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Radio Host, Author and Comedian Brian Copeland to Speak at OICW Breakfast of Champions

Noted Philanthropist and Former California State Senator Becky Morgan To Receive Role Model Award; Guest Appearances by Sports Greats and Comedian Michael Pritchard

Menlo Park, CA, April 25, 2007 --( WHAT: Breakfast of Champions honors graduates of OICW (Opportunities Industrialization Center West) who struggled to “beat the odds” and launch careers despite tremendous obstacles. 800 guests will honor OICW students who overcame barriers like homelessness, lack of education, dependence on public aid, and criminal histories. OICW will be joined by high-profile Silicon Valley business leaders, legendary professional athletes and state/local politicians. Featured elements of the Breakfast include:

OICW Role Model Award presented to Becky Morgan of the Morgan Family Foundation, who is former state senator and President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. This award is given to a community member who exemplifies the ideals for which OICW strives. Past recipients include Warriors Great Al Attles, NFL Hall of Fame Coach Bill Walsh and East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis.

Guest Speaker Brian Copeland, creator of the memoir and solo show, “Not a Genuine Black Man: Or How I Claimed My Piece of Ground in the Lily-White Suburbs”

Paul M. Cook Alumni Award winner Tyrone Ape. Tyrone was in and out of the criminal justice system from the age of 13. He came to OICW to earn his GED and also enrolled in the Project Build program at OICW to learn construction trades. Tyrone is now an apprentice in the carpenters union and is working regularly for a local construction company.

OICW Student Speaker Yvette Lewis Cooper. Yvette is currently enrolled in OICW’s Medical Office Assistant program. Her life fell apart after she unwittingly married a drug addict. She is now completing her externship at the VA Hospital.

Featured speaker Michael Pritchard is a comedian and child advocate.

Student film created by at-risk teenagers from OICW’s School After School for Successful Youth (SASSY) Digital Video Class.

Breakfast of Champions is one of the Peninsula’s most popular annual events and is OICW’s most significant opportunity to inform the local community that life-changing job training, career development and education programs are available at low or no cost.

In addition to those listed above:
--Special Guests
--Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi
--Carolina Hurricanes Defenseman Bret Hedican
--NFL Hall of Fame Players Ronnie Lott, Lynn Swann, and Jim Otto
--Golden State Warriors greats Nate Thurmond and Al Attles
--Media Personality/Community Activist Jan Hutchins
--KTVU’s reporter Rita Williams
--Raychem co-founder Paul M. Cook
--Rose Jacobs Gibson, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
--Sharon Williams, OICW Executive Director
--Bud Colligan, OICW Board Chairman

Early list of event major sponsors: Applied Materials, The Sobrato Foundation, Cisco Systems, Tyco Electronics, Wells Fargo, Hewlett-Packard, Google

Friday, May 4, 2007 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Hyatt Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, California
Individual tickets are available for $60 and tables of ten are $600. Sponsorship opportunities for tables of ten are available with donations from $2,000 to $20,000. The event usually sells out.

Located on the East Palo Alto/Menlo Park border, OICW is an accredited job training and placement center that offers certificate training programs and career development assistance at no cost to students to at least 6,000 unemployed and under-employed people each year. Visit for more information.

Barbara Bellissimo
Director of Development and Marketing
Opportunities Industrialization Center-West, Inc. (OICW)

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