Philanthropist honored and volunteers sought

October 6, 2013 by  

Hugh Romney will be presented with the Benjamin Ide Wheeler medal at the annual awards dinner for the Berkeley Community Fund next week.

Romney is a visionary philanthropist and activist fondly referred to as Wavy Gravy. He helped to found Camp Winnarainbow for disadvantaged youth, as well as the SEVA Foundation, which has helped to fund healthcare projects in developing countries.

The award was established in 1929 and is given to outstanding Berkeley residents. Fund chairman emeritus and chef Narsai David will curate the dinner. The proceeds from the event will go to the BCFs High Hopes Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to students.

The dinner will begin at 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 10, at His Lordship’s, 199 Seawall Drive in Berkeley, half an hour from Hayward. Banner printing can be used to honor someone at a reception like this.

On the subject of philanthropists, an orientation for volunteers at the Valley Human Society will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, October 10, at the Humane Society facilities located at 3670 Nevada Street in Pleasanton.

Volunteers will receive a tour of the shelter and information on the mission and history of the volunteer program and the shelter. Those who put their name forward should arrive 10 minutes early to check in.

Volunteers are need for isolation assistance, cat care, dog care, and foster families. For more information, call Lori J. Rice at (925) 426-8656 ext. 16. Other positions may be available at a later date.

The minimum age for volunteering is 12 with a guardian or parent. Those aged 16 and above may work independently.