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Building Peaceful Families Announces 2012 Top Community Dads Award Winners

Building Peaceful Families, in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and the Santa Clara County Office of Education, today announced the recipients of this year’s Top Community Dads Award.

San Jose, CA, June 08, 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, today announced the recipients of this year’s Top Community Dads Award. Selected from thousands of prominent Bay Area community leaders, these men were chosen to receive the prestigious award in recognition of their long-standing dedication to their families, and to the children and families of Silicon Valley.

The Top Community Dads Award winners for 2012 are:

* Michael Chang - Vice President, Santa Clara County Board of Education
* Rev. Ben Guerrero - Minister, Maranatha Christian Center
* Richard Konda - Executive Director, Asian Law Alliance
* Honorable Kurt Kumli - Judge, Santa Clara County Superior Court
* Otto Lee - Former Mayor, City of Sunnyvale
* Rev. Jeff Moore II - President, San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP
* Thomas Nazario - Professor of Law & United Nations Inspector
* Bill Pierce - Principal, Alta Vista High School
* Larry Powell - Mental Health Coordinator, Santa Clara County Mental Health Dept.
* Jeff Rosen - District Attorney, Santa Clara County
* Brian Scharlin - Vice President of MidMarket Sales, Foundation
* Mike Wasserman - Santa Clara County Supervisor, District #1

“These exceptional Top Community Dads know that being a committed, responsible, and involved father means far more than being a great dad to their own kids,” comments Sharon Chatman, founder and board chair of Building Peaceful Families. “They have consistently gone above and beyond, reaching out in their communities and serving as positive male role models to other dads and to kids who may not have father figures in their lives.”

The 2012 Top Community Dads will be honored on Friday, June 8th, at the Top Dads Award Luncheon and Wellness Fair, taking place at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel (1740 North First Street, San Jose). Held annually, this event celebrates the positive impact a father/father figure has on his family and the community. A limited number of seats will be available the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis (cost: $50 per person).

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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 survivors 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 For information about the SCCOE Foster Youth Services program, click here.
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