Pizarro: VMC Foundation pays reverence to 3 doctors

May 1, 2016 - Finding Carter

When Chris Wilder took a reins during a VMC Foundation in 2003, Dr. Antonia Charles was one of a initial people he listened from.

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center pediatrician — afterwards unwed and famous as Antonia Zazueta — was wondering if a substructure could assistance with something new: Giving out books to her immature patients and their relatives when they came in for well-child visits. Wilder, who had worked with girl issues when he was with City Year, immediately saw a intensity and agreed.

Today, a Reach Out and Read module distributes 40,000 books any year. “It feels unequivocally good to not usually yield studious caring yet now I’m going out in a village and anticipating out what children unequivocally need,” pronounced Charles, who now runs VMC’s Pediatric Healthy Lifestyles Center.

Charles was respected along with colleagues Dr. Timothy Ong and Dr. Richard Silberstein during a foundation’s fourth annual Physicians and Philanthropy awards Wednesday night during Dry Creek Grill in San Jose. The awards are named for Dr. Robert Violante, a former Chief of Emergency Medicine during VMC and a initial member of a VMC Foundation board.

“We initial designed this eventuality 4 years ago for an critical reason,” Wilder told a doctors and guest in attendance. “We felt all of we physicians are heroes and we wanted to contend appreciate we for a work we do.

“And,” he added, “as tough as it is for me to say, I’m not going to ask we for any money.”

TWENTY YEARS OF REACH: It was an romantic morning Friday as a San Jose Sports Authority’s REACH Youth Scholarship module distinguished a 20th year ancillary high propagandize athletes who have used their appearance in sports as a apparatus to overcome diversity.

Six seniors found out they were receiving scholarships during a breakfast during a San Jose Marriott. The recipients were Bailey Thayer of Los Altos High School, Nick Murtha of Leland High School, Alexei outpost Klaveren of San Jose’s Valley Christian High School, Merin Kolte of Archbishop Mitty High School; Eddie McCartney of Santa Teresa High School and Carly Polisso of Los Gatos High School.

It’s covenant to what these immature people have left by — their obstacles enclosed pang mind tumors, being challenged by injuries and conditions like intelligent palsy, and losing family members to cancer — that both speaker Robert Braunstein of Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area and NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, who serves as a program’s chairman, got a small choked adult articulate about a students’ achievements.

“We need all of you,” Lott told a grant nominees, who were there with family members, coaches and teachers. “Use your heart each day, and uncover your heart to a community.”

SAY IT AIN’T SO: Few bartenders are as renouned as Harold Martin, a “Pied Piper” whose fans have followed him from bar to bar for a past quarter-century in downtown San Jose. Now, they might have to invert to kibbutz with their favorite splash slinger.

Martin is withdrawal a Hotel De Anza’s Hedley Club to work during Grill 57, a new bar and grill opening shortly in Los Gatos. Coincidentally, it’s right opposite a travel from a Los Gatos Lodge, where Martin poured his initial drink. Pals can stop by a Hedley Club to toast Martin on Tuesday, when there will be a farewell jubilee in his respect starting during 2 p.m.

MOLLICONE STRONG AT 70: Composer Henry Mollicone incited 70 on Mar 20, yet a South Bay value shows no signs of negligence down.

Mollicone was in Texas final week for a universe premiere of “Lady Bird,” a one-act show formed on a life of former initial lady Lady Bird Johnson, that Mollicone collaborated on with librettist Sheldon Harnick. The premiere during Texas State University during San Marcos was Thursday night.

A bit closer to home, Mollicone’s birthday will be distinguished May 15 when his environmental cantata, “A Song For Our Planet,” will be achieved by a San Jose Symphonic Choir, fasten a Mission Chamber Orchestra during a California Theatre. The module also includes a new piano concerto by composer Lee Actor featuring pianist Jon Nakamatsu and a opening of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

You know, solely for that Beethoven guy, that’s a flattering good jubilee of Santa Clara Valley music.

MR. HOSPITALITY: Lee Kopp has ragged a lot of hats in his life and career. He’s a musician and actor. And he has hold selling jobs with several San Jose humanities groups, including Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet San Jose and San Jose Stage. But he’s been mostly freelancing a past few months, so he was confounded when he was heavily speedy to attend a Silicon Valley Concierge Association’s awards Thursday night during a San Jose Marriott.

Well, it’s a good thing he went since he got a group’s top honor, a Hospitality Achievement Award.

“I’m unequivocally kind of blown away,” pronounced Kopp, who has been a illusory envoy for San Jose humanities and enlightenment for some-more than 3 decades. “I adore a humanities village here, and we know we do it out of a same feeling that we have, out of love.”

LEIGH’S LEGACY: The Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards module is on a surveillance for few new gifted people to gleam a spotlight on — and benefaction with $5,000 grants. So many people in a hollow fondly remember Leigh Weimers, my prototype in this space, and know that so most of his career was spent championing a humanities in a Santa Clara Valley.

The Leigh Weimers Awards, a San Jose Rotary Club module now in a fourth year, are a good approach to continue building a bequest for Leigh, who died in 2012 during age 76. In a seductiveness of full disclosure, I’m on a organizing cabinet for a awards, yet I’m not partial of a preference process.

Some extraordinary artists have been respected in prior years, including jazz vocalist Jackie Gage, sculptor Charlotte Kruk, hip-hop artist Demone Carter, mixed-media artist Shannon Amidon and lighting engineer Nick Kumamoto.

Three grants are accessible for artists whose approval so distant hasn’t matched their artistic drive. Applications are due Jun 30 and recipients will be announced Aug. 1. Applications and discipline are accessible during www.weimersawards.com.

Contact Sal Pizarro during spizarro@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him during Facebook.com/mercurynews.aroundtown and Twitter.com/spizarro.

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