VOICES Serving people of OF HOPE all cultures and beliefs AUGUST 2009 N E W S L E T T E R , C AT H O L I C C H A R I T I E S O F S A N TA C L A R A CO U N T Y VOLUME 14, ISSUE 27 W H AT ' S I NSI D E A Message from Improving Job-Seeking Skills Helps Cut Poverty 2 CEO Gregory Kepferle Catholic Charities Partners With College to Offer Classes Caritas Members 2 Touch Lives C Catholic Charities Serves atholic Charities of Santa Clara 3 South County County is partnering with Dedicated Volunteers Keep 3 Ombudsman Going Foothill-DeAnza Community Dan Wu Heads 3 Charities Housing College District to offer a work-readiness Cutting Poverty by certificate program that trains people to 4 Reducing Barriers be proficient job seekers and employees. Client Stories 5 continued The program provides a path out of Donors Open Their Hearts poverty by giving people the tools they 6 for May Appeal need to become gainfully employed. Roll Against Poverty at 6 Bocce Tournament “It’s absolutely critical to help people Smiles abound as students prepare to enter the workforce in Silicon Valley with help from FHDA instructors. Caritas Dinner Continues get the skills they need to find and retain 7 to Honor Donors employment,” says Ellen Dumesnil, employment. This class gives them the tools to stand Golf Tournament Changes 7 Lives for 25 Years Director of Economic Development at Catholic out in an interview. Charities. “Many people don’t realize they can create “Our goal is to level the playing field so everyone CALENDAR a career path for themselves. It’s more than just has equal opportunity to succeed in the workforce,” August 27 helping people earn a paycheck; we are giving them a says Daniel Dishno, Supervisor at the Foothill- Bocce Tournament sense of promise, hope.” DeAnza Occupational Training Institute. Los Gatos The six-week, 67-hour certificate program is taught Leveling the playing field helps to break the cycle September 24–27 by DeAnza and Foothill college instructors and held at of poverty. In April, Catholic Charities and Step Up Catholic Charities USA Catholic Charities’ Employment Training Center on Silicon Valley launched the Campaign to Cut Poverty Annual Gathering Portland, OR Zanker Road. The program was launched in March and in Santa Clara County. The coalition is determined since then 12 of the 29 graduates have secured jobs. to cut the local poverty rate in half by 2020. Part of October 1 Caritas Society Annual Dinner The certificate program includes four classes: the effort is focused on helping individuals become Cathedral Basilica St. Joseph Blueprint for Workplace Success, Blueprint for financially self-sufficient through gainful employment. The Fairmont San Jose Customer Service, 30 Ways to Shine as a New “Graduates of this class are well-prepared to enter Employee and the Job Club. Participants learn how the job market,” Ellen says. “They are willing to start SAVE THE DATE to write their resumes, interviewing skills, appropriate at the bottom and they have Catholic Charities staff Inaugural Bocce work behavior, and ways to resolve conflicts on the job. supporting them all the way. We would really love to Tournament Guest speakers, including human resources get more employers to partner with us and make sure managers and other prospective employers, provide nobody falls through the cracks.” August 27, 2009 Campo di Bocce the class with insights about what employers are looking for and other tips for landing a job. Volunteer GET INVOLVED Join us for our first annual bocce Give one of our work-readiness graduates a chance by hiring tournament at Campo di Bocce mentors work with participants, helping them find them to work at your company. More volunteers who are willing in Los Gatos and help us provide job opportunities, conducting mock interviews and to mentor job seekers are also needed. To get involved, contact essential services for those in Ellen Dumesnil at (408) 325-5274 or email@example.com. need in our community. tailoring their resumes for specific openings. The free work-readiness program is available For more information contact For real stories about people who are cutting Magi Young at (408) 325-5225 to clients from Catholic Charities and Sacred poverty and creating hope, turn to page 4. or firstname.lastname@example.org Heart Community Service who need help securing M e s s a g e F r o m t h e C E O CATHOLIC CHARITIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dear Friends, funding remains strong. Foundations and As many of you well know, running a corporations have jumped in to help, in part CHAIRMAN Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath business in this crazy economic climate is a bit because they see the need and know that PRESIDENT of a challenge, to put it mildly. Now imagine Catholic Charities is a trusted partner that Paul F. Gentzkow that the business you run is focused on one goal serves