Avenidas announces Lifetimes of Achievements honorees
Six local seniors honored for work in the community
Palo Alto nonprofit organization Avenidas Inc. recognized six seniors for their community contributions by naming them Lifetimes of Achievement honorees during a private reception on Thursday, Feb. 9.
Jean Coblentz of Sunnyvale, Bill Floyd of Portola Valley, Phyllis Moldaw of Atherton, Kenneth Sletten of Woodside, and Boyd Smith and Jill Johnson Smith of Palo Alto received recognition at the reception at Garden Court Hotel.
Each year, Avenidas, a senior-services organization, recognizes members of the community who are older than 65 as Lifetimes of Achievement honorees for their work as philanthropists, community leaders and fundraisers.
"It is a thrill for Avenidas to shine the spotlight on this group and give them the recognition they deserve," Avenidas CEO Lisa Hendrickson stated in an announcement.
Honoree Jean Coblentz's community involvement goes back to 1953, when she co-founded the board for Stanford University's Cap and Gown Women Leaders Honors Society. Coblentz has been a volunteer and officer of the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary in Menlo Park and raised money for what became Packard Children's Hospital.
She is chair of the Auxiliary's Development Committee and a development officer at Stanford for 27 years, where she served two terms with Associates of Stanford Libraries. She is also an honorary member of the PTA.
Bill Floyd's community efforts range in scale from local to statewide. He has chaired and served on many nonprofits' boards, including Lytton Gardens, Community Housing Inc., YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, Children's Health Council and Avenidas.
He has been a member of Yosemite Conservancy Board since 1993, a UC Berkeley Foundation trustee since 1994, and chair of the Berkeley Engineering Fund Board since 1996.
Phyllis Moldaw financially supports and participates in charitable and community organizations, particularly those focusing on the underprivileged and underserved. She was a lead donor for the Moldaw-Zaffaroni clubhouse of the Menlo Park Boys and Girls Club, a lead donor and board member of Moldaw Family Residences at Palo Alto's Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life, and a significant supporter of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
She also participated in Communities in Schools, a national network that serves the lowest performing schools and the students most vulnerable to dropping out. She is a former president and current trustee of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Ken Sletten was a partner, founder and CEO of the general contracting firm Rudolph & Sletten, known for its construction of such projects as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Skywalker Ranch.
He serves on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Stanford Athletics, the Stanford University DAPER Investment Fund and the Palo Alto Club. He received a Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War.
Boyd Smith and Jill Johnson Smith founded the Golden Gate Family Foundation and co-founded the California Family Foundation. At Stanford, they co-endowed the Housing Assistance Program for families (Escondido Family Fund), the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professorship Chair and Martin Luther King Jr. student scholarships. They both served on the advisory board of Stanford's Center for the Study of Families, Children and Youth.
Boyd Smith has chaired the boards of the YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula, Avenidas, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Children's Health Council. He was on the Board of Governors of Stanford Associates, currently serves on Stanford's Hoover Institution Board of Overseers, and is a member of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Foundation board. Jill Johnson Smith has been on the board of RoadRunners Sports Club for youth at Onetta Harris Community Center in east Menlo Park.
Avenidas will also host a garden party on Sunday, May 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. along with its community partners, the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online. Proceeds from the garden party help fund the programs offered at Avenidas. Tickets can be purchased for $75 by contacting Avenidas at 650-289-5445 or www.avenidas.org.
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