Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - May 3, 2013

Saluting exemplary citizens

Avenidas honors six outstanding seniors

Every year, Palo Alto nonprofit Avenidas selects six senior citizens 65 and older from a list of more than 40 nominees who have made exemplary commitments and contributions to the community, professionally and through volunteer service.

The 2013 honorees are Dr. Tom Fiene, community physician, diagnostician and teacher; Ben and Ruth Hammett, both environmental benefactors and active community volunteers; education advocate Al Russell; Judith Steiner, former executive director of Hidden Villa and the founder of Innovative Housing on the Peninsula; and Peninsula-famous landscape architect Katsy Swan, who designed the gardens at the Stanford University Medical Center.

The honorees will be celebrated at a public reception Sunday, May 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. in a private garden in Palo Alto. The event is sponsored by Avenidas, Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online.

Tickets can be purchased for $75 by contacting Avenidas at 650-289-5445 or online at www.avenidas.org. Proceeds from the reception help fund programs offered at Avenidas, which serves seniors and their families.

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