people of all cultures and beliefs with VICE PRESIDENT – cutting poverty. Suddenly the path forward demonstrated cost effective results. Thomas J. Crotty appears a lot steeper, especially with more people Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County SECRETARY seeking help with jobs and housing. has received Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star Deborah Robinson Yet I have hope. I have hope because of rating for sound fiscal management and for Mary Sue Albanese our amazing clients who cling to hope for our ability to efficiently manage and grow our Maribel R. Andonian Frank G. Bisceglia their very survival. As you read the stories finances. Charity Navigator’s designation of Kirsten Carr in this issue, I trust you our agency as “exceptional” Norman Carroll will experience that hope stamps Catholic Charities Jim Cashman Kevin DeNuccio because of the lives changed of Santa Clara County Andrew Haaser for good each day. I have as “being worthy of the Rasha Hasaneen hope because of the job public’s trust.” Alex Hull Joseph P. Melehan seekers who found jobs even We take our mission of Timothy O’Donnell in this tough economy, the creating “a more just and Darlene Tenes young woman who built compassionate community” Raymond J. Triplett Patrick Waite her own computer, and the to heart and we start by Michael Yutrzenka parents who now read to Greg Kepferle being trusted stewards EX OFFICIO their children every night. with the funds entrusted Gregory R. Kepferle I have hope because of the volunteers to us for doing good and changing lives for Rev. Brendan McGuire who dedicate their lives to the elderly and good. The evidence of success is found in Robert Serventi the vulnerable and our faithful donors who the amazing work of our dedicated staff and still give so generously even when their own incomes are suffering. Our May Appeal volunteers and in the results they achieve in helping our clients succeed and overcome the Did You Know? One in five grandparents in Santa Clara for our Neighbors in Need received more barriers that keep them in poverty. gifts than ever before, and we had more Oh yes, I have hope! County is raising their grandchildren golfers than ever at our 25th Annual Golf and Catholic Charities’ Kinship Resource Tournament. While we are feeling the pinch All the best! Center is ready to provide support and of cuts of local and state funds, federal Greg information to these families. Caritas Members Learn About Lives They Have Touched More than 150 Caritas Society members and their Instead of hanging out on the streets, Aaron got guests enjoyed the opportunity to learn more more involved in activities at the youth center and about Catholic Charities at a March reception at the joined the wrestling team at school. His grades Saratoga home of Barbara and Paul Gentzkow and improved and so did his attitude. Now he volunteers an April reception at Kathy and Casey McGlynn’s at Washington United and out in the community, Palo Alto home. The receptions gave members the and is actively involved at his church. chance to socialize with each other and chat with “I got a second chance,” he says. staff and volunteers. Kathy Kellett talked about the support Catholic They also heard from two people who saw their lives Charities provides to families caring for their improve dramatically after getting involved with L–R: Paul and Barbara Gentzkow, Bishop Patrick J. relative’s children. Twenty years ago when her Catholic Charities. Their inspiring stories showed McGrath grandson came to live with her, she started support how real lives are changed for good thanks to the groups for families like hers. generosity of Caritas Society members. Now she is a case manager at Catholic Charities’ Aaron Carrera told the group how his life turned Kinship Resource Center, which offers services to around after he was stabbed in front of his house families raising grandkids, nieces and nephews, two years ago. With the help of Catholic Charities’ and other relative children. She told Caritas Society Gang Intervention Program, and the caring adults members how their contributions are helping to who offered him guidance at Washington United strengthen these families and prevent children from Youth Center near his home, he escaped that life entering the foster care system. and is now headed to college. “There is an immense need for these services,” L–R: Casey and Kathy McGlynn, Greg Kepferle she says. 2 w e s CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVES MEALS N AND MORE TO SOUTH COUNTY up Ro While headquartered in San Jose, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County offers a number of u - services to South County residents in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, including nutritional meals for n d seniors, after-school programs for low-income youth, and immigration and legal services. Housed