Menlo Park Chamber names Golden Acorn Award winners | News – California News

Menlo Park Chamber names Golden Acorn Award winners | News – California News

A teenager who works to get underserved kids engaged in sports programs. A veteran firefighter who has been involved in major disaster relief efforts. A city staff member who has been instrumental in developing land-use plans that will shape the future of the city.

They are among six winners of the 2017 Golden Acorn Awards, recently announced by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, which gives the awards to people and organizations for community service and professional excellence.

The awards will be presented at a gala reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. Celebrated Stanford’s women’s basketball coach and Menlo Park resident Tara VanDerveer will give the keynote address.

This year’s winners, according to chamber president Fran Dehn, are:

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park, which gives hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarhships to local high school students, conducts the annual Tour de Menlo bike ride that raises money for scholarships and local nonprofits, and makes grants to organizations that support youth education and health.

Rebuilding Together Peninsula, which mobilizes thousands of volunteers to help low-income homeowners with home repairs, renovations and energy-efficient upgrades.

Juanita Croft, a founding member and leader of the Belle Haven Community Development Fund, which oversees a mini-grant program, funded by the city, that supports neighborhood beautification and community building projects.

Shay Patel, a teenager who founded Alley-Oop Kids, which works with schools and nonprofit organizations to provide underserved kids opportunities to play and…

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