This year we will be honoring former president of the Oakland Parks and Recreation Board Barry Weiss who passed unexpectedly earlier this year. Barry shepherded the merger of the former Friends organization with the Oakland Parks Coalition, to make this stronger Foundation. He also served Oakland's parks and recreation department for many years. Barry was a tireless advocate for Oakland's parks and children. Funds raised from this years event will go towards the Barry Weiss Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be used to help children from all across Oakland, so that they can enroll in the many programs and camps offered at the City's recreation centers.
In addition, Rue Mapp founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro will also be honored: Outdoor Afro become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!
As well as Stan Dobson, Executive Director and Founder of Oakland Trails: Oakland Trails is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with the mission to promote, and enhance Oakland's wildlands, parks and trails.
So be sure and join us on Thursday, May 4th in honoring these amazing foundations and show your support for the Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation.
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