in the Gilroy Senior Center at 7371 Hanna Street, Catholic Charities’ Senior Agency Honors Late Therapist Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with a hot lunch Monday through Friday. The Steven Benovitz was a caring therapist in the Behavioral Health Division of Catholic Charities of program serves from 75 to 150 meals each day. Every Santa Clara County who died earlier this spring. In Thursday, seniors can pick up a bag of groceries at the center his honor, Catholic Charities has established the Steven Benovitz Intern Memorial Fund. At the end through the Brown Bag program. The groceries are provided of each year, two Behavioral Health interns will by Second Harvest Food Bank. earn the Steven Benovitz Intern Memorial Award. Catholic Charities staff established a memorial “We have activities and classes provided by the city of fund to continue supporting the award in honor Gilroy,” says Maria Delgado, Nutrition Site Manager. “There of Steve, who invested so much of his time and energy in helping interns. Donations to the fund are computer classes, line dancing, aerobics for seniors may be made online at www.catholiccharitiesscc. and more. Seniors can stay all day and socialize, play cards org. Please make sure to note your contributions are in memoriam of the Steven Benovitz Intern Service sites in the South County include: or bingo, and participate in the activities.” A nurse from 1) Gilroy Family Resource Center at 8833 Memorial Fund. Monterey Rd.; 2) Immigration Legal and Catholic Charities’ Day Break program comes to the center Citizenship Services at 7950 Church St. Teens Complete Computer Course (St. Mary’s Church); 3) Behavioral Health the second Friday of every month to provide blood pressure Fourteen high school students completed a Services at 1215 First St.; 4) Gilroy Senior and glucose screenings. computer skills course at the Summit League Tech Nutrition Site at 7371 Hanna St.; 5) Day Break Adult Day Care at 651 W. Sixth St.; Catholic Charities operates El Toro Youth Center in Lab at Washington United Youth Center. Students 6) El Toro Youth Center at 17620 Crest Ave. received certificates for learning the Microsoft Morgan Hill, which provides educational, recreational and applications and building their own computers. Each student who graduated from the program social services to young people and their families. With homework assistance, computer classes took home the hard drive they created plus a and other support, the goal is to ensure academic success for these youth. El Toro staff work monitor and keyboard. with kids and teens in the context of their whole family and encourage parent participation. Junior League Awards Foster Grandparent Immigration and legal services are provided by Catholic Charities at 7950 Church Street in The Junior League of San Jose presented its 40th Gilroy. South County residents can get help with visa applications, asylum petitions and more. Anniversary Award to Anna Rosetta Davis for her 18 years of service to Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Foster Grandparent Program. Foster Grandparents spend 20 hours a week nurturing DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF kids with special needs from the Children’s Shelter, juvenile hall, and area hospitals. KEEP OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM GOING Hundreds of older adults in nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Santa Clara County depend on Catholic Dan Wu Heads Charities and its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The program is state and federally mandated and funded, but last fall the governor cut state funding, forcing Catholic Charities of Charities Housing Santa Clara County to make severe cuts. Thanks to the dedication and Dan Wu has been commitment of volunteers and staff, the program continues to serve named Executive some of the most vulnerable among us. Director for “We lost six of our eight staff members,” says Wanda Hale, Charities Housing Ombudsman Program Director. “It was a sad day. But I can tell you Development every one of them continued on as volunteers. That’s how committed Corp. He has been they are.” with the agency The ombudsman acts as the eyes, ears and voice for seniors in long-term care facilities. for more than 14 The Ombudsman Program has always depended largely on years and last served as Director of Real Estate volunteers, who become advocates after 36 hours of training and a 10-hour hands-on internship. Advocates need to for Charities Housing. Dan brings to his new know all the rules and regulations governing nursing homes and long-term care facilities and be able to volunteer position a wealth of experience and expertise five or more hours a week. Right now the program has more than 30 active volunteers. in architecture, appraisal and finance. “We always need volunteers,” Wanda says. “But what we really