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Recognizing Local Heroes

Whether they're grocery shopping for a neighbor or volunteering for a nonprofit, these amazing locals have gone above and beyond to make a difference in our community.


Bruce Gee
Bruce does so much for so many! He has been growing beautiful, organic tomato and vegetable plants, and donating them to Ada's Cafe to sell. Our customers look forward to coming to Ada's Garden to shop. This year, Bruce's generosity has helped Ada's be relevant and generate some revenue.
— Submitted by: Kathleen Foley-Hughes

Veronica Calderon
Veronica is a front-line worker at The Market at Edgewood. She is so caring, gracious and professional. Veronica has made social distancing a friendly experience and always has kind words for customers. The Market is such a great addition to Palo Alto providing great quality food and community.
— Submitted by: Kathleen Foley-Hughes

Liz Prado
When the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) had to cease youth programming due to COVID-19, BGCP Chef Liz Prado had an idea: Use our clubhouse kitchens to feed local families. Within days, Liz trained staff members, recruited cooks, and launched the BGCP meal program, which now distributes 2,500 dinners each night. With her competence, experience and positivity, Liz provides hope for people in her hometown of East Palo Alto and beyond.
— Submitted by: Victoria Thorp

Valerie Campos
Amid COVID-19 restrictions, Valerie Campos, director of adult services at the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, pivoted to mobility classes via telephone and talks on Zoom. As a Vista client/board member, I’m inspired by a can-do spirit that touches the most vulnerable among us.
— Submitted by: Joan Desmond

Cammie Vail
Cammie Vail (shown above at the podium) is the current Executive Director at the Palo Alto Community Fund. She has gone above and beyond during this time of crisis. In addition to her normal fundraising work, she has guided PACF to raise and distribute an additional $500,000 for direct financial relief to our local underserved population and to further support non-profits in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto since the start of the shelter-in-place orders.
— Submitted by: Leonard Ely

William Warrior
I had the pleasure of working with local hero, William Warrior, at the former Palo Alto Animal Services. I have always been fascinated by his passion for work, animals, history, and Taiko. When we walked in the Palo Alto May Fête parade together, he was like a rock star — people cheered and shouted his name. After more than 40 years of public service at ACO, he is retiring. He’s a legend in this community as an active volunteer and author.
— Submitted by: Sachi Hwangbo

Bruce Gee
Bruce cannot say no. He is very involved in the Palo Alto community. He is on the board of the Palo Alto Community Fund and the Palo Alto Rotary Club. When asked he always says yes -- “I CAN DO IT.” He gets it done in record time always with a big smile.
— Submitted by: Roger Smith

Blas Lozano
Blas, our wonderful mailman, has been delivering our mail since the ‘80s. He calls us by name, sometimes sings to us, and always has a cheerful hello. He watches out for us, making sure we are safe. And, he plays the sax with his band at our summer block paries (Blas is shown above on the right)
— Submitted by: Kipling 3300 ESVs and Cool Block Team

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