Palo Alto Kiwanis Angel Award

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Palo Alto Kiwanis Club honors One Dollar for Life founder Robert Freeman with first Kiwanis Angel Award

The Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto has announced that Robert Freeman will receive the club's first Kiwanis Angel Award at a public reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30--7:30 PM, at the Sheraton Palo Alto. The Kiwanis Angel Award was instituted as a community service award to individuals or organizations that mentor and impact children and youth in our community and beyond. 

Robert Freeman, a Palo Alto resident and a social studies teacher at Los Alto High School, is being honored for his work as founder and director of One Dollar for Life http://www.odfl.org. One Dollar for Life addresses third world poverty by collecting just one dollar from high school students and then channeling those funds into small-scale infrastructure projects in developing countries. The organization's philosophy is that the world is made better by creating bigger young people, and youth are made bigger by helping others. 

Twenty-four projects have been completed in the organization's first five years. Recent projects have included a school in Haiti, a computer lab at a girls' school in Kenya, a birthing center in Nepal, and new classrooms in Nicaragua. Some projects include service visits from American high school students. 

Tickets for the Kiwanis Angel Awards are $50 a person if reserving by October 18, $55 afterwards or at the door. The master of ceremonies for the event will be State Senator Joe Simitian. Event sponsors include bbTtech, Inc.; Footwear, etc.; Gleim the Jeweler; Irvin Abrahamson & Co, CPAs; Lucile Packard Children's Hospital; Palo Alto Medical Foundation; Palo Alto University; Palo Alto Weekly; Patrick Farris Realtors, Inc.; Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel; and Stern Mortgage Company. To register for the event, go to http://www.KiwanisAngelAward.org

Funds raised from the 2012 Kiwanis Angel Award event will go to Kiwanis International's Eliminate Project http://www.theeliminateproject.org, a partnership with UNICEF to eliminate the tetanus that, while unknown in developed countries, kills mothers and 60,000 newborns every year in the poorest regions of the world. The Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto has committed to raising $100,000 for the Eliminate Project, an amount that will be matched by a private donor.


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