need is funding.” Catholic Charities formed Charities Housing in 1993 to help meet the need for more For many vulnerable seniors, the Ombudsman Program is their only lifeline to the outside world. Ombudsman staff affordable housing. Since then, Charities and volunteers visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities to make sure residents are getting quality care. They Housing has developed 14 affordable housing mediate complaints and investigate reports of any misconduct or abuse. complexes providing more than 800 units, “We’re not getting out there as much as we would like,” says Wanda. “We are able to meet the state mandates, but with 400 additional units planned. we aren’t able to give the kind of care we would like. We need to visit these places on a regular basis and build up a Last year, Catholic Charities created the Domus rapport with residents so they trust us and are willing to share problems they are experiencing with the facility.” Council to raise funds for supportive housing. The funds help leverage federal grants for these GET INVOLVED types of housing projects because many federal You can help seniors get the care they deserve by donating to the Ombudsman Program or becoming a volunteer. contracts require a local match of dollars. Contact Wanda Hale at (408) 325-5269. 3 Cutting Poverty by Catholic Charities Pr Mary “It turns out I can do just fine on my own,” she says. “It feels good to not be under the Supportive Housing Program influence and I’m now responsible for my life.” Mary came to California more than 35 Mary feels secure and accepted at Pensione years ago from upstate New York, but it wasn’t Esperanza, she says. In fact, Mary has been until last year that she finally had a place to doing so well thanks to the stability in her life, call home. That’s when she moved to Pensione she felt confident to visit her family in New Esperanza, a housing complex near downtown York for the first time in 27 years. San Jose developed by Charities Housing for “Thanks to Catholic Charities, I feel good very low-income individuals. about myself,” she says. After several decades of battling addiction, witnessing violence and enduring periods of GET INVOLVED Catholic Charities' Domus Council raises funds to incarceration, Mary was referred to Catholic build supportive housing developments. To get Charities’ Supportive Housing program. With involved, contact Magi Young at (408) 325-5225 guidance from her Catholic Charities case or email@example.com. manager, 56-year-old Mary has been able to manage living on her own. Alma Perez Charities’ Raising A Reader, which serves children from birth to age 5. Alma signed up Raising a Reader immediately and her children loved it. She Thanks to their involvement in Raising credits Raising A Reader with encouraging A Reader, Alma and her husband Daniel now her husband to be interested in their son and enjoy reading and singing to their children each daughter’s education. night. But that wasn’t always the case. “It would take me the whole day to talk The couple immigrated to the United about all the good and positive things that States eight years ago, first settling in Santa have happened to me,” Alma says. “I am very Cruz and then moving to San Jose. thrilled that there are programs that care for “The change was very radical for all of us, our children’s education.” but especially for me, because I did not know anyone here,” Alma says. GET INVOLVED Do you speak Spanish and want to help parents One day Alma’s neighbor mentioned a engage in early literacy activities at Luther Burbank, literacy program for children the neighbor Sherman Oaks or Seven Trees elementary schools? thought would be of great assistance to Alma Contact Patricia Arenas at (408) 283-6150 or firstname.lastname@example.org. and her family. The program was Catholic Damodar Dahal College District. It gives participants the tools they need to secure jobs. See the cover story for Employment Training more details about the program. After spending 17 years in a Bhutanese “Representatives from Safeway came to our refugee camp in Nepal, Damodar Dahal is ready class and interviewed me,” Damodar says. “I to get on with his life. The 24-year-old came to was hired as a courtesy clerk.” the United States in February and recently landed He learned to speak English and studied a job at Safeway using the skills he learned in business and mathematics while living in the Catholic Charities’ work-readiness program. refugee camp. He hopes to earn enough money “The classes I took helped me in several to go to college someday. ways,” he says. “I learned what to do and say “I want to get a degree in business and in the interview. I also learned a lot about accounting,” he says. customer service.” Damodar is one of the first graduates of GET INVOLVED Do you have a job opening that needs to be filled? the six-week training