6th Annual Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause

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West Valley Community Services is proud to present the 6th Annual Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause on Friday, September 16th, 2016 in the Hahn Auditorium at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View!

The Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause Dinner is a unique dining event that challenges well-known chefs in Silicon Valley to prepare a four-course dinner inspired by ingredients found solely in West Valley Community Services' food pantry.

For the Judges' Choice award, each course will be judged for taste, presentation, and creativity by a panel of other well-known chefs.  You and other attendees will cast votes for the Popular Choice award winner!

Bid on dozens of unique silent auction items generously donated by businesses and individuals.


Dorothy Stow

Dorothy met her husband, Darryl, while riding on a school bus in Bakersfield going to high school.  He was earning  money as the bus driver while he was attending community college.  They’ve been riding on the same bus, so to speak, ever since.  Dorothy and Darryl have lived in the same house in Cupertino for the past 50 years.  During that time, they each had careers, raised two children, Douglas and Denise, and found time to actively volunteer in the community.  As a young parent at the age of 25, Dorothy was PTA President at her children’s school in Sacramento.  In 1990, she was part of the task force that successfully passed Measure “T” for the City of Cupertino to purchase Blackberry Farm and the area for the future Sports Center.  A fun tibit:  Dorothy was a graduate of the 2nd graduating class of De Anza College!  While Dorothy and Darryl’s children were in school, Dorothy volunteered in the school library, helped in special education classes, and served as PTA Secretary.  In 1994, Dorothy brought her financial and fundraising skills to the Library Foundation and served on the Advisory Design Team.  She was a founding member of the Cupertino Library Foundation and served as Treasurer and Board Chair.  She was a major fundraiser for building the Cupertino Library that we have today.  Oh, and by the way, she also worked full time for 25 years as an Enrolled Agent (income tax specialist), associated with Tax Mam, Inc., until her retirement in 1995.

In 1997, the Cupertino Courier quoted the CCS Executive Director, Mary Ellen Chell:   “Dorothy Stow doesn’t just live in Cupertino, she LIVES Cupertino!”  At that time Dorothy was Vice President of Finance for the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce, the Treasurer of the Library Foundation,  President of Inner Wheel and Board Chair of  Cupertino Community Services (CCS).  She was honored with the Service to Mankind Award by the Cupertino Sertoma Club in 1997.

Also in 1997, Dorothy and Darryl received the CREST (Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken) Award. Dorothy chaired the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce Art & Wine Festival in 1998.  In 1999, Dorothy and Darryl received the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce’s  Citizens of the Year Award.

Dorothy served on the De Anza Commission for 10 years and during each of those years, worked on the highly successful fundraiser, “Night of Magic”.  The Stows established the Stow Family Scholarship at De Anza College, encouraging educational advancement for struggling single-parents.

Beginning in 1992, Dorothy volunteered to help with the CCS Barbeque, which was the start of her long volunteer commitment to, what is today, West Valley Community Services.  The idea or germ of the West Valley Community Services Office and Vista Village was spearheaded by a core group, lead by Mary Ellen Chell.  Key leaders including, Don Allen, Richard Lowenthal, Steve Andrews, Dorothy and several other dedicated community members embarked on the path to gain the City’s approval, secure the land and resources to plan, develop and open the current complex.  The Stow’s were privileged to be included as initial contributors to the new Vista complex.  Dorothy was a CCS/WVCS Board Member for 12 years, serving as Board Chair in 1997.

Dorothy has created a legacy for the community through commitment, talent, skill and generous resources.

Kay Lohmiller

In San Francisco where Kay was born, she began her life-long career of  volunteering in her church and community, and she hasn’t stopped since.  Kay met her husband, Dick, on a Greyhound bus going on a Gambling trip to Lake Tahoe in 1964.  That bus trip led them to marriage in 1966 and they moved to Cupertino in 1967.

Kay has served as PTA President and School Site Council Member , as well as the Chair of numerous fundraisers at Regnart Elementary, Kennedy and Monta Vista High School. Little known fact:  Kay was soccer coach for 7th and 8th grade girls for 4 years. She served as President of the Music Boosters for several years at Monta Vista, co-chaired and chaperoned for the Fiesta and Holiday Bowl trips for the band in the 80’s, and Committee Chair for Senior All-Night Parties daughter, Kristina, and son, Kurt.  In the community along with her husband, Dick, they worked tirelessly for years in the AYSO Commission.   Before the CREST Awards were created, Kay received the City of Cupertino Volunteer Award in the 1980’s.  As a favor to a friend, Kay agreed to help out with the CCS Barbeque Live and Silent Auction, something she had never done before. She went on to Chair Auctions from 1992 to 2006!  Kay recruited dozens of folks through the years to help with the auctions, many of these people are in the audience tonight.  

Because of Dick’s role as Project Manager for the construction of  the office site and Vista Village (the affordable apartment units adjacent to WVCS Office), both Kay and Dick spent countless hours as the project progressed. Kay says she “felt like they lived there, in the dirt and in all that construction”. Kay has been a member of Inner Wheel, an organization in alignment with Rotary International, for 26 years and has been chair and co-chair for 5 years.  She is an honorary member of The Rotary Club of Cupertino.  For the past several years, Kay has purchased gifts for over 140 special needs children and adults when Rotary sponsors a very special day, “Operation Snowflake”, in December at Via West in Saratoga.  Kay’s husband, Dick, passed away in 2009.  Kay continues to be an active member of St. Joseph Cupertino Parish helping with fundraisers and numerous activities.  She quickly admits that she loves being “Oma”.  She is an active and supportive grandmother to her own three grandchildren, and “Oma” to a larger “chosen” family.

You might say that Kay is our community’s “Energizer Bunny”.  She just keeps on going!


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Laurie and Larry Dean
Debbie and Carl Dellar
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Barbara and Gary Jones

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Valerie and Derek Sanders
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Registration Information

Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause

Friday, September 16, 2016

Computer History Museum
Hahn Auditorium
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043


5:30 pm Reception and Silent Auction begins
6:15 pm Program and Dinner

ticket price:

$150 per person / $1,500 per table of ten

The 6th Annual Chefs of Compassion is now sold out.

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