Almanac

Community - July 27, 2011

Around Town: Rich May sports field benefits from PV event

by Kate Daly

Dana Cappiello recently turned her Portola Valley home into a Parisian flea market for the day, raising $10,000 for a sports field that is being sponsored by the Rich May Foundation.

Based in Atherton, the foundation is named after the East Palo Alto police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty in 2006.

The fundraiser on July 16 involved more than 20 vendors selling furnishings, clothes, plants and other items in support of building the Rich May Memorial Field on Bay Road in East Palo Alto.

Ms. Cappiello, who serves on the foundation's board of directors, came up with the idea for the event for generating donations and helped spread the word on Facebook.

Some 225 people attended, shopped, enjoyed live music, and sampled food from the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel.

Art benefit in Woodside for Shelter Network

Artists Angelica Di Chiara and Jean-Marc Brugeille have collaborated on an exhibition of their work to benefit the Shelter Network, and its homeless shelter in Menlo Park, Haven Family House. The outdoor benefit, sponsored by the Istituto Educazione Italaian (IEI) of Atherton, will take place Aug. 13, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., at the home of Carla Anisman at 295 Ridgeway Road in Woodside.

A native of Brindisi, Italy, Ms. Di Chiara paints representational landscapes and cityscapes reminiscent of her native country. Mr. Brugeille, who recently arrived from Lyon, France, focuses on magnifying themes of daily life, dreams and poems, completing each piece with self-made oil paints.

Ms. Anisman, a local agent/broker with Coldwell-Banker, offered her home for the exhibition. Refreshments will be donated by Donato's restaurant in Redwood City and Renzo's Cafe in Palo Alto.

Annually, some 100 families, including 250 children, receive help with temporary housing, counseling, education, and enhancement of life skill.

Amy Write, director of major gifts for Shelter Network, will speak at the event about the organization.

No entry fee is required, however an RSVP is requested to insure appropriate refreshments.

Email info@italianartstudio.com or call 888-9521 to reserve a place. Comfortable attire and pavement-friendly shoes are advised.

— Alison Myoraku

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