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Three hundred Silicon Valley women celebrated the next generation of leaders at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton on November 14.

The event, which was themed “Dreams of a Generation,” featured BGCP alumna who spoke about overcoming hardship to achieve their dreams, and the BGCP women mentors who helped them get there. Women leaders from tech, law, healthcare, public service, and education came together at the breakfast to learn about issues affecting local low-income girls.

Speakers included Lindsay Black, a Howard University graduate and current teacher from East Palo Alto, and Nancy Orocio, a DREAMer who graduated from Santa Clara University and works for an immigration services agency.

Stanford neurosurgeon and keynote speaker Dr. Odette Harris (pictured top) shared her own story of immigrating from Jamaica and the women mentors who helped her overcome the opportunity gap and achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford pediatrician Dr. Dana Weintraub (pictured above) shared ways that guests could get involved to support girls, including opportunities at BGCP to mentor, coach, and volunteer with students.

The Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula (BGCP) serves 2,500 low-income K-12th grade students at 12 locations in East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park, and the North Fair Oaks neighborhood. BGCP’s mission is to provide the low-income students in our community with the opportunities they need to achieve school success.

Photos courtesy of Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula

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Peninsula Volunteer CEO/Executive Director Peter Olson leads the organization past its 70-year mark

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Seventy years ago, a group of forward-thinking local women started an organization, Peninsula Volunteers, that not only endures but thrives today. “This organization has always been at the forefront of something,” says Peter Olson, CEO/Executive Director for the past year. “Little House, established in 1949, was the first suburban senior center in the United States; […]

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Dr. Albert Camarillo speaks about benefits of college for first generation students at Peninsula College Fund Engagement Luncheon

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Stanford Professor Emeritus Dr. Albert Camarillo (pictured) spoke to an audience of 230 at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park on October 26, stressing the impact of a college education to uplift not only current first-generation students but also the next generation and their entire communities. The event was the second annual […]

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Peninsula Volunteers hold open house at Rosener House on Nov. 4

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Peninsula Volunteers/Rosener House Adult Day Center (500 Arbor Road) in Menlo Park will host an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. At 10:30 am, there will be a presentation by Nicole Fernandez of San Mateo County Elder and Dependent Adult Protection, “Scams, Identity Theft, and Elder Abuse Prevention and […]

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Melody for Charities to put on benefit concert for Warrior Canine Connection on Oct. 21

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Menlo Atherton High School students, Café Zoë and Purpose Clothing Store will host a concert to raise money for an organization that partners veterans with service dogs. Warrior Canine Connection’s mission is to help veterans recover from the traumas of war and reconnect with their families and communities by partnering them with a service dog. […]

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Stanford professor and NBC anchor to speak at Peninsula College Fund Community Engagement Luncheon

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Stanford Professor Emeritus Albert Camarillo will headline the Peninsula College Fund’s second annual Community Engagement Luncheon on Thursday, October 26 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park. Dr. Camarillo will address “Changing Lives, Changing Communities through Higher Education.” NBC Bay Area’s news anchor Raj Mathai […]

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Nationally-known floral designer Ron Morgan headlines Holidays on a High Note

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Another sell-out is expected for the upcoming 20th anniversary of Holidays on a High Note, a charity event hosted by the Foothill Auxiliary to the Peninsula Family Service. Anticipating at least 200 guests at the Menlo Circus Club, the Foothill Auxiliary will once again welcome floral design celebrity, Ron Morgan, to “lecture” on floral design […]

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LifeMoves breakfast sold out but additional donations will be matched

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The LifeMoves benefit breakfast on Thursday, Move It Forward, is sold out, but CEO Bruce Ives emails that you can still participate by leveraging the Matching Fund that has been established by the Sobrato Family Foundation. Writes Bruce about the work of the Menlo Park-based organization: “As you know, our mission is to return homeless […]

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Peninsula Volunteers celebrate 70th anniversary – and it all started with Little House

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In 1947,  a group of forward-thinking women incorporated Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., and with that action started an organization that continues to serve the needs of seniors on the San Francisco Peninsula to this day. To honor this milestone, the organization is taking a look back through the seven decades of its history, and looking forward […]

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Lily Liu Guzheng benefit concert for Neighbors Abroad set for October 7

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A special event featuring a mixture of Western and Eastern culture through musical performances on the Guzheng (an ancient Chinese instrument with over 2,500 years of history), piano, violin, and flute, as well as demonstrations of Tai Chi and dance, will take place on the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center on October 7 at 7:00 pm. […]

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Filoli makes changes in visitor access, staffing and volunteer training as it looks to the future

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This year, under new leadership, Filoli has expanded hours of operation and the community response was very positive. “We have experienced nearly a 30% increase in attendance just by opening our doors more widely,” said Kara Newport, Chief Executive Officer at Filoli, who was brought on board just a year ago. Filoli is now exploring […]

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