Avenidas honors seven people with “Lifetimes of Achievement” awards | News
Seven local residents – three individuals and two couples – will be honored this spring by senior services agency Avenidas with “Lifetimes of Achievement” awards.
They are Palo Alto residents LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, Gary and Jeff Dunker, Annette Glanckopt, Barbara Gross and Los Altos Hills residents Judy and George Marcus.
A garden party honoring the seven — and serving as Avenidas’ main annual fundraiser — will be held Sunday, May 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in a Palo Alto backyard.
Since 1998, Avenidas has recognized residents who have dedicated their lives to improving the community through volunteerism and philanthropy.
Avenidas spokeswoman Kari Martell said of this year’s recipients, “We are thrilled to have such an incredible group of honorees, including the first African-American female judge in Northern California. , several behind-the-scenes Palo Alto influencers, a couple dedicated to long-term volunteerism, and another couple deeply committed to giving back to their community.”
Hazzard Cordell, a 1974 graduate of Stanford Law School, was the first female attorney to open a private law practice in East Palo Alto, and in 1982 became Northern California’s first African-American female judge. She was later elected to the Santa Clara County Superior Court. After serving 19 years, Hazard Cordell retired from the bench and joined Stanford University as Vice Provost and Special Advisor to the President for Campus Relations. She also served on the Palo Alto City Council, was the Independent Auditor for the City of San Jose Police, and is an on-camera legal analyst for CBS-5 News on KPIX-TV.
Gary and Jeff Dunker have dedicated a great deal of time to enriching the lives of young and old. Gary, a longtime Palo Alto Elementary School teacher, started a food distribution program similar to Meals on Wheels for Duveneck Elementary School families and, after his retirement, volunteered for more than five years in after-school homework programs at schools in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. She has also volunteered as a hospice respite volunteer with Pathways, served as a board member for the Peninsula Center for the Blind (now Vista Center), and is currently a board member for Gamble Garden, where she was the chief garden hostess for the non-profit organization’s annual meeting. spring tour for 11 years. She volunteered with Avenidas for 35 years, raising funds for the Senior Day Health program (now Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center) and participated in cognitive activities with center attendees two afternoons a week for 14 years.
Jeff, a lifelong athlete who was named All American Track and Field in the shot put at Cal Poly in 1969, spent his early career teaching physical education to local children through the enrichment of the Palo Alto school district, which required him to visit every elementary school in Palo Alto. For the past 37 years, Jeff has spent every October decorating the exterior of his house for Halloween. It is an annual tradition that attracts around 1,500 tricksters, including many of his former students and Gary who are now parents and share the tradition from their childhood with their own children.
Jeff was also a board member of the non-profit organization La Comida, which provides hot meals to local seniors. Together, Jeff and Gary volunteer at Trinity Church in Menlo Park, where Gary serves as chairman of the monthly luncheon series commission and Jeff attends the event.
Glanckopf has left his mark on Palo Alto through tireless service to his neighborhood and his community. As president of the Midtown Residents Association, she was instrumental in the restoration of Scott Meadows in Greer Park, oversaw the installation of five public art projects in the neighborhood, and helped revive the shopping district. of Midtown pushing for retail on the ground floor. Glanckopf is the co-founder of Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN), a networking organization that connects neighbors and neighborhoods. She also co-founded the organization Emergency Services Volunteer (EVS) and the non-profit support group Pacific Stroke Awareness.
She has served on more than 19 boards, including the Rotary Club of Palo Alto, the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Players, Leadership Palo Alto, Emergency Service Volunteers, as well as on the city’s overall plan and l future of residential housing. workgroups. She received the Community Champion Award from the 13th Senate District and was recognized by proclamation by the City of Palo Alto.
Gross reentered the working world as general manager of the Garden Court Hotel after raising three children. She was a key member of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, serving on the group’s board of directors, government action council, and downtown marketing committee. She helped form the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association and was among those who orchestrated the formation of a public-private partnership between the association and the city to renovate Lytton Plaza.
She has also volunteered with Stanford Health Library, Community Breast Health Project, Palo Alto Partners in Education, Palo Altans for Government Effectiveness (PAGE), East Palo Alto Elementary Schools, and the Peninsula Stroke Association. . Gross received the 2005 Athena Award from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.
Judy and George Marcus, co-owners of Kokkari Restaurant in San Francisco and Evvia in Palo Alto, have volunteered in various organizations together and independently. Together, the duo established the International Center for the Arts at San Francisco State University in 2005. George is the founder of Marcus & Millichap, now one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the world. He serves on the board of trustees of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the UCSF Foundation, the CSU Foundation, and the Georgetown School for Foreign Service and is an emeritus member of the board of trustees of the Library of Congress Trust Fund and the Corporation of Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. He is regent emeritus of the University of California and a former trustee of California State University.
Judy has dedicated many years to community service, volunteering her time and talents to organizations such as Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Cristo Rey San Jose, Montalvo Arts Center, Breast Cancer Connections, Community Services Agency in Mountain View, and Avenidas. Their home has been the site of countless fundraising events for nonprofits, as well as presidential candidates and other political candidates.
The May 15 garden party honoring this year’s seven winners is open to the public. Proceeds from the $85 per person ticket will support the nonprofit’s programs for local seniors. Tickets include appetizers, wine and music. For tickets and more information, go to avenidas.org.