program, which was Contact Adrian Vargas at (408) 325-5251 or developed through a partnership with Catholic email@example.com. Charities and the Foothill–DeAnza Community 4 Reducing Barriers ograms Create Hope Marcia Powers “There is a heartfelt satisfaction in giving back to the elderly an ‘avenue’ to assist them in Rides Coordinator/Escorted Transportation Program completing their weekly tasks,” says Marcia. A number of seniors who regularly attend Marcia Powers has been helping the frail Day Break depend on the service to get them elderly get to Catholic Charities’ Day Break to the program. The centers offer seniors and Respite and Caregiver Support program for their caregivers state-licensed adult day care, nearly a decade, providing a lifeline to some of in-home respite care, classes, and more. the most underserved residents. She volunteers Marcia keeps the transportation service about 20 hours each week coordinating all running smoothly and often connects seniors the rides for the Escorted Transportation to other community services available to service. This critical program connects frail, them. They have come to count on her warm, homebound seniors in Santa Clara County – caring assistance. who cannot access public transportation – with dedicated volunteers who get them to and from GET INVOLVED Volunteer to be a driver by contacting Aurea Lewis at their grocery shopping, medical appointments (408) 325-5261 or firstname.lastname@example.org. and other errands. Zuleima Juarez The final two weeks of the course, she and her classmates each built their own computer to Washington United Summit take home. League Tech Lab “Now that I have a computer, it will be so Zuleima Juarez is the oldest of seven much easier to get my homework done,” she children. With so many kids in the house, it’s says. “I really learned a lot from the class. We hard for her parents to afford certain luxuries also talked a lot about jobs and careers.” like a computer. But now the 16-year-old has The program is aimed at bridging the a computer of her own and the skills to use it digital divide by providing low-income thanks to Catholic Charities’ Summit League teens with the opportunity to become more Tech Lab at Washington United Youth Center. computer literate while giving them the skills Zuleima recently graduated from a 10-week they need to get a job and do well in school. course at the Tech Lab, where she learned how GET INVOLVED to use basic computer programs, put together Companies with extra computers for donation to the her resume, conduct online research, including Tech Lab students may contact Tony Rodriguez at job searches, and other tools needed to succeed. (408) 938-6731 or email@example.com. Larry Lauro Campaign to Cut Poverty. Food is one of the five key areas the poverty campaign Campaign to Cut Poverty is addressing. Larry Lauro understands how easy it can “When you travel to extreme poverty you be to forget about those who really struggle begin to see the world differently,” says Larry, just to get by. The counselor at Bellarmine who took students on an annual trek to El College Preparatory is working with Steve Salvador for years and now wants to raise their Pinkston, Megan Murphy, Principal Chris awareness of the poverty that exists right here. Meyercord and others at the high school to “Day-to-day living in our material world can raise the consciousness of students and the distract us from the suffering that goes on. school community about hunger. They are Once you see that real people are poor and launching the Bellarmine Justice Summit on suffering, it diminishes your own humanity to World Hunger this fall. The ultimate goal of let it go on. You have to respond.” the yearlong social justice effort is to compel young people to act. GET INVOLVED To join the Campaign to Cut Poverty contact Terrie The school is partnering with Catholic Iacino at (408) 325-5132 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Charities and Step Up Silicon Valley’s 5 Caritas Dinner Continues to Honor Donors Every year Catholic Charities thanks its Caritas Society members ambiance are fabulous and it’s an easy walk from the Cathedral. with an elegant evening beginning with an inspiring Mass at the However, the survey also indicated members are concerned about Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, and then a delightful dinner the cost, so the Development Committee investigated other options, at The Fairmont San Jose. These committed supporters deserve to according to Magi. be recognized for their generous annual gifts of $1,000 or more. “When we looked at the cost of other locations, we found the Catholic Charities depends on these donations to help those living in Fairmont actually was the same or even less than other options,” poverty find a better life. she says. “The Fairmont is not only the place everyone likes, it’s the In this tough