Donations for annual giving project reach $349,000
Mercury News Wish Book readers have again responded generously to the annual entreaty to help their neighbors in need whose stories were told in our news sections and online this holiday season.
Through Dec. 31, readers have sent in $349,777 so far this year to Wish Book, which is in its 36th year of inspiring community giving. Donations are still being tallied, and you still have the opportunity to help make life better for people whose stories have been told and to support the programs that aid them. Donations are accepted year-round. This year’s stories and details about how to donate can be found online at wishbook. mercurynews.com. All of the money raised goes to the programs and families identified by Bay Area nonprofits, with The Mercury News covering all administrative costs of the program.
In this year’s series, we shared stories of people who are among our most needy, but also determined to change their lives and help others. They include foster teen Kevelyn Duarte, who’s been getting her life on track with the help of her Court Appointed Special Advocate, and is looking forward to graduating from high school this spring; Ferdinand Mangaoang, whose family cares for him at home after a debilitating stroke; and DeLoria White, who is navigating life with HIV.
Following is a partial list of Wish Book donors who contributed generously between Dec. 11 and Dec. 31 and who would like to be publicly acknowledged. Wish Book would also like to thank the many donors who wish to remain anonymous but whose gifts will help make a difference for so many people.
Sara Abraham, Ruth Adams, Kay Allen, Keith Anderson, Lois Anderson, Scott & Jeannine Angell, Leslie Anido in honor of Andrew, Kyle, Jamie, and Katie Roberta Archibald, Sandy Arevalo, Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Arthurs, Paul Askounis in honor of George & Mary Askounis, Henry & Jennie Francesco, Shirley Asplund
Brian Badenoch in honor of Mary Artibee & Milt Mallory, Jennifer Bailey, Leslie Bailey, Cipriano Bareng, Anne Battle, Phil Baudet, Rosalie Baum in honor of Mark Murphy, Linda Beaujon in honor of Deborah Beaujon, George Beers, Eugenia J. Benedetti, Roger & Carol Bennett, Leslie Berger, Eleanore Berman, Paul Blach in honor of Beth Blach, Robert Bogdanoff in honor of Pat & John Bogdanoff, Richard Bondi, Lois Bookman in honor of AchieveKids, Sinead Borgersen in honor of Mickey Borgersen. Dolores Borile, John Bower. Sue Bowling. Lucille Bragga, Debbie Bretschneider in honor of Dottie Bretschneider, Karen Brieger. Rowan Briggs, Jeff Brinley. Connie Brown in honor of Brett David Brown, Jason Buberel, Lai T. Bui, Nancy Burnett, Jonathan Burns. Sherisse Burns. Louise Burton, Glen & Rona Buschbaum Eileen Campagna, Brian Cane, Maureen Cappon-Javey in honor of Reza Javey, Ron Carmichael in honor of John Coburn, Michael Carroll. Leonardo Castaneda, Mercado Bernard Castellino, J.L. Cathcart, Henry Chace, Marlene Chan, Marsha Chan, Martha Chan, Malini Chandra, Claudia Cherlin, Larry Cherniss, Roxanne Chinn, Thomas Chipman, G Cho in honor of SG Cho and N Cho, Roberta Chock, Lynn Chronis, Pauline Chu in honor of my parents, Mr. & Mrs. Y.S. Lo, William Chu, Ai-Kyung Chung, Elizabeth Cilke,r Barbara Clapp, Steve Clemons, Linda Cochran, Kathleen Cohen in honor of Max Cohen, Deb Colden in honor of Sydney and Jacob Marker, Christine Conklin, Mary Cooper, Kathleen Corbal, Kathleen Corsello, Mary Creel, Deborah Crim in honor of Evelyn Tower, Dorothy Cronk, Michelle Crosby, Michele Culberson, Consuelo Culbertson, Mike Culcasi in honor of Phil and Rose Culcasi, Darby Cunning in honor of Mary Vavuris and Michelle Barbour
