Yet six local individuals — the recipients of this year's Avenidas Lifetimes of Achievement honors — have regularly found minutes, even hours, to think beyond themselves and use their knowledge and skills to make others' lives healthier, happier and more fulfilling.
Each year the Palo Alto nonprofit Avenidas selects a handful of adults age 65 and older who have remained deeply engaged in the community throughout their lives. This year's honorees are Jean Dawes, Greg Gallo, Isaac and Maddy Stein, Jay Thorwaldson and Carolyn Tucher. Collectively, their professional and volunteer work has provided key support to students, nonprofits, the environment and those in need in Palo Alto and surrounding communities. Read on for each of their stories and their inspiration to do more than the expected.
In their honor, a garden party at a local home will be held on May 18, sponsored by Avenidas, the Palo Alto Weekly and PaloAltoOnline.com. Tickets to this public event cost $75 each, with proceeds to benefit a number of programs offered by Avenidas for older adults throughout the area.
Tickets and information are available by calling Avenidas at 650-289-5445 or visiting its website, www.avenidas.org.