economy, the demand for Catholic Charities’ most cost-effective.” services is rising as people lose their jobs, homes and savings. The The survey showed Caritas Society members are willing to agency is working hard to efficiently serve those who need help pay some amount to attend the event. Members said they while cutting back where it can. One way to provide more assistance particularly enjoy the Mass and hearing how clients have turned to those in need is to reduce Catholic Charities’ cost for the Caritas their lives around. Society Annual Dinner. This year Catholic Charities will ask our So when members receive this year’s invitation to the Caritas guests to contribute $75 toward their dinner at the Fairmont. Society Dinner, remember the $75 payment for each attendee will “The dinner is partially underwritten each year, but in order for enable Catholic Charities to provide more services to those in need Catholic Charities to continue serving those in need, we are asking while still offering the Caritas Society an opportunity to celebrate its donors to pick up the other portion,” says Magi Young, Chief successes with those it has helped. Development Officer at Catholic Charities. GET INVOLVED The agency had considered moving the dinner to another venue Become a Caritas Society member by donating $1,000 or more to Catholic Charities each year. You can give a one-time donation or make weekly or monthly payments. to keep costs down, even though a recent survey of Caritas Society For more information, visit www.catholiccharitiesscc.org and click donate. members showed most give the Fairmont high marks. The food and PARISHES AND Roll Against Poverty at Upcoming DONORS OPEN THEIR HEARTS Bocce Tournament FOR MAY APPEAL There is still time to join in the fun at Catholic Charities’ inaugural Bocce Tournament on August 27. Meet your friends after work at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos and Roll Against Poverty. The In the midst of an economic crisis Bocce Tournament starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be played with teams of four. not seen in decades, donors opened their hearts to their neighbors in Teams are encouraged to come up with need, raising more than $668,000 for creative names and attire. For example, if programs that will help local families your team likes to bicycle, you could call step up out of poverty. Thanks to the yourselves the Bocce Bikers and wear bicycle local parishes, volunteers and donors racing shirts with your team name on them. who generously supported Catholic How about the Rockin’ Rollers? You get the Charities’ May Appeal this year, we idea. will get through this together. The day will include a raffle of fun With more demand for our services, theme packages like “A Taste of Italy” these unrestricted funds are more and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like critical than ever. With your support, Christmas.” The packages include gift certificates and other goodies related to the theme. You can Catholic Charities can help more purchase tickets before and during the event. people survive this crisis and get Not only is bocce a game everyone can play, it is a great venue for socializing with old friends back on their feet. and meeting new ones while enjoying pizza and appetizers. No-host beer and wine will also be We are truly grateful for the pastors available. who gave us the opportunity to talk The event offers another way to engage new supporters in Catholic Charities’ Campaign to Cut to parishioners and the generous Poverty. Proceeds will support programs that provide a path out of poverty. donors who dug deep into their pockets despite their own concerns GET INVOLVED about the economy. Thanks to you, To register a team or become a sponsor, visit www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/donations/bocce_tournament.htm or contact Magi Young at (408) 325-5225 we will get through this. 6 CATHOLIC CHARITIES 2009 GOLF TOURNAMENT Golf Sponsors We thank our Title Sponsor, Heritage Bank of Commerce, for its continued leadership and support in this tournament. We are also extremely grateful to all sponsors, auction donors, in-kind donors and volunteers whose generosity contributed to a highly successful event. Title Sponsor HERITAGE B ANK OF COMMERCE Dinner Sponsors Jennifer & Phil DiNapoli Melinda & John DiNapoli Lindsey, Shelby, Nini & Les Pelio Lunch Sponsor Barbara & Paul Gentzkow Robert Half International Tournament winners in the men’s category (L–R): Will Tournament winners in the women’s category (L–R): Vickie Cypress Sponsors Lawrence, Bill Davis, Kelly Head, Mark Matsumoto. Cupples, Roxanne Peterschmidt, Linda Floyd and in front Berliner Cohen Barbara Bocks. Lexus of Stevens Creek The Portola Group Solekai Systems The TOD Company Alice Wallace Media Sponsors KBAY 94.5 FM Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 25th