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Judy and George Marcus Honored by Avenidas with Lifetimes of Achievement Award

PALO ALTO, CA – The senior services agency Avenidas is honoring local residents, including Judy and George Marcus, with the ‘Lifetimes of Achievement’ awards, Palo Alto Weekly reported on March 4.

Greek-American George Marcus and his wife Judy, Los Altos Hills residents, are well-known for their philanthropy. They will be honored along with Palo Alto residents LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, Gary and Jeff Dunker, Annette Glanckopt, and Barbara Gross, Palo Alto Weekly reported, adding that “a garden party honoring the seven – and serving as Avenidas’ major annual fundraiser – will be held Sunday, May 15, 3-5 PM in a Palo Alto backyard.”

“Since 1998, Avenidas has recognized residents who have dedicated their lives to improving the community through volunteer work and philanthropy,” Palo Alto Weekly reported.

Avenidas spokesperson Kari Martell said of this year’s recipients: “We are thrilled to have such an amazing group of honorees, including the first African-American woman judge in northern California, several of Palo Alto’s behind-the-scenes movers and shakers, a couple dedicated to long-term volunteering, and another couple deeply committed to giving back to their community,” Palo Alto Weekly reported.

“Judy and George Marcus, co-owners of Kokkari Restaurant in San Francisco and Evvia in Palo Alto, have volunteered at various organizations together and independently,” Palo Alto Weekly reported, noting that “together, the duo established the International Center for the Arts at San Francisco State University in 2005.”

“George is the founder of Marcus & Millichap, now one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the world,” Palo Alto Weekly reported, adding that “He sits on the board of directors of Millennium Challenge Corporation, UCSF Foundation, CSU Foundation, and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and is an emeritus board member of the Library of Congress Trust Fund and Corporation of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He is the regent emeritus of the University of California and a former California State University Trustee.”

“Judy has dedicated many years to community service, contributing her time and talents to such organizations as Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Cristo Rey San Jose, the Montalvo Arts Center, Breast Cancer Connections, Community Services Agency in Mountain View, and Avenidas,” Palo Alto Weekly reported, adding that the Marcus home “has been the site of countless fundraising events for nonprofit organizations, as well as for presidential and other political candidates.”

“The May 15 garden party honoring all seven of this year’s Lifetimes of Achievement honorees is open to the public,” Palo Alto Weekly reported, noting that “the $85-per-person ticket proceeds will support the nonprofit’s programs for local seniors” and “tickets include appetizers, wine, and music.”

Tickets and additional information are available online: https://www.avenidas.org/.


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