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Holiday Fund recipients awarded $390K in grants

Original post made on Apr 30, 2013

A record total of $390,000 in grants, collected from 496 donors, was awarded by the Palo Alto Weekly this year as part of the 19th annual Holiday Fund, announced at a reception on Monday night, April 29.

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Posted by Debbie Ford-Scriba
a resident of another community
on Apr 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

Great honorees, fabulous speakers, tremendous fundraising results this year. Sorry I missed the reception. Can't wait for 20th annual!

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Posted by Olenka Villarreal
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

What a magical community we are part of!

Thanks to all who reviewed the many applications and thanks to those who do such important work to make all of us better citizens. The Magical Bridge Playground team was truly honored to have been selected as one of last night's top award honorees. Having Kathleen Hughes and Ada's Cafe team right there with us was the most magical celebration of all!

----> We are YOUR community park! Come find us at the May Parade this Saturday and walk with us...the whole way, or just a few steps! Hope to see you there! <------

Congratulations to everyone and a big thank you to Bill Johnson, the Weekly staff and all those who generously gave to the Holiday Fund.

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Posted by Mandy Lowell
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 30, 2013 at 6:01 pm

What great services supporting our community.

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Posted by Paly teacher
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

Congratulations to the Weekly on the Holiday Fund, it is a great service to the community.

Reading Mandy Lowell's post, I am reminded that she and her husband Charlie Munger spent $70 million in the last election opposing Prop. 30 and supporting Prop. 32. Had Mandy Lowell and Charlie Munger been successful, schoolchildren and working people statewide would have suffered. To put it in perspective, $70 million is about 180 years of Holiday Funds. Thankfully they were not successful, though it cost tens of millions of dollars from working people to oppose them.

Thanks especially to the Peery, Arrillaga, Hewlett, and Packard foundations and families for truly putting their wealth to work for the communities they inhabit.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Paly Teacher - I also found that post by her quite strange, given what she funded vs. what this fund actually accomplices. May the generosity from wealthy folks continue w/the Holiday Fund!

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Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

For the last 23 years, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has given away more than $4 million to local nonprofits serving children and families. When you make a donation, every dollar is automatically doubled, and 100% of the funds go directly to local programs. It’s a great way to ensure your charitable donations are working at home.