Don Seiler, who uses his experience and expertise as a CPA to help nonprofits, sits besides a planter at the University Circle complex where he often meets with them. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
Jill and John Freidenrich devote a lot of energy to supporting their alma mater, Stanford University, as well as Jill's creation, Breast Cancer Connections. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
Norma Hesterman has spent a lot of time at Trinity Lutheran Church, working with adolescents and leading youth art programs -- while raising more than 20 foster children. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
Ray Bacchetti's volunteer career parallels his professional one, with service on boards ranging from the arts to government effectiveness. Today he frequently volunteers at the Palo Alto Police Department. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
Sharon Hofstedt is the ultimate community builder, who has volunteered on boards serving young and old, from Palo Alto Community Child Care to Avenidas. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
Tom Jordan pauses at the Palo Alto Baylands, a place near to his heart as a board member and general counsel for Save the San Francisco Bay Association. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
Seven outstanding community members were honored for their 'Lifetimes of Achievements,' including (from left) Ray Bacchetti, Norma Hesterman, Tom Jordan, John Freidenrich, Jill Freidenrich, Sharon Hofstedt and Don Seiler. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.
From raising 21 foster children to chairing the Stanford University Board of Trustees, this year's seven honorees in the Avenidas "Lifetimes of Achievement" award have done it all.
The seven are Ray Bacchetti of Palo Alto, Jill and John Freidenrich of Atherton, Norma Hesterman of Los Altos Hills, Sharon Hofstedt of Menlo Park, Tom Jordan of Palo Alto and Donald Seiler of Atherton.
The public is invited to meet these high achievers at a garden party Sunday, May 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. The party, co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Weekly, is a major fundraiser for Avenidas, which offers services to local seniors and their families. The award recognizes outstanding contributions made by people over 65.
Tickets can be purchased for $75 by contacting Avenidas at 650-289-5445 or online at www.avenidas.org.
■ Don Seiler: Competition and compassion
on May 28, 2009 at 3:57 pm
on May 28, 2009 at 3:57 pm
As a neighbor of Sharon's, I can add that the presence of the Hofstedt family has made our neighborhood feel very much like a close and caring community. What a blessing she is and what a lovely and loving family she has.