Kudos: Filmmaking for kids, changing the world through theater and providing healthcare

DAN DARCY

“These kids and the videos they create are what keep me passionate about the mission and fundraising.”

Occupation: Product marketing manager 

Hometown: San Francisco

Achievement: The president of the board of BayKids, a nonprofit devoted to helping disadvantaged children learn filmmaking, has organized the fund-raising gala “Real Kids, Reel Moments,” being held Sept. 6. at Broadway Studios.

RALPH GORDON 

“With ‘The Black/White Divide in America,’ I have fulfilled a long-held dream to be a published author.”

Occupation: Software sales representative  

Home: Castro Valley

Achievement: The technology marketer who strives to bring people from diverse backgrounds closer together will sign copies of his acclaimed book between 10 a..m. and 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Allen Temple in Oakland. 

MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN

“The only reason to write a play is to change the entire world. And if you use comedy you can get away before people realize what you're doing!”

Occupation: Actor, writer, director

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The San Francisco Mime Troupe member is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the group. The performer, who has lived in San Francisco since age 7, also wrote the stage adaptation of “1984” directed by Tim Robbins.

SARAH JONES

“Working within this organization has given me the opportunity to reach out to people less fortunate than myself and help them with aspects of their lives that I had previously taken for granted in my own.”

Occupation: Vice president, Tanzania Health and Education Mission

Home: Redwood City

Achievement: The 27 year-old and three other women formed Tanzania Health and Education Mission following an exploratory journey to Tanzania in 2007. The team brought with them discarded medical supplies and $7,000 to benefit impoverished communities in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. Today, T.H.E. Mission provides assistance to three clinics and two primary schools as well as awards academic scholarships.

Tons of fun in store at 2008 South Beach Block Party

Looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon Sept. 14? How about at a block party?

South Beach, Mission Bay and Rincon Hill are hosting their bi-annual “non-commercial” block party at South Beach Park, between Pier 40 to McCovey Cove, from noon to 4 p.m.

Among the offerings are everything from music and lawn games to free tours of Franklin Roosevelt’s USS Potomac, aka the “floating White House,” at 12:30 p.m.; donations are encoured.

Other activities inlcude a Wells Fargo historic stagecoach and a $10 after-party Bay cruise at 3:30 p.m. There will even be clowns, balloon animals and a talking police car.

The event’s major sponsors are the nonprofit Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors and Pets Are Wonderful Support.  Many other community groups also are lending a hand.

According to event chair Marty Corresel, the third South Beach, Mission Bay and Rincon Hill Block Party — previous gatherings were in 2004 and 2006 —  “welcomes the Rincon Hill residents, businesses and organizations as part of our fast-growing, dynamic neighborhood.”

For more information, visit www.2008blockparty.com.

 

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