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AFP Silicon Valley Chapter President Beverly Lenihan named 28th Assembly District 2013 Women of the Year Honoree and Cupertino Citizen of the Year

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2013 (SAN JOSE, Calif.)—The Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter (AFP SVC) President Beverly Lenihan, CFRE, was recently recognized at a luncheon, hosted by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), as one of six outstanding recipients of the 28th Assembly District 2013 Women of the Year Award. The other honorees are: Juliet Tiffany-Morales, Board President of Campbell Union School District; Councilmember Diane McNutt of Los Gatos; Gay Patin Brasher, Teacher at Leland High School in San Jose; Chevonne Johst, Education Leader & Small Business Owner in San Jose; and the Mayor Jill Hunter of Saratoga. Evan Low, Campbell mayor, also facilitated the surprise presentation to each awardee leading up to the luncheon.

"I am proud to acknowledge and commend these committed and inspiring women that are role models in our community," said Assembly member Fong. "These individuals are truly the unsung heroes that demonstrate leadership and dedication to serve our community, and deserve to be recognized by all."

National Women's History Month dates back to 1978, when the principle groups that make up the National Women's History Project began working in affiliation with the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women. In recognition of Women's History Month, each year the state legislature recognizes distinguished women in each Assembly district.

This year Assembly member Fong reached out to community leaders for nominations of exceptional women in the 28th Assembly District. Each honoree received a certificate of recognition by the state legislature.

In addition, Lenihan was chosen by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year. Her award, along with several local and state commendations, was presented at the annual STAR Awards held Friday, March 16th at the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino. Assembly member Fong, and Campbell mayor Evan Low were in attendance, as were other state and local dignitaries. Lenihan  was nominated by Cupertino mayor, Orrin Mahoney, a fellow Rotary colleague and fellow board member for Faith in Action SV Rotating Shelter.

"Servant leadership is what I am about," said Lenihan. "This second half of my life, I am very fortunate to help those in need, and encourage strong leadership in our next generation."

About Assembly member Paul Fong

Assembly member Fong serves as Chair of the Elections and Redistricting Committee and is a member of the Higher Education, Utilities and Commerce, Water, Parks, and Wildlife, and Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committees. Assembly member Fong serves as Chair of the Select Committees on High Technology. He represents Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the areas of Willow Glen, Cambrian, and Almaden Valley of San Jose.

About Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter (AFP SVC) consists of close to 300 members working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. AFP SVC is part of a larger, international organization—the Association of Fundraising Professionals, with over 30,000 members in 197 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. AFP believes that to guarantee human freedom and social creativity, people must have the right to freely and voluntarily form organizations to meet perceived needs, advocate causes, and seek funds to support these activities. AFP Silicon Valley Chapter was chartered January 5, 1985. Follow us at www.afpnet.org

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