State Senator Joe Simitian delivers speech at the TeachAids Inaugural Gala
The inaugural TeachAids Gala was held on October 21, 2010, celebrating the one-year anniversary of TeachAids as a nonprofit organization. Sponsored generously by the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel in Palo Alto, over 200 Silicon Valley executives, Stanford academics, and heads of NGOs attended the event to celebrate an evening of achievements and upcoming plans for TeachAids. The evening commenced with a laser art show donated by Mr. Manick Sorcar, an international award-winning animator and laserist, followed by speeches by State Senator Joe Simitian and several of the founding members of TeachAids. The presentations summarized the past year’s milestones and outlined plans for 2011 and beyond.

“What TeachAids is doing is truly an extraordinary undertaking. Any effort of this scope and magnitude requires a good idea and good people to implement it. TeachAids is fortunate to have a great idea and great people to implement it. The challenge that TeachAids has taken on is not a local, regional, or national one. It is truly a global challenge. And I believe that TeachAids has it within its reach to meet and master that global challenge. [...] Country after country, life after life, TeachAids is changing the world.” – Joe Simitian, State Senator, 11th Senate District of California

TeachAids would like to thank our Reception Committee Co-Chairs, the Honorable Anna G. Eshoo, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 14th Congressional District, the Honorable Joe Simitian, State Senator for California’s 11th Senate District, Charles (Chop) Keenan, CEO of Keenan Land Company, and Ms. Elizabeth Dunlevie, for their support. We would also like to thank our Event Co-Chairs, Bethany L. Willbanks, Katy Pose, Payal Sorcar Sutton, Jordan Marxen, and the TeachAids staff for their tireless efforts.

A special thanks goes to all of the companies who donated goods and services to help fully sponsor this event: Alotlikefood Catering & Retail, Andronico’s, Central Catering, The Cheesecake Factory, China China, Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana, J.J. Buckley Fine Wines, Katherine Kennedy Winery, Peninsula Catering & Events, Press Club, Replica Copy, Rifka’s Mediterranean Grill, and Thomas Fogarty Winery.

Photo: State Senator Joe Simitian delivers speech at the TeachAids Inaugural Gala

TeachAids 2010 Inaugural Gala Photo Album

Video of State Senator Joe Simitian’s Speech