Tasting & Auction 2014

Thank You for another great party!

If you missed the fun — or missed out on that auction item — you can still join us in support of the programs and special activities that make our local Middle School and High School even better!

Join the Foundation today with an online donation.

Thank You to our Sponsors!


Rudy & Bev Staedler



SplashWorks - A Kitchen and Bath Gallery


The Zimmermann Family


Cindy Bullock




Coterie Cellars
CalStar Cellars
Comartin Cellars
Lionheart Wines
Muns Vineyard
Bottle Jack Winery
Moniz Family Wines
Joseph George Wines
Clos LaChance
Testarossa Winery

Thank You to Donors
who made gifts of $500 or more!

Yuki Sushi
Connie Oeland
Natalie & Stephen Snyder
GO2 design Studio
Central YMCA
Purple Onion Cafe
Tutoring Club
Toss Designs
Bella Rosa Boutique
She She Shoes
Sports Basement
Bella James
Valley Painting Parties
The Decena Family
Joe Escobar Jewelers
Kelly Telfer Fine Arts
The Lee Family
Mike Formico
Rick Linthicum
Blue Rock BBQ


Santa Clara Valley Brewing
Lincoln Court Brewery
Clandestine Brewing
Firestone Walker Brewing

Big Auction Items:

AlpenStyle European Clothing
R & J Jewelers diamond ring
Academy of Fencing Masters
Dr. Mashouf Orthodontist
Bugs & Butterflies Photography

Thank You to Donors who made
gifts of $200 or more!

Shy Salon
Mike & Sue Lipsey
Steve Bullock
Walker & Bowes
Chateau de Vie B&B & Vineyards
Erin Blodgett – esbe Designs
Lee Anna Botkin
Steve Viegas
Dan Rose
Mary Pontier
Savannah-Channelle Vineyards
Linda Krakow Eaman Photography
Rene Blom
Rockin’ Jump
Details Clothing Store

Helen Venegas – Stella & Dot
Photography by Marian Heinkel
Visual Eyes Optometry
San Jose Giants
Phil Bullock
Oceanic Foot Spa
Active Sports Club
Darren Cross & Melaine Peyton
Elephant Bar
Fitness Evolution
Greg Siehl
Hotel DeAnza
Kash Shoes
Franco Uomo
Lark Creek Blue Restaurant
Tara Kiehle
Shari Rodenberger
Christy Schroeder

Funding Budget Set for 2014-15!

At its opening meeting for the 2014-15 School Year, the Willow Glen Foundation approved a budget allocating $37,000 to promote programs at Willow Glen High School and a matching $37,000 for Willow Glen Middle School.

Your support is critical to support this funding, so our schools can use this money to advance the educational activities for all of our students. You can help in multiple ways:

Dear Friends of Willow Glen Middle School and High School,

2014 Ask Letter picturesDear Friends,

Your generous support has already made a difference in so many ways for Willow Glen’s public high school and middle school. Not surprisingly, here in the capitol of Silicon Valley, one way involves new, innovative, hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses at both schools, creating a unique STEM pathway from middle school to high school – and then to college and career.

When describing these new engineering and science strands, the principals emphasize the impact on students – and they also stress that these programs are only possible because of community support. As Willow Glen High School Principal Kaia Hamilton puts it,

“So much of what we’re doing is a direct result of parents and the community standing up and supporting us. There’s no doubt about it.”

Willow Glen Middle School Principal Shannon McGee concurs and continues,

“We’re excited to bring these engineering programs to our students. It’s a perfect time for them to be exposed to these concepts. They become so engaged and motivated, as they learn new things in new ways that are perfect for them. And teachers are jazzed too – they’re given new tools and techniques, and they’re seeing their students grow by leaps and bounds.”

The Willow Glen Foundation works throughout the year, raising funds to enhance these efforts that inspire, promote, and support academic excellence and cultural enrichment for all students at Willow Glen High School and Willow Glen Middle School.

We are proud of our neighborhood schools, and understand how much our support means to them. That’s why we are asking you to make a gift today. If you have already donated to the Foundation this year, we thank you sincerely and hope that you will be able to augment your initial donation. If you have not donated for a while, now could be
a perfect time

With much appreciation,

Karen Carter

P.S. Please make checks payable to Willow Glen Foundation. Contributions are tax deductible (Tax ID #46-2106211). If your employer matches donations, please provide us with the information needed to maximize your gift.

2013 Tasting … Thank You!

WG Foundation Hits High Mark: $52,000 for Schools

Academic Excellence and Cultural Enrichment at Middle and High Schools

On November 3, the Willow Glen Middle & High School Foundation hosted the 12th annual Tasting fundraiser. The event aimed high to support academic excellence and cultural enrichment at the local public middle and high schools. Thanks to generous support from our community, we’ve surpassed our ambitious $50,000 goal – through a combination of sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auction, surprise gifts, “wine pull,” and a special fund drive.

The silent auction was a huge success, with offerings that ranged from vacations in Hawaii and Arnold, to a tour of Tesla, to creative parties and live entertainment. The event featured wine and beer tasting and the always impressive array of cheeses, appetizers, and desserts; energizing live music; and plenty of socializing.

Attendees included San Jose Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews and School Board member Pam Foley; San Jose City Councilmembers Pierluigi Oliverio and Sam Liccardo; Willow Glen Middle School Principal Shannon McGee and Willow Glen High School Principal Kaia Hamilton; along with more than 300 sponsors, parents, and community members.

Founded in 2000, the Willow Glen Foundation works to develop resources and fund programs that inspire, promote, and support the academic achievement and cultural enrichment of all students. The Foundation is committed to partnering with teachers and staff to prepare students to get the most out of school, and to prepare them for a successful and productive future.