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Bay Area Leaders Win Awards for Community Impact (TONIGHT, Oct. 2nd @ 6 PM)

Posted: Oct 02, 2012

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Monday, October 01, 2012 Sara Ying Rounsaville: 415/531-5588


Bay Area Leaders Win Awards for Community Impact

$20,000, $10,000, and $7,000
Awards to Bay Area Visionary Leaders
Rita Semel, Brenda Way, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Aim High
Ten SFUSD High School Students



(SAN FRANCISCO) – Monday, October 01, 2012 – Four Bay Area leaders will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Bay Area community at The San Francisco Foundation’s 2012 Community Leadership Awards. This year’s awardees – Rita Semel, Brenda Way, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and Aim High – are being honored for their impact in bringing together communities of different faiths, creating an artistic community hub, uniting people to confront racial and economic injustice, and inspiring and lifting up youth. The event will include a tribute to the life of Bay Area philanthropist F. Warren Hellman, performed by ODC and East Bay Center for Performing Arts.

Rita Semel and Brenda Way will receive $10,000 each, and Chinese for Affirmative Action and Aim high each will receive $20,000.

2012 Koshland Young Leader Awards will also be presented to ten college-bound San Francisco public high school students. Each student will receive $7,000, in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, their leadership, and their success in the face of economic and social hardships.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
6:00 – Doors open
6:15 – Entertainment
6:30 – Awards ceremony
7:30 – Reception

WHERE: Herbst Theatre
San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

RSVP: Journalists: Please call 415.531.5588
Online at tsffcla.eventbrite.com

For photo opportunities before, during, and after the event, call 415.733.8588.


Awardees:

Rita Semel, interfaith pioneer and Jewish activist, for her life-long successes in creating healthy, just, and inclusive communities in the Bay Area and worldwide, and for building bridges of understanding to help alleviate poverty and end discrimination.

Brenda Way, founder and artistic director of ODC, for creating a community hub through dance, and for inspiring dancers and audiences, cultivating artists, and engaging the community.

Chinese for Affirmative Action, for being a champion against discrimination and for advancing systemic change for a racially just society.

Aim High, for closing the achievement gap through summer programs that inspire a love of learning and a strong sense of community.

Koshland Young Leader Awards
Luri Chen Zheng, Mission High School
Kyron Covington, City Arts and Technology High School
Deandra Crawford, Leadership High School
Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski, Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
Marlyn Martinez, San Francisco International High School
Edith Melendez, San Francisco International High School
Rodrigo Mendez, San Francisco International High School
Erica Nguyen, Mission High School
Nga Pham, Raoul Wallenberg High School
Stacy Thomas, City Arts and Technology High School

About The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards

We celebrate extraordinary individuals and organizations in the Bay Area who are rolling up their sleeves, taking initiative, and solving problems in their neighborhoods and communities. The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards recognize leaders who have made a significant impact in their particular Bay Area communities. Their works spans societal and civic issues, health or environmental concerns, and the arts and humanities.

The Community Leadership Awards showcase individual or organizational excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work, and inspiration of others. With each award, The San Francisco Foundation publicly affirms present achievements, seeks to encourage further work on the part of the recipients and hopes to motivate others to follow their lead in service to Bay Area communities.

About the Koshland Young Leader Awards
Created by the vision and generosity of Professor Koshland and his family, The Koshland Young Leader Awards recognize the next generation of leadership in our community. High school seniors from San Francisco public schools are selected for their academic and leadership success while managing challenges of family and economic responsibilities. The students are nominated by their teachers and counselors during their junior year for this $7,000 award.

About The San Francisco Foundation
The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $800 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, both past and present, TSFF granted $82 million in fiscal year 2011. TSFF brings together donors and builds on community assets through grantmaking, leveraging, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development to make a greater impact in our community. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and policy, advocacy and organizing, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. In response to the economic downturn, TSFF is also focusing funding on safety net partners, job creation and training, and mortgage foreclosure relief and neighborhood preservation. The San Francisco Foundation serves San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo Counties. www.sff.org

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