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SBCF AWARDS $500,000 GRANT TO THE CITY OF SAN BRUNO TO FUND CENTENNIAL PLAZA IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Board of Directors of the San Bruno Community Foundation has approved a $500,000 strategic grant to the City of San Bruno to support the Centennial Plaza Improvement Project in downtown San Bruno. As part of its efforts to enhance and beautify San Mateo Avenue, the City plans to renovate Centennial Plaza - located at the intersection of San Mateo Avenue and Jenevein Avenue - and create a welcoming gathering space for outdoor dining, entertainment, and community events.

“We believe the Centennial Plaza Improvement Project will provide significant community benefits to the residents of San Bruno, creating a downtown community hub showcasing San Mateo Avenue as a vibrant commercial district and community gathering space,” said Malissa Netane-Jones, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are proud to support the City’s plans to revitalize the downtown area by developing Centennial Plaza. This grant demonstrates the Foundation’s ongoing support for downtown San Bruno as an important economic and cultural neighborhood for the benefit of our community.”

SBCF AWARDS SUPPORTS CITY OF SAN BRUNO'S 2023 COMMUNITY DAY WITH $30,000 GRANT 

On November 2, 2022, the SBCF Board approved a $30,000 strategic grant to the City of San Bruno to support San Bruno’s 2023 Community Day celebration. Scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, June 4, 2023, in conjunction with the San Bruno Lions Club’s annual Posy Parade, the event will be held as a street festival on San Mateo Avenue in downtown San Bruno for the second year in a row and will highlight the community’s rich cultural diversity and local businesses.

“After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the City of San Bruno re-launched Community Day in 2022 as a downtown celebration to great success, and the San Bruno Community Foundation is thrilled to continue its support of this annual community-building event,” said Malissa Netane-Jones, President of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We can’t wait to bring the community together for an afternoon of food, fun, and festivities next June. Community Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the vibrancy of downtown and the many cultures that make San Bruno such a dynamic and welcoming place to live.”   

SBCF AWARDS $35,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT FIELD TRIPS AND ASSEMBLIES AT SAN BRUNO PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOLS

The Board of Directors of the San Bruno Community Foundation has awarded a $35,000 strategic grant to the San Bruno Park School District to support off-campus field trips and on-campus assemblies at all six district schools.  

 

Under the grant, $5,000 is earmarked to support activities at each of the five elementary schools (Belle Air, Allen, John Muir, Portola, and Rollingwood) and $10,000 to support activities at Parkside Intermediate School during the 2022-2023 school year. The goal is to increase enrichment opportunities for students and provide some financial relief for the schools' parent-teacher organizations after two difficult years of the pandemic.

SBCF AWARDS GRANTS TOTALING $290,000 TO SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION IN SAN BRUNO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

On April 4, 2022, the SBCF of Directors approved a two-year extension of its Music Education Strategic Initiative to make music education a hallmark of San Bruno’s public schools. Over the next two school years, the Foundation will make investments totaling $290,000 in the music programs at Parkside Intermediate School and Capuchino High School. 

The new set of music education grants from the San Bruno Community Foundation includes $270,000 to the San Bruno Education Foundation to jump start a new sixth grade music program at Parkside Intermediate School. Under the new program, Parkside sixth graders will be able to enroll in a year-long music class, such as instrumental music, chorus/vocal music, and music exploration, with the goal of sparking a passion for further music instruction in students.  

The Capuchino High School music program will receive a total of $20,000. The grant funds will boost the high school music program by providing funding for transportation and other costs related to performances and competitions, replenishing the instrument supply, and instrumental/vocal sectional coaching. 

UPCOMING BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS

  • November 2, 2022: Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom

  • November 16, 2022: Regular Investment Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m., via Zoom

  • December 7, 2022: Regular Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom

Zoom links are included on the posted meeting agendas.  

2022 ANNUAL REPORT

Download the Foundation's latest Annual Report here.

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2022 CRESTMOOR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED

The San Bruno Community Foundation announced the 2022 recipients of the Crestmoor Neighborhood Memorial Scholarship.  Founded in 2016, the Scholarship provides multi-year college scholarship awards to exceptional San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community.  

 

The 2022 Crestmoor Scholars include Capuchino High School seniors Rawan Alayan, Sabina Beerawi, Myla Brignardello, Adrienne Chen, Raymond Gonzales, Isabella Guzman Quijano, Waine Louie, Raef Makrai, Samantha Paschner, and Mason Rofii, and Skyline College students Isabel Martin and Patricia Mae Sumang (clockwise, starting from top left).

The Foundation will recognize the 2022 Crestmoor Scholars at its June 1 Board meeting, which will be held on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. 

RECREATION AND AQUATIC CENTER GROUNDBREAKING

On August 27, 2021, the SBCF Board of Directors celebrated the beginning of construction of the new Recreation and Aquatic Center in San Bruno City Park. City officials, other dignitaries, and the entire San Bruno community joined the festivities. The Foundation is supporting the facility's construction with grants totaling $50 million.

“When the gas pipeline explosion happened nearly 11 years ago, we said that something good has to come out of this tragedy,” said SBCF Vice President and former San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane. “The San Bruno Community Foundation is proud to provide $50 million in grants to fund the construction of a new Recreation and Aquatic Center in San Bruno City Park, a project identified as a top priority by the San Bruno community. Once built, this facility will forever be one of the most significant legacies of the Foundation.”

The new facility is expected to open to the public in 2023.

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REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

September 9, 2020, marked the ten-year anniversary of the tragedy that struck San Bruno when a high-pressure natural gas pipeline exploded in the city’s Crestmoor neighborhood and transformed our city forever. We remember all those who suffered from the tragedy, especially Lavonne Bullis, Greg Bullis, William Bullis, James Franco, Jacqueline Greig, Janessa Greig, Jessica Morales, and Elizabeth Torres. We also honor this community that continues to come together with resiliency, teamwork, leadership, and commitment to help one another in challenging times such as these.

The City of San Bruno has created a virtual exhibit highlighting what happened the evening of September 9, 2010, the aftermath of the explosion, and the resiliency of the community. In addition to being available online, the exhibit is being shown on a public engagement kiosk, which SBCF funded with a $10,000 grant, in the Earl-Glenview Park

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SBCF SUPPORTS CONSTRUCTION OF THE TANFORAN MEMORIAL WITH $200,000 STRATEGIC GRANT

The Board of Directors of the San Bruno Community Foundation has approved grant funding totaling $200,000 to the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee to be used for the construction of the Tanforan Memorial outside the San Bruno BART station. The Board initially approved a $150,000 grant in June 2021 and increased the grant amount by $50,000, to $200,000, in April 2022.

During World War II, the U.S. Army converted what was then the Tanforan Racetrack – which sat on the site of what is now The Shops at Tanforan – into one of 17 detention centers at which Americans of Japanese ancestry were incarcerated while more permanent internment camps in the inland United States were being built.

Construction of a permanent memorial outside the San Bruno BART station began in mid-February, and the Tanforan Assembly Center Memorial Committee held a well-attended groundbreaking ceremony at the memorial site on February 11, 2022. Key features of the Tanforan Memorial will include a bronze statue of two young girls headed off to be interned, a replica horse stall similar to what the internees lived in, and signs listing the names of the nearly 8,000 people interned there.  

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