Community - January 12, 2011

People: Betsy Glikbarg wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Betsy Glikbarg received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Zone 10 (California and Arizona) U.S. Hunter/Jumper Association Jan. 7 in recognition of her efforts in promoting equestrian activities. The ceremony took place at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.

Ms. Glikbarg, an Atherton resident, is the founder and longtime co-chair of the Menlo Charity Horse Show. Last year the horse show raised $500,000 for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. This year's horse show takes place Aug. 9 through 14 at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton.

Tabitha Willems at teen pageant

Tabitha Willems, 18, a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, will represent San Mateo County in the Miss Teen California pageant to be held in May 2011.

A dancer since age 3, Tabitha also plays the bass clarinet in the Menlo-Atherton Concert Band. She has been on the volleyball team, but track is her real passion, says her mother Jonna Planting.

Tabitha works part-time as a hostess at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse at the Stanford Shopping Center. With a 4.0 grade point average, she plans on attending Canada College and is interested in a career in nursing or criminal justice.

Tabitha lives in Menlo Park with her mother and stepfather, Jonna and Jim Planting.

The Miss Teen California pageant is based on academics and community service, as well as beauty and poise, says Ms. Planting.

Peninsula Family Service names new officer

Heather Cleary has been appointed vice president of finance and operations for Peninsula Family Service, which provides services for families throughout the Peninsula. Ms. Cleary formerly served as comptroller and director of donor services at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

In her new position, Ms. Cleary will be responsible for financial operations and management, as well as fiscal planning, accounting, payroll operations, building operations and office management staff. She lives in San Mateo.


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