Public Service


Silicon Valley AHU had three very deserving charities in 2010 that we were proud to support.  We were able to receive some media publicity with these charities, and they were all very grateful.  Our first charity was the JW House.  Jan-Willem Knapen, (JW), a sixteen year boy with a malignant brain tumor, was raising money for a house to be built at the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara facility.  He succeeded in raising over $900,000 toward this project, similar to the Ronald McDonald houses, before he passed away.  His mother and siblings were at our September 2005 luncheon when we presented our check for $2,500 to them, and everyone attending was moved to tears.  Kaiser Permanente has donated a half-acre lot at their new Santa Clara facility for the house, and they will also underwrite the operating costs of the facility.  Jan-Willem and his family will not be forgotten.

The second charity that SVAHU sponsored was Capernaum.  The Young Life Capernaum project has been impacting the lives of teens with special needs in the San Jose area since 1980.  A Young Life volunteer leader, Nick Palermo, who encountered twenty-five kids in wheelchairs at Blackford High School, started this project.   He realized that these kids are often isolated and misunderstood by their peers.  Today they reach over 200 disabled youth and create social activities, sports and trips for them to participate in. We donated $2,500 to Capernaum at our 2005 Sales Expo in September.

The last charity that we supported was the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Toy Drive, (formerly called S.C.O.P.E.).  The Sheriffs’ Toy Drive has been one of SVAHU’s favorite charity events for many years.  Our members bring new, unwrapped gifts to our annual Holiday Party in December.  In the past the gifts have been distributed to children whose parents are serving in Iraq, and to children in our area who don’t have parents who can get them gifts for Christmas. This has been one of our most popular and supported charities. We donated over $3,000 in toys to this drive.

Other charities that SVAHU has supported over the years include the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Sacred Heart Church Warm Coats and Blankets Campaign, the American Cancer Society, In Vision, Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Toys for Tots and various disaster relief projects.

Our members, through SVAHU’s charitable endeavors, have touched the lives of many people in our community, and those people have touched our hearts.

Annual Charity Golf Tournament
The Tournament Committee invite you to join us this year. You will not only enjoy great golf and friends, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped others as well. If you have any questions please email