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Sharks Foundation Awards $273,000

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison announced today that the Sharks Foundation will donate grants totaling more than $273,000 to its 2007-08 grant recipients. Jamison also announced that the organization has created a new logo to represent the foundation and to establish a stronger connection to the San Jose Sharks hockey team. Over the next few months, representatives from the Sharks Foundation, with assistance from San Jose Sharks loveable mascot S.J. Sharkie, will deliver the funding during site visits with each organization.

The 2007-08 Sharks Foundation grant recipients are: ACE Public School Network, Alum Rock Counseling Center Inc., Books Aloud, CityTeam Ministries, Environmental Volunteers, Family Supportive Housing, Inc., Friends Outside in Santa Clara County, Greater San Jose After School All-Stars, Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen, O’Neill Sea Odyssey, Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Silicon Valley Conference for Community Justice and Valley Medical Center Foundation.

The Sharks Foundation board selected these 14 beneficiaries from more than 75 grant applications that were submitted last Fall. The selected organizations all met the criteria set forth by the Sharks Foundation which states that the organization must be classified as a 501(C)3 non-profit group and the funding must be applied towards programs and services for local youth in Santa Clara County.

“We hope that the support of the Sharks Foundation will help these organizations in their continued efforts to make a positive impact in our community,” said Jamison. “The Sharks Foundation selected these organizations because they reach deeply into the community in many different ways and touch the lives of thousands of kids in Santa Clara County. We are proud to be associated with these outstanding organizations.”

The new Sharks Foundation logo was created by Terry Smith, the same graphic designer that developed the most recent logo change for the Sharks hockey team. Smith has been involved with the Sharks organization since its inception, creating the original team logo launched in 1991. The new Sharks Foundation logo was updated to maintain consistency with the team’s new branding and marketing efforts and provide an immediate association between the charity and the team.

“Fans familiar with the Sharks Foundation might have recognized the old logo, but when the general population saw it, they had very little sense of what it stood for or its connection to the San Jose Sharks,” said Sharks Foundation Manager Laura Johnston. “We’re confident that when people see this logo out in the community, they will discover just how much our organization does to improve the lives of youth in our area.”

The Sharks Foundation was established in 1994 to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of our community. The Sharks Foundation offers unique resources and financial assistance to organizations to enhance the lives of local youth. The Sharks Foundation is committed to supporting Santa Clara County youth and other community activities.

The following is a summary of each grant beneficiary selected by the Sharks Foundation for 2007-08.

2007-08 SEASON

ACE Public School Network (
ACE’s mission is to provide at-risk children in underserved communities access to excellent small K-8 schools where they can reach grad-level proficiency and leave 8th grade ready for high school and eventually college success. ACE works toward achieving this mission though the development , launch and on-going support of small, autonomous elementary and middle schools. The Foundation grant will support their Ganas Summer School, an intensive 5-week literacy program designed to get 5th graders reading significantly below their grade level up to proficiency.

Alum Rock Counseling Center Inc. (
ARCC’s mission is to provide culturally appropriate case management, counseling, prevention, education and early intervention services, which enable youth and their families in East Santa Clara Valley to improve their lives. The Foundation grant specifically supports the Evening Reporting Center, which is designed to provide life skills instruction and intensive support services to juvenile probation violators.

Books Aloud (
Books Aloud’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people unable to directly benefit from the printed page, by providing a service to stimulate minds, stir emotions and foster independence through their “Reading by Listening” program. The Foundation grant will provide audio books for this program, as well as “mini-libraries” for Special Education classrooms in Santa Clara County.

CityTeam Ministries (
CityTeam pledges to help as many disadvantaged people as possible by providing food, shelter, clothing, education, recreation, and other programs wrapped in dignity, respect and compassion. The Foundation grant will allow disadvantaged youth to build self- esteem and teamwork skills in a summer-camp environment. Emphasis is placed on high-energy activities, group discussions, and building one-on-one relationships with camp leaders in order to promote making healthy lifestyle choices among campers.

