Supporting San Jose Parks, Trails, and Recreation Programs
Our Mission: The San Jose Parks Foundation is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for San Jose's parks and trails and the programs within them, by empowering residents and volunteers and securing private donations.
San Jose Parks Foundation Board President Kathy Sutherland announced the two distinguished volunteers who will be honored by the Foundation at this year’s Summer Soiree. The Soiree recognizes extraordinary contributions by San Jose citizens to the City of San Jose’s City parks, trails & programs.
Julie Riera Matsishima led the campaign to provide accessible swings for special needs children throughout the park system. She then led the effort to plan, fund and build the first all accessible playground in San Jose. The Rotary PlayGarden, gives children of all abilities the opportunity to play side by side. The number of visitors to this unique playground has smashed projections and expectations.
Julie will receive the Velma Million Award, created to honor park volunteers who have a vision, a passion and persevere under difficult circumstances while maintaining the admiration and respect of both supporters and skeptics.
Dave Fadness, will be recognized posthumously, for his many years of community service, much of it devoted to beautifying his beloved Vista Park. Dave was a community leader who would always to roll up his sleeves and get the job done. He received the City’s highest Volunteer honor a few years ago for his efforts over the years.
The Summer Soiree will be held Thursday, June 23 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the elegant Tea House at the Japanese Friendship Garden located in Kelley Park on Senter Road.
Dave Fadness Memorial Fund
Dave Fadness was a dedicated, passionate volunteer who was omni-present in SanJose parks. He did whatever was asked of him and went beyond the call of duty. His friends and admirers are working with San Jose Parks Foundation to create a memorial bench. Your contributions help make this happen.
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