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

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

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!

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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Thanks for Giving

Every year at this time, we magically reflect on the months behind us and the celebrations ahead of
us. We will undoubtedly hear, “I can’t believe how the year flew by!”

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Resale Shop Closed

The Resale Shop is now permenenetly Closed. The shop received the Best Resale Shop award from the City of Burlingame for 2014 and 2015. Louise Agardy advised over the years (2001-2015) and thanks all for the donations of service hours as well as sellable items.

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November 2015, The News from Vicky

The “Power of Possibility” luncheon was a very inspiring event once again. Many of you attended the film screening of “Where Hope Grows” the evening prior to the luncheon, and heard first hand from the co-star David DeSanctis about his personal journey of living with Down syndrome. His positive attitude was infectious for all who were able to hear his story. The story of Holly Robinson Peete’s son with Autism Spectrum Disorder was equally inspiring.

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October 2015, The News Room from Vicky

Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless – Mary Kay Ash Our process for gathering ideas has been inclusive and ideas for both the 2016 Event and for the future of our Resale Shop have been varied. The final decision for both are still pending, as we coordinate with the agency. However, our time for implementation is nearing, so we are looking for those who would like to take leadership roles. Call me with your interest. The Resale Shop Moving Sale was Saturday, the 19th. We had a steady flow of shoppers, but there are still lovely items in the shop for 50% off (except jewelry). Invite your friends and family to shop until October 15th. Thank you, Marie and Louise, for your last Saturday Sale and for the years of managing the shop. The Power of Possibilities Luncheon will be October 16 at 11:00 at the Hotel Sofitel. You have received your invitation and we look forward to having more tables filled with Auxiliary members this year. The Bridge Tournament/Game Day has again sold out. Thank you to Kate, Jeanne, and Sheila for your hard work to prepare for this upcoming event. The auction items are varied and impressive, and everyone will have fun with bridge, lunch, games and shopping and helping. Save the Date for the two upcoming events: Holiday Participant Party on December 1 and the Member Party on January 23, 2016. Thank you to Dawn Parker, Roxie Folsom, Marie Pease, Vivian Salama, Kathy Cook, and Candy Nagare for volunteering to be on the Nominating Committee to select a slate of officers... read more

From Home to Hollywood…Experience The Power of Possibilities

From Home to Hollywood…Experience The Power of Possibilities
The role of media in promoting inclusive atmospheres is taking center stage these days as we continue to see positive results by actors and actresses sharing their personal stories about a family member with special needs. With their message, hope and opportunity continue to grow and bring our goal of “Accept. Respect. Include.” closer to reality for the individuals and families we serve.

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Learning Links Book Drive 2015

We are continuing to collect books for Learning Links which will be presented to the teachers in October. I am very thankful to those who have already donated, but would like to be able to fill up the black Halloween bucket with more used books, that you may have in your home library, or a new book. I know that the teachers will be most appreciative and I also know, from first hand experience, how much the kiddos enjoy reading activities. – Sandra... read more

Bridge Tournament/Game Lunch

  Please download/ print the form by clicking the link below: Final Bridge Invite   Update as of October 02, 2015: The Bridge Tournament on Friday, September 25th, at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club was a happy day of games, shopping, and delicious lunch for 150 plus women. We will have the financial totals for everyone at the October meeting, but in the meantime, I would like to thank all of you who made the day a success. Many who didn’t come sent donations, many came for lunch even though bridge and games were not their thing, and many donated talents, resources, and time to the event itself. I am especially grateful to Kay Lee and Sheila Young who went the extra mile not only with what had been hoped for from them but with abundant encouragement and generosity. Thanks also to Mary Lee Delehanty and the Harvest Cupboard crew, Dan and Bev Stowell (Director and decorator, in that order), to Kris Willig for name tags, and to Dawn Parker and Connie Clark who kept track of all the checks and the participant entries. To thank all of you individually would surely leave someone out… so let it be said, this was another successful many-membered event. Thank you to all who participated, and please thank the many business donors when you frequent their shops. – Kate Breaux and Jeanne... read more

Inside Out Sale August 1st, 2015

*Special Note as of 3-1-16 that the Resale shop is no longer open for business and the Inside & Out Sale no longer takes place at any location. Hillsborough Auxiliary to Community Gatepath still meets for meetings and does other forms of raising mney to support Community Gatepath. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@gatepath.com. Don’t miss this great Summer sale!  Fashion accessories and beyond.  Shop until you drop! We accept Cash, Check and Credit... read more

2015 Board of Directors

2015 Officers President: Vicky King Vice-President: Roxie Folsom Treasurer: Stephanie Stockton Recording Secretary: Carolyn Bunje Corresponding Secretary: Kris Willig     2015 Committee Chairs Off Broadway Betsy Grotte Marianne Guttas Bev Stowell Historian Joyce Molinelli Patti Poindexter Holiday Party Susan Desautels Sara Jungroth     Internet Coordinator Suzanne Sullivan Membership Dawn Parker Bridge/Games Lunch Kate Breaux Jeanne Pope Past President Betsy Grotte Public Relations Colleen Rafferty Provisional Membership Sandra Tilch Resale Shop Louise Agardy Marie Pease Summer Picnic Mickey Bock Sheila Young Diana... read more

Trading Cards- Quentin Rossie

If you attended The Power of Possibilities Recognition Event, you may have seen Quentin Rossie featured on our trading cards where he shared, “I want a real job like my mom and dad so I can feel good about myself and proud of what I can accomplish as an adult with a disability.” Quentin has been with Community Gatepath for several years. He has successfully participated in a variety of Gatepath programs, including training at the Mid-County Learning and Employment Campus, Community Access and CollegePath programs. CollegePath is a new program we piloted last year. CollegePath allowed Gatepath participants to participate in courses at the College of San Mateo. Quentin’s participation in this program allowed him to grow and become more independent. He recently transitioned from CollegePath and now has a job at Uniqlo. We are very proud of Quentin’s achievement in reaching his goal of securing a job in our community! All of his hard work in our training programs prepared him to join the work force. Congratulations, Quentin – we are very proud of... read more


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