buildOn Dinner Celebrates Local and Global Service by Bay Area Youth; Honors TMG Partners for Commitment to Education Around the Globe

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buildOn is celebrating Bay Area youth and their commitment to local and global service through buildOn afterschool programs at its annual Bay Area Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.

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“This event allows us to expand our work in the Bay Area, ensuring that more students have access to quality afterschool programs that develop character, citizenship and academic engagement.” - Catarina Schwab, buildOn Vice President of the West

buildOn is celebrating Bay Area youth and their commitment to local and global service at its annual buildOn Bay Area Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. The event will support buildOn’s afterschool programs in under served Bay Area high schools, and the construction of primary schools in developing countries across the globe.

Diane Dywer, Weekend Anchor for NBC Bay Area News, is hosting the dinner – which raises more than $600,000 annually to fund buildOn’s work in the Bay Area. The dinner will recognize TMG Partners for its commitment to quality education and for supporting buildOn’s program at home and abroad.

"We are excited to celebrate our 10th Annual Bay Area Dinner with our loyal supporters,” said Catarina Schwab, buildOn Vice President of the West Coast. “Each year, this event allows us to expand our work in the Bay Area, ensuring that more students have access to quality afterschool programs that develop character, citizenship and academic engagement.”

buildOn launched its Afterschool Service Program in the Bay Area in 2001. Since then, buildOn students from San Francisco and Oakland have contributed hundreds of hours of service each week by tutoring children, feeding the homeless and volunteering at senior citizen homes. Forty Bay Area students a year travel to some of the poorest countries in the planet, including Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua and Senegal to help build schools. Through buildOn, students from the United States realize their ability to change lives, including their own. Ninety-four percent of buildOn youth not only graduate from high school, but go on to college.

The Dinner Honorary Committee includes: Richard A. Carranza, Superintendent San Francisco Unified School District; Kelly Clark, Gold Medal Olympic Snowboarder; George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney; Ken Goldman, CFO Yahoo; Chris Horner, Olympic Cyclist; Hooman Khalili, Alice Radio; Mayor Edwin Lee; Hydra Mendoza, Education Advisor to the Mayor; Tyler and Stephanie Mitchell, Owners of Wilkes Bashford; Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Hilary Newsom and Geoff Callan; Lori Puccinelli Stern and Peter Stern; the Honorable Bryan Parker, Port Commissioner Oakland; Joanna Rees and John Hamm; and Langston Walker, nine-year NFL veteran.

Lynne Zydowsky is the Event Chair. The Event Committee includes: Nelvia Arlisa Bullock; Shannon Margaret Bavaro; Linda Chan; Suzanne Crandall; Camilla Field; Annie Leschin; Kelly McCarthy; and Leigh Wasson. The event features a unique silent auction, an inspiring message from buildOn’s CEO and Founder Jim Ziolkowski, emotional stories told by local buildOn student speakers, and a live auction.

Individual tickets are $250/$500 (limited availability), and table packages begin at $5,000. Please visit buildOn at http://www.buildon.org/events/bay-area-dinner/ or contact Jay Hirschton, Director of Development at 415-247-1218 for more information.

About buildOn: At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. In the Bay Area, buildOn runs 21 Afterschool Service Programs in underserved public high schools. Internationally, buildOn has constructed more than 525 schools in Haiti, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Senegal. Through buildOn students have contributed over 140,000 hours of service locally and globally.

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