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Call for Entries: Top Dads Award Essay Contest

Bay Area kids are encouraged to nominate their father or father figure for the prestigious Top Dads Award by May 25th, 2012.

Campbell, CA, May 17, 2012 --( Building Peaceful Families (BPF), a Silicon Valley non-profit organization – in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara County Office of Education Foster Youth Services – today announced a call for entries for the annual Top Dads Award Essay Contest. Bay Area children ages 5 through 17 are invited to submit essays describing why their father or father figure should be selected for the prestigious Top Dads Award. Essays are due on or before May 25, 2012.

Fifty winning essays will be selected from all entries received. The winners (50 kids and 50 fathers/father figures) will be invited to attend the Top Dads Award Luncheon on June 8, 2012. At the event, four first-place essay writers will receive a grand prize package that includes tickets to a San Francisco 49ers game, a Target gift card, and more.

“We encourage all kids to really think about the important role their father or father figure plays in their life – particularly when it comes to teaching self-respect and respect for others – and then share those thoughts by submitting an essay nominating him for this award,” said Sharon Chatman, founder and chairman of Building Peaceful Families. “We look forward to celebrating the Bay Area’s fifty Top Dads, along with their kids, on June 8th.”

The Top Dads Essay Contest Entry Form, instructions, and more information are available now at Essays must be written by children ages 5 through 17, typed or hand-written, in legible English. Contest prize categories are: ages 5 through 7; ages 8 through 10; ages 11 through 13; and ages 14 through 17. There is no fee to participate, and every young person who submits an essay will receive a Certificate of Excellence.

About the Top Dads Award Luncheon
The Top Dads Award Luncheon is open to the public. Held annually in June, this event celebrates the positive impact a father/father figure has on his family and the community. The festivities include a delicious luncheon, guest speakers, raffle prizes, health and wellness workshop, and more.

Date: Friday, June 8, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Place: San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
1740 North First Street, San Jose
Cost: $50 per person / $500 per table of 10

Tickets are available now. For more information, visit

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 by educating, honoring, and encouraging involved, responsible, and committed parenting. Since 2005, we have offered inspirational programs and events, with a special outreach to children, senior citizens, and victims of domestic violence.

About the San Francisco 49ers Respect Campaign
Each year, the 49ers players, coaches and staff participate in over 130 community activities and events donating over 2,500 hours of volunteer time in the San Francisco Bay Area. Each year, more than 80,000 people are directly impacted by the 49ers community outreach efforts, including over 38,000 children. The Respect Campaign leverages the power of community involvement and its ability to generate public awareness to share the importance of respect and its central role in helping young people become good community citizens. For more information, visit

About the Santa Clara County Office of Education
The SCCOE is a champion of public education, serving as an exemplary regional resource to students, parents, school districts, community agencies and businesses. For additional information, visit
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