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Gary Riekes has been honored with a regional Jefferson Award for Public Service and will be featured on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, at 7:30 am on KPIX-TV and at 11:50 am and 3:50 pm on All News 106.9 AM and 740 AM.

Gary Riekes is being recognized for his role in establishing The Riekes Center, a 42-year-old non-profit organization that is based in Menlo Park. The Riekes Center’s mission is to provide each student with the best possible opportunity to define and accomplish individual goals, build character and learn transferable life skills in an environment of non-judgment and mutual respect. They provide these opportunities regardless of the student’s ability to pay or ability to perform and provide scholarships to 30% of all students.

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Jefferson Award, one of the most respected in the non-profit arena in the Bay Area,” said Gary. “This award recognizes the hard work of our staff, students, board of directors and community supporters.”

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service, the country’s most prestigious and longest- standing public service awards, are given at both local and national levels. Local winners are “ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition.” It is the goal of the Jefferson Awards to inspire others to become involved in community and public service.

For 10 years, KPIX, the media partner of the Jefferson Awards, has been profiling “Bay Area Award winners’ stories of the quiet heroes who show how one person can make a difference in community.” All 2016 regional winners will be recognized at a medal ceremony next January. From this group, the local steering committee will select five “Silver Medal Winners,” whose names are then passed on to the national Jefferson Awards organization for consideration for a national award.

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New name – LifeMoves – but same mission for InnVision Shelter Network

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As of today, InnVision Shelter Network has a new name — LifeMoves. But the mission of the nonprofit organization stays the same, according to CEO Bruce Ives. The name change, Bruce says, is the culmination of a yearlong planning and development process funded by a private grant that began before his arrival last Spring. When the two […]

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Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels program at Little House in Menlo Park

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Every week, Peninsula Volunteers delivers over 1,300 hot, nutritious meals to primarily homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County who are unable to cook for themselves. We got an email from Meals on Wheels volunteer Peggy Lechich telling us that they are very short of volunteers at the moment. “Graciella and Bonnie […]

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Critical need for O-Negative, AB-Negative and B-Negative blood donations at Stanford Blood Center

Due to a sudden shortage of blood types O-Negative, AB-Negative and B-Negative, local residents are being asked to donate at Stanford Blood Center as soon as possible to ensure local patient needs are met. The Menlo Park location of the Center is at 445 Burgess Drive, Suite 100. It is open six days a week, including […]

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Learn about becoming a Project Read-Menlo Park tutor

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Project Read-Menlo Park is a literacy program dedicated to improving the reading and writing skills of adult learners. Volunteers are trained by Project Read and work one-to-one with adults. A tutor informational meeting and orientation will be held on Saturday, January 30, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more information or to register, please call […]

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It’s all about girl power when iSing takes the stage at M-A Performing Arts Center

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Showcasing the voices of 250 girl singers, iSing Silicon Valley is putting on a benefit concert at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on January 23. The program will feature an evening of jazz with singer and bassist, Kate Davis. “Jazz was born here in America and has given rise to incredible female talent: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, […]

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Rotary Club accepting grant applications for 2016

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation Gifts Committee has announced that it is accepting grant applications that focus on Youth and Education from local qualified 501(c)(3) organizations for the 2016 year. Last year, Menlo Park Rotary made $25,000 available in grants. Applications should be received no later than January 31, 2016 and will be […]

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Sonia Sosa’s lifelong passion for flowers leads to volunteering at Random Acts of Flowers

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Sonia Sosa recalls growing up in Mexico on her father’s farm and playing with flowers. “I’ve always loved them,” she said, while putting together a flower arrangement at Random Acts of Flowers in Menlo Park. “Volunteering here allows me the opportunity to fulfill my passion for flowers and to help others.” Sonia may be a […]

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Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck honored with regional Jefferson Award for Public Service

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Menlo Park resident Charles Schmuck has been honored with a regional Jefferson Award for Public Service and will be featured on KPIX-TV’s “The 6:10 News” and KCBS radio on December 30th. Charles is being recognized for his role in establishing the Peninsula College Fund, a 10-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to helping local, low-income, first-generation college students graduate […]

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Retired M-A counselor, Alice Kleeman, honored at Rotary Club’s holiday luncheon

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Alice Kleeman was honored at the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s Holiday Luncheon held at the Quadrus Conference Center. Alice retired this year after 20 years as the college counselor at Menlo-Atherton High School.  She was a major supporter and advisor to the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation on its scholarship programs. The Rotary Club […]

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St. Raymond School’s 4th graders bring smiles to kids at St. Anthony Padua Dining Room

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This morning Menlo Park resident Barrett Moore picked up 410 books from Mrs. Matteo’s 4th grade class at St. Raymond School. With her car overflowing with the wrapped boxes of books, she headed to St. Anthony Padua Dining Room on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park. There she distributed the books to happy children. Emails Barrett: […]

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