Hidden Villa honors local leaders

Humanitarian Awards Dinner recognizes Palo Alto's mayor, others

Mayor Sid Espinosa, Susan Ford Dorsey and Norman Y. Mineta were honored Saturday at the 15th annual Josephine and Frank Duveneck Humanitarian Awards Dinner, hosted by Los Altos Hills educational and environmental nonprofit Hidden Villa.

Three honorees were chosen based on their contributions to environmental, social and educational activism, according to a press release. Dorsey is president of Sand Hill Foundation, chair of Menlo School and a leader in philanthropy. Espinosa, in addition to serving as mayor of Palo Alto, is director of corporate citizenship at Microsoft, overseeing the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in nonprofit organizations and schools around the world. Mineta is the former Secretary of Commerce under President Bill Clinton and Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush. He began his career in San Jose.

Founded by Frank and Josephine Duveneck, Hidden Villa has 1,600 acres of organic farmland and trails in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward funding Hidden Villa scholarships for a variety of community programs, including summer camps, agricultural internships and a hostel.

More information is available online.

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Posted by All relative
a resident of another community
on Sep 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

BTW, Mr. Mineta was not spoken well of by the 9/11 Commission.

Congratulations to the others.

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