Kudos: Fighting obesity, volunteering and creating art

The Examiner spotlights good people and good work on its daily Kudos page. Here’s a look at Bay Area residents who are serving their community, reaching milestones, making discoveries and celebrating accomplishments.

CHARLIE ENGLE

“By running America, I hope to inspire people nationwide to lived united. By taking action, you can make a difference for the cause you care about.”
Occupation Marathoner; co-founder, Mission Product skincare company
Home Greensboro, N.C.
Achievement  On Saturday, the ultramarathoner will embark from San Francisco City Hall on a grueling run to New York City to increase awareness of childhood obesity and youth fitness, while raising support for United Way of the Bay Area.

MICHAEL LYNCH

“We know — now more than ever — this program helps us provide critical and timely support to nonprofits that could not do it alone.”
Occupation Director of Volunteer & Partnership Management, United Way of the Bay Area
Home  San Francisco
Achievement The organizer is at the helm of this week’s 18th annual Week of Caring, the Bay Area’s largest corporate volunteer event.

LUTHER THIE

“What is most interesting about these gangly monstrosities is that they disappear from our consciousness, invisible by their prevalence.”
Occupation Artist
Home Oakland
Achievement The centerpiece of the artist’s exhibit “Beautiful Eyesores” at the Art Engine Gallery in San Francisco through Oct. 18 is a dramatic installation of a 30-foot utility pole he scavenged from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

Bike ride raises funds for multiple sclerosis research

The Northern California chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is celebrating the 25th year of its Bike MS: Waves to Wine fund-raising ride this weekend.

Cyclists riding from San Francisco to Healdsburg on Saturday and Sunday are estimated to raise $1.5 million for multiple sclerosis research, as well as for programs and services for more than 20,000 Northern Californians living with the disease. 

Bike MS: Waves to Wine, one of the most picturesque charity rides in the country, was once a simple figure-eight course through Sonoma County; today, it’s a major event boasting thousands of participants riding more than 100 miles on Highway 1 through scenic country.

“Over the years we have seen an incredible increase in participation. Five years ago we had 600 riders and this year we anticipate more than 1,600 people will participate,” said David Hartman, president of the Northern California chapter.  “I have cycled or volunteered in Bike MS: Waves to Wine for the last 20 years and I can’t believe how far we’ve come.”

To learn more about event details and other ways to volunteer or support the society, call (800) 344-4867 or visit www.wavestowine.org.

Clinic celebrates 17 years of care

In 1992, doctors William Schwartz and Walter Gaines had a dream — to provide free medical and dental care for low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients. They founded the Samaritan House Free Medical Clinic; with facilities in San Mateo and Redwood City.

The doctors are being honored at the 17th annual Samaritan House Main Event on Saturday at  the Sofitel San Francisco Bay, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.

The theme of the gala fundraiser is “Celebrating Homecoming,” and the $145 ticket price includes a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to the Joe Sharino Band. For  information, call (650) 341-4081.

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