Anniversary Champions Circle Greg Kepferle & Jean Blomquist Bill & Renee O'Brien Tim O'Donnell Ron & Sheryl Pelzel Ron Witherspoon, Inc. Augusta Sponsors "In Memory of Maureen Albanese” L–R: Garreet Rajkovich, Jack Previtte, Bill DelBaggio and Ray L–R: Ray Triplett, Mike Rosendin, Tony McCarthy, Tom Kanaley. Andreini & Company Parker celebrate 10 years of title sponsorship by Heritage Darrell Berg/Gene Toomey Bank of Commerce. Armstrong/Aumack/DiNapoli//Pierce Paul Beaupre/Good Samaritan Hospital CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Golf Tournament Changes Lives for 25 Years Delucchi, Hawn & Co. Environmental Systems Inc. Jerry & Linda Floyd Gawlick Retirement Services Gene Toomey remembers the first Golf Tournament Steve Hallgrimson/Ron Olander The Hayes Family Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corp. held for Catholic Charities 25 years ago – and every Ron & Joan Mackin Marsh Inc. one since. He was the first Golf Committee Chair Joe & Celeste Melehan Misty Foundation and the only person who has participated in every Ernie Moreno Chris Moore/ John Murphy tournament, including the June 8 event that raised Normandin Chrysler-Jeep Dave O'Mara/Ryan Carroll more than $201,000. The Pelzel Family Peppertree Estates “We needed funding to start the Independent Dave & Roxanne Peterschmidt Ranger Construction Aging Program,” remembers Gene, a long-time Strongbow Investments Joe Thomas/ Merrill Lynch member of Catholic Charities’ Board and Caritas Gene Toomey is congratulated for his 25 years with Toolwire (2) the golf tournament by Greg Kepferle. Triplett Financial & Insurance Services Society. “So we decided to have a golf tournament.” van Keulen/Burch/Johnson/Mountz Greg Vaughan Today the annual event provides critical unrestricted funds for programs that help the poor and Patrick Waite vulnerable become more self-sufficient. Held at beautiful Cinnabar Hills Golf Club and sponsored by Special Sponsors Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Triplett Financial & Insurance Services Heritage Bank of Commerce, the tournament has grown into a major fundraiser for Catholic Charities Fred & Mary Schell FireHouse Grill & Brewery thanks to the leadership of people like Gene and Ron Pelzel, who has chaired the Golf Committee for the Green Vehicles The McCarthy Ranch last 10 years, as well as the many volunteers. Ron Witherspoon, Inc. Advanced Professionals This year’s dinner and auction were emceed by Berger/Lewis Accountancy Corp. Charities Housing Development Corp. KBAY radio’s Sam Van Zandt, who played in the 18-hole Dan Caputo Co. Terrie Iacino tournament. Contributions were also raised for Catholic Robson Homes LLC Rosendin Electric Charities’ Senior Nutrition Program, which provides a Rugani Properties Ann & Mike Schall hot nutritious meal to hundreds of low-income seniors. Speno Family Partnerships Sweeney, Mason, Wilson & Bosomworth “I really believe in the work Catholic Charities is The Party Helpers Special Auction Donors doing, especially for seniors,” Gene says. Mary Sue & John Albanese Brassfield Estates Chicago Steak & Fish GET INVOLVED Jim Childers Help change someone’s life for good and join us for next year’s event Marilyn & Frank Dorsa on June 7, 2010, or become a member of the Tournament Planning Therese & Jon Engquist Committee. For information, visit Susan & Oliver Flach Gardino Fresco www.catholiccharitiesscc.org/donations/golf_tournament.htm Los Gatos Travel Ron Pelzel shares 10 years of golf committee insights Caption. Rate enit, sustionso dolore or call Magi Young at (408) 325-5225. San Jose Sharks with KBAY's Sam Van Zandt. velendre magnim nim do consequipis. Lilli & John Valencia Ron Witherspoon, Inc. 7 Non-Profi t Org. U.S . Postage PAID Permi t No. Official Newsletter of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County San Jose, CA 2625 Zanker Road San Jose, CA 95134-2130 Address Service Requested Tel: 408-468-0100 Fax: 408-944-0275 www.catholiccharitiesscc.org Writing: Kerk Communications Editing: Robin Reynolds Design: Métier Marketing Communications, Inc. Photography: Catholic Charities Printing: ChaseVP Printed on Recycled Paper C a t h o l i c C h a r i t i e s V o i c e s o f H o p e N e w s l e t t e r High School Seniors Honored for Community Service Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County honored 17 seniors from local Catholic high schools for their volunteer efforts at its Community Service Recognition Awards in April, including those pictured here with Greg Kepferle, Catholic Charities CEO (front row, far left) and Bishop Patrick J. McGrath (front row, far right). Winning students (front row, left to right) are Chris Nguyen, Nick Votaw, Katie Helland and Alex Greer. In the back row, from left to right, are Sara Grevara, Meaghan Amarillas, Felicia Gonsalves, Rubén Solorio of Catholic Charities, Tam Nguyen, Holly Ormseth, and Maggie Wiley.