By Soma McCandless
So you missed our annual breakfast. Not to worry, details are below:
People started flowing into our new location, the Santa Clara Convention Center, at 7:00AM. There was a 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the breakfast hall. Along the way, every guest was greeted by many smiling youth pointing the way to the reception. When the doors opened, guests entered a beautifully decorated ballroom with over 120 tables!
As the breakfast began, the 1250 guests were serenaded by the Willow Glen Pep Band. All guests were welcomed.
Teachers and school staff
Principals and Superintendents
Police Officers and many more!
The keynote speaker, Steve Young, was warmly introduced by Bay Area businessman and philanthropist John Sobrato. Steve moved the crowd with his stories of both his childhood and young adulthood. Steve was funny and articulate and provided many great laughs. He talked about the incredible support he had from his parents, his own motivation and hardships, and the support his son is now receiving from his school. Through his stories he touched upon many Developmental Assets and the importance of all the work we are doing!
Chief of Police from Los Gatos Scott Seaman and Los Gatos High School Senior Olivia Flechsig were the Master of Ceremonies.
Guests watched as schools, community leaders, and youth were presented with Asset Champion Awards. Many individuals, schools, and organizations were nominated. All nominees were recognized.
The guests were treated to a beautiful vocal performance by Shannon Haley, a student from Archbishop Mitty High School.
And of course we closed with a request for any and all generous donors out there to donate to Project Cornerstone so that we can continue to support asset building throughout Silicon Valley and beyond!
If you missed the breakfast this year, no worries, we will be back next year to once again celebrate all of our local heroes and UPstanders!