About the Angel Award

The Kiwanis Angel Award was instituted in 2012 as a community service award to an individual in the Palo Alto area who has had a significant, positive impact on children and youth in our community and beyond. Past winners have been:

Barbara Sih Klausner, Executive Director of DreamCatchers (2015)
Barbara Sih Klausner was the recipient of the 4th Annual Kiwanis Angel Award. She is the Executive Director of DreamCatchers, an organization which provides tutoring, mentoring and guidance to at-risk middle school students in Palo Alto. The program goals and participants work diligently to address the achievement gap.    

Allan Berkowitz, Executive Director of Environmental Volunteers (2014)
Founded in 1972, Environmental Volunteers (The EV) provides hands-on science and nature education through classroom-based programs, summer camps, and the EcoCenter at the Palo Alto Baylands.

Christa Gannon, Christa Gannon, Founder and Executive Director, FLY
(Fresh Lifelines for Youths) (2013)
FLY works to break the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration of teens in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Robert Freeman, Founder and Director of One Dollar for Life (2012)
ODL engages high school students in building schools in developing countries and undertaking related community projects.