This year's Tall Tree Award honorees, including two individuals and two organizations who have contributed to improving the life of children, people with disabilities and the environment, were honored at a dinner reception at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto on Wednesday, May 4.
The honorees were Olenka Villareal, Richard Peery, Palo Alto Bicycles and Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto.
Marketing professional Villareal's dream to build a breakthrough playground designed for children of all ages and all abilities came to fruition when the Magical Bridge Playground opened to accolades last April in Mitchell Park. She received the Outstanding Citizen Volunteer award for her efforts.
Palo Alto native and real estate investor Peery received the Outstanding Professional/Business Person Tall Tree for his many philanthropic efforts in support of local nonprofit organizations and individuals in need of a helping hand. The new Palo Alto High School athletic complex now under construction was the result of a major gift from the Peery family.
Palo Alto Bicycles, an 86-year-old downtown Palo Alto business, received the Outstanding Business award for its support of safe and healthy bike riding and a long history of donations of services and financial support to nonprofit groups and local youth. General Manager Jeff Selzer accepted the award.
Nonprofit Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto's commitment to fostering the next generation of service-oriented citizens through community projects and working with youth to develop leadership skills earned the group the Outstanding Nonprofit award, which was accepted by past president Pat Emslie.
To read more about the four Tall Tree awardees, click here.
The Palo Alto Chamber and the Palo Alto Weekly sponsor the awards.
Click below to watch videos of each honoree accepting his/her award.