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News: 02/01/2010

Oakmont Kiwanis supports Kenwood School, hosts Big Hearts

The Oakmont Kiwanis has been part of the Kenwood Education Foundation (KEF) since its inception in 1999. The KEF’s purpose is “involving the entire community in supporting and enriching the quality of education for the children of the Kenwood School District.” The Kenwood School District includes the Kenwood Elementary School (K-6) and Kenwood Preschool. About one-third of Oakmont (the part that is east of the PG&E wires that cross over Oakmont) is within the Kenwood School District.

The Oakmont Kiwanis Club has adopted the Kenwood School and supports many of its activities, one being the Kenwood Education Foundation. The KEF raises funds for programs that are not sufficiently funded by government allotments (local, state and federal). The funds raised by the KEF are used to support music, art, classroom aides, computer program, physical education, child care center, and mini-grants for the teachers.

The KEF has two major fundraising events a year, the auction and party in June, and the Big Heart Awards luncheon. The first Big Heart Awards were given in 2000. In 2002, the Oakmont Kiwanis Club received the award. The first Kiwanis member to receive the award was one of the KEF’s founding members, Don Odone, a former member now living in Arizona. Other members have received the award: Dave Arcado and his wife, Laura (owners of the Oakmont and Kenwood markets), Al Gilmour, and Andie Altman.

This year the Oakmont Kiwanis is pleased to be putting on the luncheon for the benefit of the KEF. All proceeds will go to the KEF. It will be held on March 2, 11:30 a.m. at the Berger Center. The donation for the event is $40, which includes lunch.

One of the Big Hearts award winners is Frank Podesta, an Oakmont Kiwanis member since 1990 Frank is being honored for his commitment and involvement with the children of Kenwood School. He also has been active in other parts of the community, including the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center, working on the garden project.

At this year’s Big Heart luncheon, in addition to a delicious meal, there will be entertainment by the Kenwood School Chorus.

Anne Cobb, wife of Oakmont Kiwanis member Jay Cobb, and Karen Borgfeldt of the KEF are serving as co-chairs.

For more information and reservations, call either Kiwanian Barbara Londerville at 538-1653, or Anne Cobb at 833-2391.

– Bob Reid

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