education, One Dollar For Life and the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto.
• Steve Player. He has assisted many startup nonprofits, including the Stanford Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition, the Foundation for a College Education, Center for a New Generation and Avenidas. He has served on various boards at Stanford, including the Buck/Cardinal Club and the Stanford Historical Society. Player has received several community awards, including the Tall Tree Award from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Red Triangle Award from the YMCA and the Stanford Associates Award.
The event will include Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian showcasing the honorees’ contributions, live guitar music and the opporunity to meet new Avenidas president and CEO Amy Yotopoulos.
The online event is open to all. Tickets are $75. Ticket holders may choose to have snacks, dessert and a bottle of wine delivered to their home pre-ceremony.
For tickets and more information, call 289-5400 or visit avenidas.org.