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News - March 4, 2016

Tall Tree Award winners announced

Honorees have improved life for children, people with disabilities and the environment

by Sue Dremann

Four individuals and organizations who have contributed to improving children's quality of life have been named as recipients of the 2016 Tall Tree Awards, one of Palo Alto's most prestigious honors, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and Palo Alto Weekly have announced.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.


Posted by mutti
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

Congratulations to all the winners. I've known Dick Peery for 40+ years, and he is a loving, giving man. He is also quite generous to charities in East Palo Alto, most recently with large donations to Ravenswood Schools through the Ravenswood Education Foundation. Thanks to the Peery Family!!

Posted by Jim Phillips
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Mar 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

Wow! I am proud to be a Palo Alto Kiwanian and so happy that our club members and leadership are receiving this recognition. Thank you to the nominators and the Chamber of Commerce and the Palo Alto Weekly.

Posted by Gay Palo Altan
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

Peery was also one of the [portion removed] funders of Prop 8 to deny gay people the right to marry. I don't agree with giving him a Tall Tree award when he spent his money on denying civil rights to a significant number of Palo Altans. The fact that this isn't mentioned in the story is really disappointing. This story is more of an advertisement for Peery than a news story.

Posted by Concerned Retiree
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

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Posted by Congratulations!
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 4, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Congrats to all of the award winners!!

Concerned retiree - the contributions of Mr. Peery extend far beyond a single project. In fact, he is funding the construction of a gym at a high school in East Palo Alto among dozens of other projects. The Peery Foundation's annual report can be found at Web Link

Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Thank you Peery family for your generosity.

Posted by Stephanie M.
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 4, 2016 at 6:11 pm

So very happy for all the recipients. They have made huge positive impacts in our community.

Posted by Linda Lenoir
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Congratulations Palo Alto Bicycles!! This past Christmas PAB fixed 12 bicycles so they could be given to students whose names were given by our counselors who knew students who needed the bicycles to get to school, work and around town so they could attend other activities. The bicycles were donated by the PAPD, PAMF paid for helmets and Palo Alto Bicycles fixed the bicycles so they would be safe for our students to ride, replacing seats, tires, brakes! The students and parents were thrilled! Thank you Palo Alto Bicycles, so well deserved! Linda Lenoir, District Nurse PAUSD

Posted by aa
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2016 at 3:20 am

There are few people in my life who have made a bigger personal impact than Dick Peery. Sure, he's rich, but the size of his wealth pales in comparison to the size of his heart. He lives to make life better for people by simply loving and encouraging them, and once he decides to do that for someone, he never stops. I am a different - and far better - person today because Dick Peery is alive. I thank God for him. What a great choice.

Posted by JoshN
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm

DPeery is the man. Totally deserves this honors and recognition. Generous with his time and money. Pillar of the PA community.

Posted by Janet
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Dick Peery is definitely a man to look up to. He offers wise counsel and does not judge. He desires to help all people get back on their feet and inspires them to be their best selves. He truly rejoices in other's success. I don't think it's possible to count all the lives he has blessed for good. What a wonderful choice to honor this great man.

Posted by Dennis and Patricia
a resident of Los Altos
on Mar 6, 2016 at 4:16 pm

Dick Peery is an individual with a heart of gold. He has done wonderful things for many individuals and the communities around him. Most deserving of this award!

Posted by Ken Jenson
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 6, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Over thirty years ago, Dick Peery was generous enough to help me as a young man pay for my college education and start my career. Years later, when I lived overseas in New Zealand, I met many young people who greatly desired to come to America to study. After speaking with Dick, he offered to help me set up a scholarship fund which helped realize the dreams of many young 'Kiwis'. His generosity and kindness has inspired me throughout my life. I found out at one point that he had helped my sister-in-law in her graduate studies...to touch our family multiple times like that must mean that he has helped countless others.

Dick Peery is well deserving of this award. I wish we could elect him our next President :)

Posted by Heidi Frazier Robinson
a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Dick Peery made a great difference in my life. His kindness, generosity and love has helped me and my family so many times over the years. I don't have words to express how much his love and support has meant to me, how many times he has listened to my concerns and problems and offered support, heard about my successes and rejoiced with me. I've met so many people who's lives he has touched in so many different ways and I am so happy to see him being honored.

Posted by African Queen
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Thank you Dick Peery for all the things you have done to improve our community and beyond!

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

It is splendid to read that Dick Peery is getting this recognition. All the positive things written above are true and even more can be said about his selfless, generous, positive contributions to this community, all who are lucky enough to know him, and all whose lives have been made better by him anonymously. The Chamber could not have chosen better!

Posted by Raphael Rocha Coelho
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

I spent almost a year shaking hands and talking with this gentleman almost every week and thinking that he was just another poor and old man surviving on his 401k plan. While some would argue that I might be new in the area, which is true, this simple example just proves how humble Peery is.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 2, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Dick Peery's business success is secondary to his humanity and kindness towards others. He spends countless hours counseling, guiding, and encouraging people to be the best person they can be. Dick is a genuine person and a loyal friend. He loves his family and his church. Palo Alto is a better town thanks to he and his wife, Mimi. Congratulations!

Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on May 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm

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Posted by BL
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Great selection for This guy and others have done many great things for the Palo Alto community and area without seeking recognition for it. I'm sure we may never know what and just how much. Hats off to you Mr. Peery. Our family salutes you and you lovely wife and family and offer our thanks and appreciation. God bless you all.

Posted by Sigh
a resident of Community Center
on May 7, 2016 at 5:44 pm

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