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Sharks Foundation Announces 2005-06 Beneficiaries

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The Sharks Foundation is pleased to announce its beneficiaries for the 2005-06 season, which includes twelve non-profit organizations receiving a total of $176,000.
“The Sharks Foundation is proud to support these fine organizations as they work to improve the lives of youth in our community. We would like to thank them for all that they do and are honored to assist in their efforts,” said Greg Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer for the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks Foundation provides financial assistance to 501(c)(3) organizations in Santa Clara County whose focus is geared toward youth programming and services. Through the grant program, beneficiaries are selected to receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. More than 100 non-profit organizations applied for this season’s funding. 
Those selected represent a diverse range of interests and areas of service, but all hope to improve the lives of youth in our area.
Congratulations to this year’s beneficiaries and thank you for your commitment to our community:
California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation- $10,000
Funding will be disbursed in the form of scholarships so that local CHP spouses and children who have lost a loved one in the line of duty can further their education. 
Greater San Jose After School All-Stars - $20,000
Funding benefits their Middle School Sports League in San Jose, which provides various sports clinics and competitions, as wells as after-school Homework Centers and opportunities for family involvement. 
Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen - $20,000
Funding supports their hot meals and food basket programs, as well as provides for a Community Services Coordinator who will insure that families also receive information and referral resources.
MayView Community Health Center - $5,000
Funding will be used to initiate a weight management program for children and their families, who will participate in a series of weekly sessions with medical professionals aimed at increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. 
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence - $10,000
Funding will assist their Children’s Program, which seeks to increase the self esteem and sense of independence of abused children by providing emotional and behavioral counseling, as well as appropriate academic and educational enrichment activities.
San Jose Downtown Foundation - $6,000
Funding aids the Downtown Doors program, which offers high school students an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic ability by having their artwork enlarged and mounted on blank utility doors of highly visible buildings in the downtown area. 
Santa Clara County Office of Education/Head Start Program - $20,000
Funding assists Head Start’s preschool soccer program, which hopes to combat childhood obesity while increasing parental involvement, with a special emphasis on reaching out to fathers. 
Santa Clara Family Health Foundation - $10,000
Funding helps to support the Healthy Kids insurance program, which provides affordable and comprehensive medical, dental, vision and mental health insurance coverage to over 13,000 otherwise uninsured children from low-income families.
Silicon Valley Children’s Fund - $20,000
Funding benefits their Kids First™ program, which helps Silicon Valley Children’s Shelter residents strengthen important developmental assets and relate their ability to produce amazing artwork and success in the classroom to their ability to overcome challenges and succeed in life.
Silicon Valley Conference for Community Justice - $20,000
Funding benefits Camp Everytown, a four day residential retreat for high school students that teaches respect and responsibility by breaking down stereotypes, biases and prejudice through highly interactive discussions, workshops, role-plays and shared experiences. 
Teach For America Bay Area - $20,000
Funding will help to recruit, select, train and support outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and backgrounds who commit to two years of teaching in San Jose public schools in an effort to eliminate educational inequity.
The Role Model Program - $15,000
Funding helps support their Community Classroom Visit component, which matches caring adults from the community to students in need of hope and inspiration and who might not otherwise be exposed to the path to higher education. 
For more information on each of these organizations, including links to each of their websites, please visit the Community Section of
About The Foundation
The Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase organizational impact on the community. Its mission would prove to be the framework from which it grew: “The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to meeting the social, cultural and educational needs of our community by offering unique resources and financial assistance to support organizations that enhance the lives of local youth.” The Sharks Foundation evolved and quickly expanded beyond its original charter and has donated over $2.9 million to more than 75 local beneficiaries. In addition to its original grant program, The Sharks Foundation manages educational programs, hosts major fundraisers, executes pledge programs and implements community outreach events. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, The Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hope of enhancing the lives of our youth. 
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