Mercury News readers have once again responded generously to the annual entreaty to help their neighbors in need as told in the Wish Book stories that ran in the paper this past holiday season.
More than 1,300 readers have donated $360,000 to Wish Book since Thanksgiving, when the first of 24 stories about local people and organizations in need was published. All of the stories can be found online at www.mercurynews.info/wishbook.
Readers may still make a tax-deductible donation on the website or contribute by sending a check to: Wish Book Fund, c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View CA 94040.
Since 1983, Mercury News readers have helped the needy in Silicon Valley and surrounding counties through Wish Book. Over the years, more than $7.5 million has been distributed, paying for everything from specialized wheelchairs to nutritious meals to books for children.
The following is a partial list of Wish Book donors:
Sara Abraham; Sophia Abramson; I. C. Adams; Diane Albertson; Audrey Alonis; Roberta Archibald.
Jack & Gloria Barone in honor of Austin Barone; Helen Battad; John & Linda Bauer; Dan Bellaire; Gene & Genie Bernardini; Adam Berry; Brendan Best in honor of Christopher Oreglia; Molly Best; Nolan Best; Phyllis Bigelow; Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Billings; Jennifer Bixby; Bruce Blackfield; The Blackie Family; Madeline Blackwood; Daniel & Marion Bourbon in honor of Katie & Louie; Aaron Brady; Christian Bremeau in honor of Richard Lauth; Karen Brieger in honor of Steve Brieger; Stephen Brink; Lisa Buckingham; Glen Buschbaum.
Capitol Dance Company in honor of Chip Fields; Cindy Carr in honor of Cala, Vince; Florentino & Victoria Carreno in memory of Michael Douglas Thacker; Mary Beth Chambless in honor of Marcella Gaffney; Marlene Chan; Herbert Chang; Larry Cherniss in honor of Ryan Cherniss; G. Cho in honor of my family; David Christy in honor of Helen Christy; Edmund & Sharon Chu in honor of Martha Winzeler; Mrs. Elizabeth Cilker; Margaret Clear in honor of Elisa Tapiarene & Holden Saucedo; David Cohen; MaryJane Collins in honor of David Gatesy; Ms. Chrysanthy Conomos in honor of Elias Garcia; Lawrence & Darlene Cormier in honor of Bill Cormier; Jon & Anne Cross; Ms. Patricia L. Curia; Sara Cyl-Champlin.
Angela Dausman; Ann Davidson in honor of Karen dé Sá; James Davidson; Herbert & Donne Davis in memory of Marilyn Langer; Shirley De Martis in honor of Phil De Martis; Russell & Deborah Dean in honor of George & Onnolee Larson; Peter & Elise di Donato; Don & Cathy Draper; Norman & Michelle Dulleck in honor of Troy Dulleck.
The Eberly Family; Norman Ebersole; Kelly Emo in honor of Diane Nichols; Bruce & Karen Eshleman.
Colette Farabaugh; Janet Farabaugh; Grandpa Ron & Grandma Linda Farr in honor of Christian & Athena; Janet Fee; G. & L. Feeney; John Fensterwald; Bryan & Jan Ferguson; Robert Fernandez in honor of Michael & Thomas Fernandez; Robert Fernandez in honor of Sibyl & Dan Evans; Guy Ferrante; Bruce Fisher; Martin & Barbara Fishman; Jeff Forster in honor of Frieda & Julian Forster; Clyde & Margie Fraiser; Mike Frankel; Mary Ellen Fredrickson in honor of Earl Fredrickson.
Mary Anne & Steve Gabay; Richard Galli in honor of Peggy; Janis Gerlinger in honor of her parents Joe & Chartley Calder; Sarbajit Ghosal in honor of Ranjit Ghosal; Sashikala Obilisetty & Mahesh Girkar in honor of Girkar Obilisetty Family; Robert Goldberg; Shelley Gould in honor of Doris, Arnold & Neal Gould; Nancy Grippo; Jean Gryc; Alberto Gurevich; Leena Guttal in honor of my parents.
