Running to beat breast cancer

LORI SHANNON

“At See Jane Run, we strongly believe in supporting the health and welfare of all women through our stores, training, events and community outreach.”

Occupation: President, See Jane Run

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The founder of See Jane Run, which sells athletic apparel and organizes events and training for women, is hosting the fifth See Jane Run Triathlon in Pleasanton on Sept. 27, whose profits will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund.

JONATHAN S. BEREK

“As well as author, patient care provider and administrator, my primary interest is the development of novel therapies and vaccines for cancer and stem cell investigations on ovarian cancer.”

Occupation: Gynecologic oncologist, Stanford University 

Home: Stanford

Achievement: The doctor/professor co-directs the Women’s Cancer Program at Stanford Cancer Center and is on the scientific advisory board for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which is observing Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September.

YURIKO DOI

“Slowness does not mean slow. Slowness should come from intensity and imagination.”

Occupation: Founder, Theatre of Yugen   

Home: Portola Valley

Achievement: In 1978, the artist trained actors in the Japanese theatrical traditions of Noh (masked drama) and Kyogen (stylized comedy). In 1991, her company established itself at NOHspace in San Francisco; today it is led by longtime students Jubilith Moore, Lluis Valls and Libby Zilber.

LAWRENCE RINDER

“Besides their shared affinity for certain formal approaches — such as all-over compositions and precise detail — their work embodies a common spirit of imaginative freedom and intensified awareness.”

Occupation: Director, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The curator put together the “At Home” show at the Lincart gallery, which runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 25 and features rarely seen artists Brian Chippendale, Ajit Chauhan, Dieter Roth, and Franklin Williams.

JUAN GONZALES

“As El Tecolote celebrates 38 years of service to San Francisco's Latino community, it has been a gratifying journey for me personally knowing that the newspaper has continued to champion for the rights of our people and to meet their information needs.”

Occupation: Editor, El Tecolote; journalism teacher

Home: Daly City

Achievement: The founder of El Tecolote bilingual newspaper in 1970 in San Francisco's Mission District has taught journalism since 1970 and is the chairman of the journalism department at City College of San Francisco. He also is project director for “Voices for Justice: The Enduring Legacy of the Latino Press in the U.S.,” a film, companion book and Web site documenting the 200-year history of Latino journalism.

Raitt, Browne headline Seva Foundation anniversary concert 

Has it really been three decades already? Indeed it has, as the charitable Seva Foundation will be holding its star-studded 30th anniversary concert at Oakland's Paramount Theatre on Sept. 27.

Hosted by Seva co-founder Wavy Gravy and featuring Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos and David Crosby and Graham Nash, the event’s proceeds will enable Seva to continue its efforts in building grassroots solution to poverty and disease in affected communities around the world.

Why do rockers always back this organization to the hilt?

“Seva has given so much help to so many thousands of people over the years — it's a wonderful example of love in action,” says Raitt.

Browne supports not only Seva's international efforts, but its programs “here in some of the most impoverished communities in North America, on Native American reservations.”

Tickets are $75 to $125, available at www.ticketmaster.com. VIP tickets are available from the Seva Foundation by calling (510) 845-7382, ext. 332.  For more information visit www.seva.org.

Mortgage program aids first-time home buyers 

The Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County, an organization charged with raising funds to meet critical housing needs in the county, is celebrating its first loan under its “Opening Doors in Our Community” program.

The HEART/Meriwest Credit Union Mortgage program enabled Kelly Semprich and her partner Victoria Longthem — formerly longtime renters in San Francisco — to buy their first home in San Mateo, close to Semprich's job and within walking distance of Caltrain.

“We would not have been able to do this without this program,” Semprich says. “We have the income to afford a monthly mortgage, but did not have the savings for the 10 percent downpayment required by most lenders, and made too much money to qualify for most first-time homebuyer programs.”

For more details about the program, call (408) 363-3451 or visit www.heartofsmc.org/open.

 

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