Supporting San Jose Parks, Trails, and Recreation Programs
Thursday, June 23, 2016
San Jose Parks Foundation Board President Kathy Sutherland presided over the honoring of two distinguished volunteers at this year’s Summer Soiree. The Soiree annually recognizes extraordinary contributions by San Jose citizens to the City of San Jose’s City parks, trails & programs.
Julie Riera Matsishima led the campaign to provide accessible swings for special needs children throughout the park system. She then led the effort to plan, fund and build the first all accessible playground in San Jose. The Rotary PlayGarden, gives children of all abilities the opportunity to play side by side. The number of visitors to this unique playground has smashed projections and expectations.
Julie received the Velma Million Award, created to honor park volunteers who have a vision, a passion and persevere under difficult circumstances while maintaining the admiration and respect of both supporters and skeptics.
Dave Fadness, was recognized posthumously for his many years of community service, much of it devoted to beautifying his beloved Vista Park. Dave was a community leader who would always to roll up his sleeves and get the job done. He received the City’s highest Volunteer honor a few years ago for his efforts over the years.
Dave Fadness Memorial Fund
Dave Fadness was a dedicated, passionate volunteer who was omni-present in SanJose parks. He did whatever was asked of him and went beyond the call of duty. His friends and admirers are working with San Jose Parks Foundation to create a memorial bench. Your contributions help make this happen.
The Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park is a beautiful living symbol of the "Sister City" relationship between Okayama, Japan and San Jose. It was dedicated in 1965, and was patterned after Okayama's world famous Korakuen Park. The face of the traditional Japanese garden was molded by three major forces -- religion, a love for nature, and a heavy use of symbolism.
The newly-renovated Tea House in the Japanese Friendship Garden at Kelley Park was the site of the 2nd Annual Summer Soiree.
The intimate teahouse was built in 1972 and is modeled after the world-renowned teahouse in Okayama, Japan, which is San Jose's sister city.
San Jose Parks Foundation hosted this intimate evening in one of the city's most beautiful settings inside of a magnificent public park. The funds raised help the foundation's support the city's parks, trails and programs.