Environmental Volunteers (
Environmental Volunteers promotes the understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science education. With a focus on public schools with a majority of low-income students, they offer a concentrated educational program directly in the classroom, conduct follow-up field study explorations in local nature preserves and supply teachers with supplementary resources to help them meet the state science curriculum standards. The Foundation grant will provide scholarships to low-income students to off-set the costs associated with this science discovery program.

Family Supportive Housing, Inc. (
Family Supportive Housing provides temporary shelter and supportive services to homeless families with children in Santa Clara County, with the ultimate goal of transition into independent, self-sufficient living. Some services include day-care, case management, tutoring and employment referrals. The Foundation grant will be used for the purchase of essential computer equipment, which supports the Children’s Education Program and is used by parents to locate and research housing and career opportunities.

Friends Outside in Santa Clara County (
Friends Outside empowers and assists families, youth, prisoners and ex-prisoners to overcome the immediate and long terms effects of incarceration and to act as a bridge between those they serve, the community at large and the criminal justice system. Their youth program focuses on children who have an incarcerated parent and are at tremendous risk for future incarceration themselves. The goal is to break the cycle through a dynamic mentoring program, after-school activities, tutoring, school advocacy and a summer camp experience. The Foundation will provide for a new van to transport participants to these vital services.

Greater San Jose After School All-Stars (
The mission of ASAS is to provide comprehensive out-of-school programs that keep children safe and help them achieve success in school and life. The Foundation grant will support their Entourage Program, which provides 7th and 8th grade students with a comprehensive program of life skills and leadership development, community service learning projects, and peer mentoring to at-risk 6th grade students.

Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen (
Loaves & Fishes is committed to providing nutritious meals and support services in a dignified, safe and caring environment to all needy individuals in Santa Clara County,
with a special concern for families and senior citizens. The Foundation funding will beused to purchase critical kitchen equipment necessary for the storage and safe preparation of over 60,000 meals for those in need in the downtown and east San Jose areas.

O’Neill Sea Odyssey (
OSA provides students with hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment. The program
is conducted at sea, with follow-up lessons at the shore-side Education Center at the Santa Cruz Harbor. It is free of charge, but students earn their way into the program by designing and performing a project to benefit their community. The Foundation grant will be used for costs of chartering boats, as well as supplies associated with the program.

Sacred Heart Community Service (
SHCS’s mission is to change lives and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering tools for self-sufficiency, while ministering with dignity, compassion and respect. The Foundation grant supports their Essential Services Program, which provides food, clothing and housing assistance to families in need, ensuring they have access to basic necessities. These services are provided free of charge to over 50,000 individuals per year, many of whom are children.

San Jose Repertory Theatre (
The SJRT strives to engage, entertain and inspire people by producing innovative theatrical performances, educational programs that promote life-long learning and outreach initiatives that benefit the diverse South Bay community. The Foundation’s funding supports their award-winning Red Ladder Theatre Company, which serves over 1,600 at-risk youth annually. Guided by Red Ladder Company members, participants are encouraged to examine and solve the issues and problems that affect and often derail their lives.

Silicon Valley Conference for Community Justice (
SVCCJ’s goal is to end bigotry, racism and exclusion in the Bay Area by empowering people of diverse backgrounds to build just communities where each person is treated with respect and understanding. The Foundation funding benefits their Camp Everytown program. An intensive youth leadership development program, Camp Everytown is a four day residential retreat for high school students, which teaches respect and responsibility by breaking down stereotypes, biases and prejudice through highly interactive discussions, workshops, role-plays and shared experiences.

Valley Medical Center Foundation (
The VMC Foundation enhances community health and related human service needs via the Santa Clara County Health & Hospital System, which includes Valley Medical Center, with an emphasis on minority, low-income and extremely low-income populations. The Foundation grant will be used to purchase one of many Giraffe Beds essential to their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These beds are critical to the survival of the more than 600 premature and critically ill babies VMC expects to care for each year.

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