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All Smiles at the Annual Summer Picnic hosted by the Gatepath Auxiliary

Cathy Nessier, President, Gatepath Auxiliary Last week, the Gatepath Auxiliary hosted its annual summer picnic at Coyote Point for more than 100 individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities in Gatepath’s adult program, Community Access. Co-chaired by Marianne Guttas and Betsy Grotte, the Auxiliary has been hosting this event for more than 20 years! “We look forward to this event all year long,” said Marianne. Each participant was greeted with smiles from the Auxiliary members, a festive goody bag and enjoyed a variety of activities from bingo to volleyball. Marianne and Betsy are grateful for the support of Auxiliary members who helped organize the event. The dedication to plan the event was well worth the effort. “It makes us happy to see everyone having a memorable time — smiling and having fun!” said Betsy. Auxiliary members brought their husbands, children and grandchildren to help with the event, which included a barbecue lunch, root beer floats, games, a photo booth, temporary tattoos and dancing! “I look forward to the picnic every year because I get to dance with my friends and eat good food,” said Nancy (AKA Princess Nancy), an attendee who participates in Gatepath’s adult program. Coincidently, Nancy’s birthday was the same day as the picnic and she got to celebrate with endless servings of ice cream and socializing with her friends. Nancy said her favorite part of this year’s picnic was winning a friendly competition of ring toss. If you’re interested in volunteering, or being a member of the Gatepath Auxiliary, please let us know by sending an email to... read more

Patrick Dempsey Supports the Disabilities Community at Gatepath’s 10th Annual Power of Possibilities Event

Press ReleaseMarch 5, 2018   Burlingame, CA — Gatepath announces award-winning actor Patrick Dempsey as guest speaker for the 10th Annual Power of Possibilities event on March 8, 2018. Dempsey, best known for his role as neurologist “McDreamy” on the hit television show Grey’s Anatomy, was diagnosed at the age of 12 with a learning disability. In a conversation moderated by ABC TV News Anchor Dion Lim, Dempsey will share how growing up with a learning disability built perseverance and shaped his perspective on life. “You have to keep working. I have never given up,” he said in an interview with Barbara Walters. Dempsey has a personal connection to Gatepath’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included. His philosophy on giving back and paying it forward is that “healthier communities and happier people drive a commitment to the efforts and organizations that positively impact our world.” “We are honored to have Patrick Dempsey join us at our annual Power of Possibilities event,” said Gatepath CEO Bryan Neider. “His personal perspective helps raise awareness about the importance and value of creating a culture of acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of life.” The Power of Possibilities event brings community members together to celebrate the achievements of those with developmental disabilities and to support Gatepath’s mission. Previous attendees have called the event “magical,” “heartwarming,” “empowering.” The Power of Possibilities is known for its notable speakers. Last year, actor Colin Farrell talked about how raising a son with special needs has positively impacted his life.  Glee actress Lauren Potter, former San Francisco 49er... read more

Get you tickets for The Power of Possibilities now!

Ticket sales end Friday, March 6, 2017!  Actor Colin Farrell joins Gatepath at an exclusive dinner event celebrating and supporting people with development disabilities! The Power of Possibilities event is for everyone who wants to create a community where people of all abilities are accepted, respected and included. Previous attendees have called the event “magical,” “heart-warming,” “empowering.” GET TICKETS! This memorable event includes: A Personal and Candid Conversation with Colin Farrell, hosted by esteemed Bay Area news anchor and journalist, Diane Dwyer! Dream Drawing to win one of three fabulous prizes! Social Hour Mix & Mingle with like-minded social entrepreneurs, business and nonprofit leaders. Complimentary wine!  Art Exhibit featuring an eclectic array of creative art therapy pieces available for purchase! Delicious Dining Experience with specially prepared cuisine paired with local fine wines! Live Auction of other amazing prizes, including tickets to the ESPY Awards! Achievement Award Winner Announced Live, recognizing the accomplishments of someone who has faced challenges and ultimately achieved their dreams! The proceeds from this event benefit Gatepath, the largest nonprofit in the Bay Area supporting the hopes and dreams of the children, youth and adults with disabilities. Join us for this unforgettable... read more

Caring Bunny- 3/6

  Caring Bunny provides a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs and their families. When Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (PST) – Add to Calendar Where Stanford Shopping Center – 660 Stanford Shopping Center Palo Alto, CA 94304 To sign up to attend the family event please CLICK... read more

Hearts Smiled at the Valentine’s Day Social!

Smiles and laughter were in the air on February 4 as the EventPath committee held their first social event of the year for Gatepath participants at the Learning and Employment Campus located on Stanton Road in Burlingame.

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