irginia Dahl in honor of Alison Mackey, Patrick Dalton, Paul Dankert, Subhra Datta, Armando Davalos, Brenda Davis, Gary H. Dean, Chirs del Pilar, Susan Dellwo, Bonnie DeMalta, Louise dePutron, Rob Devincenzi, Gerald L. Di Salvo in honor of Phyllis Di Salvo, Julie Diaz in honor of Kevelyn, Virginia Dickens, Stacy Dickerson in honor of my sister, Janet Diehl, Joanie Dinsmore, Rudy Dittrich, Phong Do, Peter Doelling in honor of Kurt Doelling — Brother/ Friend, Kathleen Doerr in honor of Trey Caldwell, Kathy Doi, Martin Donez in honor of Annika Donez, Elizabeth Drescher in honor of David Drescher, Laura Duato, Terry Duffy in honor of our parents, Chris Duffy Watson
Joan Ensign, Darcy Escovedo, Bruce Eshleman, Terri Ettinger
ndres Fajardo in honor of Luis, Felipe Fajardo, Austa Falconer in honor of Susie Cadorin, Michael Fast, Phyllis Faxon, Janet Fee, John Fensterwald, Jan Ferguson, Marilyn Fernandes, Brian Fernandez in honor of Beatrice Fernandez and Sandy Polando, Lorin Fink, Margaret Fisher, Denice Fontaine in honor of Frank and Dorothy Poso, Marilyn A. Fordham, William Forsythe, Wendy Fotland, Lynne S. Fovinci, Claire Fraisl in honor of Jen Fraisl, Maria Franco in honor of Joao Franco, Margit Fryman, Carrie Fujino, Delia Fujino, Michele Fuller, Donna Furuta
Charles Gaillard, Kathryn Gallant, Ann M. Gard in honor of Phil & Betty Cordeiro, Deborah Garvey, Ellen Garvey, Gates Pass Advisors LLC, Juanita George, Sarbajit Ghosal, Leslie Gill in honor of Transgender Teens, Noelle Gillies, Helen Gjerde in honor of Jane Keogh, Terri Glenn, Robert Goldberg, Augie Gonsalez in honor of Joaquin David Gonzales, Varada Gopalakrishnan, Ron Gorman in loving memory of Dan D. Gorman, Elaine Gould, Rose Gravelle in honor of Gravelle grandchildren, Christine Green in honor of Gayle & Sharon Green family, Barbara Grieser in honor of my mother, Leslie Griffith in honor of Janet Griffith, Debbie Guadan, Donna Guldimann
Charles Habib, Lars Hagen, Paul Halpern in honor of Norman Gussin, Lawrence Hambly, Virginia Hanna, Dick Hannah in honor of Jim & Helen Cramer, Adrienne Harber in honor of Carolyn Harber, Sally Harris, Peggy Heath, Ramdas Hegde, Thomas Heim in honor of Ray, Jean and Robert Heim, Pam Helmer, Dr. Donna Henderson in honor of Starr, John, and John-John, Cindy Hendrickson, Patricia Hendriks, Evan Hennessey, Anita R. Herrmann, Barbara Hoffman, Paul Hsieh, Anne Hubbard in honor of Maureen Guajardo, Gary Hubbard, William Huey in honor of Wyatt Huey
Janet Ikeda in honor of Dick Nakasone
Max Jedda in honor of Lori Jedda, Sara & Ricardo Jenez, Carol Jennings, Rebecca Jensen, Rebekah Jensen, Angelina Johnson in honor of Don Cordero, Rebekah Johnson, Millie Jones, Robert Jones, Jane Jordan Naprendra Kalra in honor of Narendra Kalra, Kenneth Kasik in honor of Logan Kasik’s friends, Randy Katkus in honor of Laura Diamond, John Keefe in honor of Myrtle Keefe, Liza Keh in honor of Doris Keh, James Kelley in honor of Shawn Kelley, Mary Kelly, Daphne Kennedy, Jeanette E. Kennedy, E.H. King, John King in honor of Geraldine King and Katherine Rieber, Janay Kingsberry, Anna Kjos, Irma Klassen, Rita Knabe, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Kohler, Elizabeth Kok, Marlene Kono in honor of Fromm Institute students and staff, Janet Kornberg, Asha Kumar, Nancy Kvork
Georgina La Berge, Helene Lafrance, Alan Lagod, Mark Lambert, Corina Lanfranco, Barbara Langworthy in honor of Herb, Sonny Davis, Veronica Lara, Maria Larson in honor of Yvonne, Edward Lau in honor of Edick Lau, John Laumann, Lance Lawson, Martha Lazarakis, Charlotte Leary, Mary J. Lefebvre, Jan Letson, Sam Liccardo & Jessica GarciaKohl Liccardo, Paul Liebenberg, Ed Linn, Bette Lloyd in honor of Madeleine Lloyd, Megan Lovelace in honor of Mary Lovelace, Kendra Lueke in honor of Lori Ross-Pick, Karen Lund in honor of Lietz School teachers — past & present, Barbara Lynn
