Los Altan of the Year event moved to April 19
Following the surge of the omicron variant, the Los Altos Town Crier’s dinner and in-person program honoring Los Altans’ 2021 Penny and Roy Lave of the Year has been rescheduled to April 19.
The Town Crier’s staff announced the honor in December. The Lava headlined the January 5 edition.
The event is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start at the Los Altos Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.
Tickets are $95 each, $190 per couple. Checks with attendees’ names and “LAOTY” in the memo line can be mailed to the town crier at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022. Capacity is 180 people.
Essay contest centers on Annie Knapp Fitz
The Los Altos Museum of History and the Los Altos Historical Commission have partnered for the 38th Annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest for Elementary School Students.
This year’s theme is “History Happens Now…Inspired by Annie Knapp Fitz”.
Children in grades 3 through 6 who attend a public or private school in Los Altos or who live within the boundaries of the Los Altos School District are eligible to participate.
For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/EssayContest.
Increase in Kiwanis Scholarships and Grants
As tuition costs rise and nonprofits in the area struggle, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club recently opened its grant and scholarship cycle, with increased funds available.
Robert Henely, president-elect of the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, worked daily at the Kiwanis Tree Lot to help secure funding for this year’s grant and scholarship program.
“Los Altos is such an amazing, giving community,” he said. “We are grateful to everyone who came to buy a tree.”
The Tree Lot, the club’s signature fundraising event, has been held annually in Lucky’s parking lot in south Los Altos for more than a decade. In 2021, he raised over $70,000.
Nearly 20 nonprofits in the region could be on hold for a grant through the club’s grant program, which has been expanded to cover COVID-related costs and expenses. Last year the club gave away $17,000, but more is available this year. Over the past 20 years, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club has donated over $1 million to local charities.
Scholarships are available to students in the Mountain View Los Altos School District who plan to attend De Anza or Foothill Community College and who demonstrate academic promise and a commitment to service, as well as financial need. The scholarships cover a full year of tuition, books, and other expenses.
“We’ve increased the amount to make sure students have enough, especially with rising tuition fees,” Henely said.
The club plans to fund up to 10 students this year.
Grant applications are due by February 15 and scholarship applications by April 25.
For applications and more information, visit losaltoskiwanis.org.
CSA appoints Berkowitz development director
The Mountain View-based community services agency recently named Simone Berkowitz its new director of development.
Berkowitz has been with the nonprofit agency for five years, initially leading the Challenge Diabetes program and then acting as an analyst. Throughout her career, she has worked as a data analyst at organizations ranging from the Brookings Institution to Google Inc.
As chief analyst at CSA, Berkowitz worked to improve systems that help the agency operate more efficiently and capture more accurate data.
Berkowitz said she was excited to bring her skills and experience to her new fundraising role.
“I’ve spent the past few years improving CSA’s ability to collect data about the work we do, and I’m thrilled to be able to share both the numbers and the important stories behind them with the community that supports us so generously,” she said. noted.
Tom Myers, executive director of the ASC, noted that Berkowitz has been “passionate about her work and committed to the ASC since day one.”
“During the pandemic, she went above and beyond, helping wherever there was a need,” Myers said. “Now more than ever, our fundraising efforts are critical to the long-term health of CSA, and I’m confident we’re in good hands with Simone in the lead.”
Berkowitz earned a degree in economics from MIT and a master’s degree in public policy from UC Berkeley.
She is the mother of two boys aged 7 and 10.
For more information about the Community Services Agency, visit CSAcares.org.