As we celebrate graduations, scholarships and the future prospects of our children, let us not forget how fortunate they are to have our caring support. For those who have lost the support of family, community organizations fill the void and offer support to help them achieve and grow. We are all fortunate to have these caring volunteers supporting our neighbors in need.

Rossmoor scholarships awarded

The Rossmoor Scholarship Foundation recently awarded $90,000 in college scholarships to: Acalanes students Elise Peterson-Trujillo and Brianna Wilkinson; College Park: Kelly Andrews, Ethan Ely, Miranda Fenny, Kendall Stuscavage, Karen Tolentino, Taylor Williams, and Raya Zahdeh; DVC: Marghuba Ahmadi; Namuun Crystal Erdenebayar, Mario Eusebio, Karina Gusenkov, Jasmine Lomax, Lisa Morelli, Paul Rivera, Siti Dyannie Rahmaputri, and Jaime Tomasello; Las Lomas: Madeline Dautel, Sam Pingree, and Emma Welden; Northgate: Paulyn Baens, Allan Foster, and Rebecca Hammel; Ygnacio Valley: Sarah Cefalu, Janay James, Luis Rivera; Benjamin Quach, Adrian Racela, and Gerardo Segovia.


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The prestigious Nada Neumann International Relations Award was given to Lauren Hiller from Ygnacio Valley High School, who will attend George Washington University School of Interpreters, in Washington, D.C. Rotary Club of Rossmoor presenter Jophn Rice awarded three scholarships to students chosen from Las Lomas, Northgate, and College Park High Schools.

Special awards were sponsored by individual donors. The Calvin Hagstrom Family Trust Award from Betty Hagstrom and her daughter Corinne Vasquez, was presented to Marghuba Ahmadi and Mario Eusebio, who plan to go into the medical field. Jon Littig presented Siti Dyannie Rahmaputri and Benjamin Quach with the Sylvia Kaplan Community Service Awards, which these students received in addition to their Rossmoor Scholarships.

Aquanuts "Champions" performance

Walnut Creek Aquanuts teams will demonstrate their award-winning style at the Celebration of Champions Synchronized Swimming Exhibition from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at Clarke Memorial Swim Center, 1750 Heather Dr., at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.

Adult tickets are $15 each, and tickets for seniors and children (ages six to 17) are $10. Anyone under 5 years old gets in free. For ticket information visit www.aquanuts.org, or call 925-934-4792.

Help exploited youth

ARM of Care (Art, Recreation, Movement), is a nonprofit agency using creative arts therapies to help restore and empower youths rescued from sex trafficking. Arm of Care President Amy Lynch will receive a check for $500 from the Contra Costa Women's Commission at "Summer's Time," an ARM benefit, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15 in the Walnut Creek Library Oak Room, 1644 N Broadway in Walnut Creek.

Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva, Leah Albright Byrd (founder of Bridget's Dream, named after a victim of sex trafficking in Walnut Creek) and Debra Brown, founder of Pillars of Hope, a new Contra Costa County safe house, will speak. Music, a silent auction, healthy food and beverages from local downtown restaurants will encourage all to enjoy some time together while learning about a difficult topic in our community.

Tickets are $10 per person and $25 per family. RSVP to amy@armofcare.net or call 925-623-4696 or http://armofcare.webs.com. *Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, it is not recommended for those under 14.

Foster a Dream

Foster a Dream founder Lori Cohee, its Executive Director Kim Castaneda and Program Director Tamara Earl lead the "Dream Team" of dedicated community volunteers and mentors to support the success of foster youth from their offices at 628 Escobar St. in Martinez.

This spring, 20 foster youths were awarded scholarships to pursue their education in community college, a four-year university or vocational school, provided by Shell Refinery, Valero Refinery, the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and other individual donors.

The "GetSet" summer camp begins June 17, offering foster youth aged 16-21 an opportunity to meet with business professionals who volunteer to help them with resume writing, job interviewing skills and other helpful advice.

The Dream Shop opens at their offices each spring loaded with new clothing, shoes, toys and necessities for foster children, aided by volunteer shoppers. High School senior foster youth received free senior portraits thanks to Photography by Alex. For information about how you or your organization can help, visit www.fosteradream.org.

Books for the Barrios

Books for the Barrios founders Dan, (a retired U.S. Naval Pilot) and wife Nancy (a retired schoolteacher) Harrington, welcome book donations at their headquarters from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday at 2350 Whitman Rd. Ste. D in Concord. Partnered with American military forward deployed units and the Philippine Department of Education, they helped build over 10,000 libraries around the world. You can help, too! Visit www.booksforthebarrios.org.

Vintage Fashion Show and Luncheon

Central County Homeless Outreach will receive proceeds from a Vintage Fashion Show and Luncheon at noon, June 22, 6 Robinsdale Road in Martinez.

The menu and formal setting will be right out of the 50s, the tables will be set with linens and china. Guests are encouraged to wear 50s and 60s elegance -- think Audrey Hepburn, hats and gloves.

Many of the vintage garments are being provided by Cindy Vorte at Alley Cats in Martinez. Music by Eddie Toganon. $25 per person. For reservations call 925-228-2233. Sounds like lots of fun for a great cause!

Girl Scout Shoe Box Drive

Special thanks to Troop No. 30468 and the families of Northcreek Academy who collected 212 pairs of shoes and raised approximately $100 for Contra Costa High School to help save the lives of animals in Contra Costa County.

50 Years as choral director

Celebrating 50 years as a choral director of local and Bay Area choruses, Dolores Mendenhall will be honored at "Afterglow Without a Show' from 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at the Rossmoor Hillside Clubhouse, 3400 Lower Golden Rain Road in Walnut Creek.

"Good Neighbors" is compiled by Faith Barnidge. Send club and organization news, Scouting items, notices of awards and other submissions to goodneighbors@bayareanewsgroup.com.