Christina Ma, Marjorie Ma, Alison Mackey in honor of Walter & Virginia Dahl, Tom & Teri Dahl, Paul MacQuiddy, Judith Manton, Jessica Manzi, Bonni Marantette, Barbara Martin in honor of Kevelyn Duarte, Nancy C. Martin, Robert Martinez, Merle & Joy Mason, Ann McCarty, Denice McCollough, Mary Elaine McEnery, Marc McGeever, N.J. McKee, Sean McMahon, Patricia McRae, Bob McVey in honor of Josie, Paula Meier in honor of Joseph Schumaker, Jr., Alan Mena, Maqdooda Merchant in honor of Zarina A Khambaty, Denise Michael, Bryan Miller in honor of Don & Joyce Pedersen, John T. Miller, Christine Minnie, Ann R. Mirassou, Joette Mitchell, Scott W. Mitchell, Olga Mitina, Carol Monahan, Leigh Monichon, Sylvia Moore in honor of Melany Moore, Mick Dudas, Deborah Moore, Polly Moreno, Lynn Morgan, Susan Morlang, Diana Moss, The Mosse Family, Patricia Munoz, Jennie L. Murphy, Dr. Heather Myers, Sidney Mygatt yan Nakashima, Janet Neilsen, Felice Nelson
Lorraine Olson, Alfred Ottino Terrie Page, Beverlee Pasco in honor of Patricia Ann Pasco, Milan Patel, Herbert Perry, Karen Petterson, Gail Petty, Warren Pierce, Marsha Pollak, Penny Pollock, Anne Pound in honor of all women coping alone, Dr. Sachin Premasuthan, John Price, Lee N. Price
Ethel Queen, Lili Quiroz
Gladie Rabitz, Caroline Rackowski in honor of Margie Snively, Jonathan Rattner in honor of Marilyn Goldberg, Maura Rees, Jenae Reich, Lisa Reiss, Paul Rekieta, Ly Revutsky, Gabriel Reyes, Ina Rhee, Joseph Riccardo in honor of Gema Ortiz, Vera Richard, JoAnne Robertson, Bill Roeschlein, Jim Rogers in honor of our mothers, Carole Ryan in honor of Robert Cullenbine, Sharon Ryan
Craig Sakamoto, Betsy Sandford in honor of Marilyn and Richard Stoops, Robert and Emma Ross, Owen Saxton, Therese Schecter, Nicolas Scherer, Timo Scherer, Maureen Schimmel, Dick Schmidt, Roberta Schulte, Charles Schulz, Jean Schwab in honor of Linda & Loren Solin, William Schwarz in honor of Marti Kulisch & Mary Egan, The Seely Family, Christine Segerhammar in honor of Marco Dondero, Judi Seip, Ed Selden, Vijnan Shastri, Michael Shea in honor of Shea grandchildren, Mimi Shellman, Mort Sherin, Linda Sherry in honor of Max and Erna Eisenmann, P V Shivkumar, Tove Simonsen, Galen Stallings, Roger Stephens, Rebecca Stephenson, Nancy Struck, Andrea Sullivan in honor of Nathan, Hannah & Maggie
Lois S. Tarr, Betsy Templeton, Jeff Thomas, Amy Thompson in honor of Bill Kruse, Monet Thomson, Laura Tindall, Yuko Toda, Gene Tognetti in honor of Fred and Clara Tognetti, Raymond Tom, Lee Tomasello, Margaret Tracy in honor of Margaret Tracy, Diane Trombetta, Timothy Tsun aura Ugokwe in honor of Pete CaJacob
eorgina Van Horn in honor of Richard W. Van Horn, Patti Vanderburg in honor of Erik and Patti van der Burg, Anthony Vandersteen, Sunita Verma in honor of Sunita’s College Consulting, Nancy Vielicka, Janice Villemaire, Fred Virdeh, Craig Von Waaden
Grace Wada, Richard Walter, Lorri Watson, Rudith Weber, Robin Wedell, Alice Weigel, Tammie Weigl in honor of Women Class ’84 Thiel College, Harriet Weiss in honor of my grandchildren, Marian Weldon, Kathleen Wenzell, Helen K. Westly, Carolyn Westphal in honor of my family, Carol Whiteley, Judith William, Lynn Williams, Linda Wilson in honor of Wanda Smith, D & K Winters, Ann Wise, Soni Wiseman, Fred Wolcott, Jude Wong, Isabelle M. Wright, Wilma Wright
olleen Yamada, Amy Yeckel Edison & Janice Yee, Ruth Yoon in honor of Helen Dunlea, June Yoshida in memory of Mark Shimizu, Barbara Young, Jim Young, Alice Yu