San Jose, CA, March 21, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- 7th Annual Awards Luncheon Honors Women Selflessly Raising Their Grandchildren
Building Peaceful Families (BPF) – a Silicon Valley non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well being of children – today announced that it is seeking nominations for the 7th Annual Golden Grandmothers Award. A Golden Grandmother is a woman who has taken on the role of full-time parent to raise her own grandchildren. The 50 grandmothers selected will be honored at a special awards luncheon on Friday, May 11, 2012.
According to U.S. census data, nearly 300,000 grandparents in California are responsible for meeting the basic needs of their grandchildren, and nearly 10,000 of them reside in Santa Clara County. Golden Grandmothers provide an important alternative to foster care, helping keep brothers and sisters together and families intact. These women are positive role models, not only in the lives of their grandchildren, but also in the community.
“Over the past six years, we have heard incredibly moving stories from the grandchildren who have honored their grandmothers at this event,” said Sharon Chatman, founder and chairman of Building Peaceful Families. “We are proud to have recognized more than 500 of these truly inspirational community heroes, and we look forward to celebrating another 50 amazing women in 2012.”
Nominations for the Golden Grandmothers Award must be received on or before April 6, 2012. Nominees must be a grandmother residing in the Bay Area who is currently raising (or has previously raised) a grandchild/grandchildren. The nomination form is available at www.buildingpeacefulfamilies.org/ggl_nomination.pdf.
The awards luncheon will be held on Friday, May 11th, at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, located at 1740 North First Street in San Jose. The event is open to the public; tickets are available now at www.buildingpeacefulfamilies.org/ggl.html.
About Building Peaceful Families
Building Peaceful Families is a Silicon Valley 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, safety, and well being of children. We do this by educating, honoring, and encouraging kids and their adult role models, and by promoting involved, responsible, and committed parenting. Since 2005, we have offered inspirational programs and events, with a special outreach to children, senior citizens, and survivors of domestic violence. ww.buildingpeacefulfamilies.org