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Foundation Beneficiary Spotlight: Silicon Valley Children's Fund

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The Sharks Foundation is pleased to announce the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund as one of twelve Sharks Foundation beneficiaries for this season. 

The Sharks Foundation presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to the local nonprofit, which works in tandem with the Silicon Valley Children’s Shelter to provide resources and a safe living environment for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Santa Clara County.  The SVCF’s mission is to develop and support innovative programs, projects and services that will help these children heal, become productive members of the community and achieve their dreams for the future.
“The Sharks Foundation’s leadership has played a pivotal role in helping SVCF provide the highest quality programming,” said Executive Director Minh Ngo-Gonzalez, “We sincerely appreciate the contributions of the San Jose Sharks and The Sharks Foundation.”
The Sharks Foundation grant will specifically support their Kids First™ Program, which boasts an 18-year track record of helping children overcome their circumstances and strengthen their resiliency skills.  The program incorporates art, recreation, computer, tutoring and scholarship opportunities in order to promote education and life long learning. 
The Kids First™ Program is comprised of both Art Education and the Youth Education Scholarship (YES™).  Art Education teaches 7-18 art skills and techniques that mature their imagination and creativity and foster new forms of expression, understanding and learning.  Participants work with a broad range of mediums, including ceramics, video, photography and dance. 
YES™ is designed to help those “aging out” of the child welfare system succeed in higher education.  It does so by partnering with college campuses to provide enhanced academic services to emancipated foster youth, as well as by providing scholarship support and financial advising to maximize other funding sources. 
“For the hundreds of children that pass through the doors of the Children’s Shelter each year, The Sharks Foundation is honored to be able to help the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund create a warm and friendly environment the encourages their growth and their sense of self worth,” said Laura Johnston, Sharks Foundation Manager. 
For those Sharks fans who may wish to support the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, there are several ways to donate:
-          Contribute a monetary donation
-          Contribute items ($200+) to be auctioned through a partnership with a local, expert consignment service. Items that may be donated for auction include art, antiques, collectibles, computers, electronics, furniture, jewelry, musical instruments, vehicles and other valuable items worth $200 or above.
For more information on the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and donations, please contact Minh Ngo-Gonzalez at (408) 558-5431 or by e-mail at or visit
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