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Publication Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Bud Colligan among finalists for Thomas W. Ford award Bud Colligan among finalists for Thomas W. Ford award (October 16, 2002)

The winner of the $50,000 Thomas W. Ford award for community service will be announced Thursday, October 24, at a Peninsula Community Foundation "celebration of philanthropy" event at 3000 Sand Hill Road.

Among the finalists is Bud Colligan of Menlo Park, a pioneer in information technology and co-founder and chairman of Silicon Valley Community Ventures. Now a partner at Accel Partners in Palo Alto, he co-founded Macromedia in 1992 after working at Apple Computer's Macintosh division. He serves on the board of OICW, a job-training center in Menlo Park, and has contributed to Menlo Park schools as a board member of the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation.

The winner will receive a $50,000 cash grant to be given to the local charitable organization or organizations of the winner's choice. Grants of $10,000 each will be given to the nonprofit designees of the finalists.

The other finalists are: Mary Davey of Los Altos Hills, who co-founded the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and now serves as an elected member of its board; Leonard Ely, a Palo Alto philanthropist and former owner of a Chevrolet auto dealership; former State Sen. Becky Morgan and her husband Jim, the CEO of Applied Materials; and Hans Wolff of Palo Alto, whose involvement with nonprofits ranges from the Children's Health Council to the Tech Museum in San Jose.

The award honors the late Tom Ford of Portola Valley, a philanthropist and major real estate developer. In the mid-1990s, he gave the Peninsula Community Foundation 25 percent ownership of the properties he owned on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

The first award was presented in 1999 to William L. Butler of Woodside for establishing a culture of giving at the general contracting firm in Redwood City that bears his name.

Award selection committee members are: Mr. Butler; Stanford University President John L. Hennessy; See's Candies President Charles N. (Chuck) Huggins; Duncan Matteson, chairman of The Matteson Companies and chairman of the board of Greater Bay Bancorp; Cisco Systems Chairman John Morgridge; and Sharon Williams, executive director of OICW, the Menlo Park-based job-training center.

Committee members planning the event are: Betsy Matteson (chairman), Susan Ford, Pam Huggins, Bren Leisure, Susan Lockwood, Ash McNeely, Linda Meier, Victoria Mendiola, Chrissie Reed, Ellen Rose and Grace Wilbur. Corporate sponsors are See's Candies and Greater Bay Bancorp.

For more information, call the Peninsula Community Foundation at 581-4312.


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