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June 08, 2011

Los Gatos Seniors of DistinctionEach year, the Seniors of Distinction award is given to a resident of Los Gatos or Monte Sereno who’s made “outstanding contributions” to the community.  Sponsored by the Terraces of Los Gatos and the Los Gatos Weekly Times, this year’s presentation was the 15th annual event honoring fabulous senior members of our community.

The 2011 event took place yesterday and the Seniors of Distinction award was presented to Ms. Jo Grenier, who has worked with tremendous dedication and zeal (10 hours per day for the last 15 years) as the Pantry Coordinator with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Los Gatos to serve the homeless in our area.  I learned a little about Jo from Pam Bancroft of the Terraces: “She is personally responsible for saving the lives of at least 3 homeless men, in addition to setting up the program that provides weekly showers, food, and permanent housing assistance (and one of the men in attendance last night is moving to an apt. this weekend, which was a thrill to see!).”

An honorable mention was given to Don Callahan for his outstanding dedication and efforts with the Los Gatos Community Foundation, where he was a board member and past president from 1990 to 2008. The LGCF supports a wide variety of community events and causes, from the new library being constructed in town to the tree lighting ceremony and loads of other good causes.  Check out their website to learn more, and also please see the page listing  friends, supporters and sponsors too. (In full disclosure, I’ll add that Don is a friend of mine and also a Realtor in town at Coldwell Banker.)

Presenting the awards were Los Gatos MayorMayor Joe Pirzynski to Jo Grenier (who was awarded an engraved plaque and an overnight stay at the Hotel Los Gatos) and Dick Sparrer, the editor of the Los Gatos Weekly Times, presented the Honorable Mention to Don Callahan.

Congratulations and a big THANK YOU to Jo and also to Don for all the good they do for Los Gatos and the west valley! Thanks also to The Terraces and the Los Gatos Weekly Times for sponsoring this event.