BAYCAT Wins 2011 Vineyard Award on National Philanthropy Day

With over 700 people in attendance, BAYCAT was the proud recipient of the 2011 Vineyard award that recognizes a “visionary group that, through passionate staff commitment and the innovative use of volunteers and/or community partnerships, is an inspirational model for other nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and individuals.”

I always like to say, “if it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the entire City to raise a nonprofit, and there are many many stakeholders and supporters who have helped BAYCAT be where it is today.”  We accepted the award on behalf of our students, families, incredible team, Board and supporters who have helped us from our humble beginnings.  I also dedicated and gave the award to Jose Alfaro, BAYCAT’s Production Manager.  Jose embodies our mission by being a successful intern graduate who is now part of BAYCAT’s permanent team.  He’s the first to graduate from college in his family, and has been a mentor, instructor and role model to other youth media producers at BAYCAT.

In addition to joining an impressive group of philanthropists, fundraisers and organizations who are leaders in philanthropy like Dr. Sandra Hernandez of The San Francisco Foundation, William Draper, George Zimmer of The Mens Warehouse, Shartis Friese LLP and Youth Philanthropist, Paddy OBrien, Studio BAYCAT had the opportunity to create the video vignettes of each of the awardees for the award ceremony.  Check out the videos we created:

More videos available in our Vimeo Album.

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