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Lifetimes of achievement

1. A thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage or skill: to reach this stage is a great achievement

They are an environmental activist, an affordable-housing advocate, public- and private-sector leaders, philanthropists and educators. And their personal journeys and contributions have had a significant impact on those around them, according to Avenidas, a Palo Alto nonprofit serving seniors and their families.

Walter Hays, Janet Owens, David and Lynn Mitchell and James and Becky Morgan are the recipients of the agency's 19th annual Lifetimes of Achievement Awards.

They will be publicly honored Sunday, May 18, at a Palo Alto garden party.

"These outstanding seniors ... are living proof of the dramatic difference people can make in the lives of others and in the health of our communities," said Avenidas CEO Lisa Hendrickson.

Hays, a Stanford Law School graduate, has volunteered for environmental groups such as the Committee for Green Foothills, the Sierra Club, Acterra and the Waddell Creek Association.

Owens, a founding member of the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, is also a board member of the Palo Alto Housing Corporation and the executive director of Non-Profit Housing of Northern California.

David and Lynn Mitchell, both Harvard graduates, have been a continuous resource to local education and nonprofit groups, including the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Camp Fire USA, CAR (now Abilities United), the Bring Me a Book Foundation, the United Way, Friends Outside and the Second Harvest Food Bank.

James and Becky Morgan are political and business leaders whose lives have been devoted to service in the public and private sectors. James was named one of the top five "Best CEOs" by BusinessWeek Magazine and has served on the boards of the Nature Conservancy and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley. Becky began her public service as a Santa Clara County Supervisor before serving as a State Senator for nine years.

Tickets to Sunday's garden party celebration for this year's honorees are still available. Visit http://www.avenidas.org , or call 650-289-5445 for more information.

Profiles:

• Walt Hays

• Lynn and David Mitchell

• James and Becky Morgan

• Janet Owens

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Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 13, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Congratulations all! Thanks for contributing to the beauty and well-being of Palo Alto and its residents.


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Posted by Kari Martell
a resident of Downtown North
on May 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm

If you'd like to congratulate the 2008 Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement recipients in person, tickets are still available at www.avenidas.org, or by calling (650) 289-5445. The outdoor garden event is this Sunday, May 18, from 3 to 5pm. Come enjoy good food and wine and the chance to celebrate these outstanding contributors. All proceeds benefit the programs of Avenidas, the non-profit agency that helps older adults and their families.


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