David Hackel; Paul & Rene Halpern in memory of Kiki Crisalli & Barbara Juhl; Fred & Kat Hanes in honor of Meg & Jim Buckley; Kirby Hansen in honor of Matt Axelson; Wendy Hansen in honor of Annika & Kai Donez; Cindy Hauser in honor of Al Hauser; Lee Heathorn; John Heineke; Natalie Heling in honor of Linda & Stephen Buckley, & Lois & Steve Smallwood; Donna Henderson in honor of John C. & John M. Henderson; Margo Heran; Dexter Hermstad; Elaine Hikido; Joni Holland in honor of John Ellis; Maria Franco Hongo in honor of Joao Franco; Mark Hsieh; Paul Hsieh; Shelley Huber in honor of Barb Fairhurst; Pat Hughes in honor of Colleen Hughes; Ardon A. Huseby in honor of Paul Pavon; Sandra Hussey in honor of Walter & June Hussey.
Peyton Ikeda in honor of Masako Nishimura; Tamar Jacobs; Lori Jedda in honor of Max & Chris Jedda; Berget Jelane in honor of Doug Lanes; Kathleen Johnson in honor of Eugene Johnson; Maureen Johnston; Ms. Anne Johnston; Rebekah Johnson; Jane Jordan; Karen Judge in honor of Sharon Forster.
Mason & Carol Kamita in honor of Ryan; Paul Kaneko; Bob & Pat Kassawara; David & Karen Keefer; Michael Kennedy in honor of Major Dick Winters -- 101st Airborne; Brian Kim in honor of Sarah Kim; Helen Kimura; Karl & Judith Kinker in honor of the Ring Family; Barbara Kirby; Howard & Celeste Kitagawa; Steve Kohler; Sara Kole in honor of James William Batek; Ann Kopischke; William J. Kozlovsky; Wanda Kownacki; Sreenivas Krishnan; Reshma Kulkarni.
Skip & Alicia La Fetra; Linda Lamb; Barbara LaPlante; Veronica Lara; Merijane Lee; Michele Lew in honor of Senait Abraha; Susan Lewis in honor of Grandma & Grandpa Lewis; George & Thelma Lie; Han Lie; Angeline Lim in honor of Everett & Ansel Jou; Gloria Rowan Lim and Kristine Lim in honor of our grandsons Caleb & Logan Cabero; Marilyn Loomis; Frances W. Love.
Anthony & Marjorie Ma in honor of Anthony Ma; Virginia Maldonado; Malia-Thuener Family; Mr. Milton Mallory & Ms. Mary Artibee in honor of Sarah Ann & Brian Badenoch; Kathy Marchand; Rich & Ruth Max; Dena McFarland; Tom, Patti & Duncan McRae; Paula Meier; Robert & Patricia Meyer in honor of Alice Meyer; John G. Miller; Kathy Miller in honor of Elizabeth Lennert; Judith Milton; Scott W. Mitchell; Kathleen Moe; Barbara Morrey; Jane Moses in honor of Linda Sue Moses; The Mosse Family; Stephen & Carol Murata in honor of Matt Axelson; Debra Murphy; Ms. Jennie Murphy.
Maria Nardi-Leon in honor of Ada Ryan; Dick & Mary Nelson; Hang Nguyen in honor of Sophia Ngo; Jane Odell & Steve Jenks in memory of Kathleen Cunningham.
Wendy Page; Alice Palmer in honor of Erik Andersen; Rajiv Patel; James E. & Lorraine Peterson; John & Elise Phelan in honor of John & Anjel Phelan; John & Elise Phelan in honor of Justin, Malali & Keira Phelan; John & Lee Pierce; Shivkumar V. Pingali; Adam Piper; Anne C. Pound; Sean Powers.
Laverne Randall in honor of Robert Randall; Ann & Don Rathjen; Maureen Reagan in honor of Joseph B. Reagan; Barbara Reale in honor of Joseph Reale; Will & Maura Rees; Martin & Christine Reich in honor of John T. Fitzgerald, M.D.; Harold & Susan Reichstein; Paul Rekieta; Stacy Renteria in honor of Maude Hawkins Maggini; Paige Riveron in honor of Jennifer Lynne Harms; George & Barbara Rix; Coynne & Rick Robbins; Mari Lu Robbins in honor of Mark Nigro; Matt & Heather Robbins; Bert Robinson; Bill Roeschlein; Rouleau Orthodontics; Philip Roybal; Nancy Rubio; Timothy & Corinne Ruschin in honor of 14 grandchildren with blessings.; Deborah Ryan in honor of Robert R. Ryan & Brenda Devore.
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Sampson in honor of Christopher Sampson; Mrs. Michael San Felipe in memory of Joe San Felipe, III; Peggy & Jesse Sanchez; Norma Schmitz in honor of Ida Ruffino Schmitz; Ms. Mary Kay Segal; Barbara Schallau; Katherine Shariq in honor of Florence Bowen; Anders Gustav Sharvey; Nirav Sheth in honor of Hriday & Prisha; Genny Smith; Joyce Smith in honor of my Harbor High students; Aida Soriano in honor of Simeon F. Navarro; Richard & Lisa South in honor of Sue & Tom New and in memory of Andrew Sugiyama; Rupa Srivastava; Connie Stanley; Russell Steinweg in honor of Sol Carson; Daniel & Venette Stephens; Treve Stephenson; Doug & Kathy Stevens in honor of Jennifer Sullivan; Lee Stone; Jim Stuhlbarg; Anne Sutherland; Kirk Swedenborg.
Mary Tabor in honor of Barbara Duke; Cindy Tacci in honor of Mark, Bonita & Vanessa Thompson; Amanuel Tecle; Mary Margaret Teel; Mark & Betsey Templeton; Scott Thuerk in honor of Ron & Kathie Chesnut; Scott Thuerk in honor of Sherry Douglas; Lee & Merry Tomasello; Colleen Tresaden in memory of Etta Tresaden; Karen Trydahl in honor of Claude Hughes; Carol Tsuchiya; Miyuki Tsugaya in honor of Ryozo Tsugaya; Moira & Andy Turner.
Jacob Urbassik; Ayden Van den Berg in honor of Tobie Schweizer; Patti Van Der Burg; Georgina Van Horn in honor of Richard Van Horn; Robina & Tony Vandersteen in honor of mum & dad; Radhika Vemireddy; Laurel Verissimo; Victor & Bonnie Vierra in honor of Patricia Van Wagoner; Kurt & Barb Voester; Ronald & Ingrid Voss.
Matson Wade; Richard & Thelma Wanter in honor of Richard & Aleene Wanter; Lenore Weimer in honor of Dave J. Sheperla; Linda Pelton Weinstein; Harriet Weiss; Jack Wells; Jack & Pearl Wiedlin in honor of Rick Takemoto; Gregory Williams in honor of Thea Chang; Bryan Wilson; David & Janet Wilson; William Wilson & Charlotte Baker-Wilson in honor of Fred & Margaret Baker; David Winters; Dave & Joanna Wishner; Whitey & Barbara Wright in honor of their 10 grandchildren; Betty Wyren in honor of Israel Gray.
Judy Yang in honor of Mrs. Grace Lin Su; Henry & Karen Yee; Martin Yee in honor of Sabrina Villanueva Avalos; Simret Yigzaw in honor of Aaron.
Kate Zablocki in honor of Fiddler; Steve & Elizabeth Zientek in honor of Aidan Harrington; Loris Zimmerman.
Questions or comments about Wish Book stories may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call coordinator Leigh Poitinger at (408) 920-5972.
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