Mora arrived in Palo Alto a decade ago as a soon-to-be mom. Since then, she has dedicated her time & effort to supporting Palo Alto's unique family-friendly community. She's served as the Executive Director of Blossom Birth and Family, volunteered on local nonprofits boards such as the Mothers Symposium, The Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and The California Avenue Area Business Association. Mora is thrilled to be part of the team throwing the "party of the year", AKA The Black & White Ball, in celebration of Palo Alto's 125th Birthday. Especially since all funds raised by the event directly benefit our town--securing Palo Alto's reputation as the most awesome place to raise a family! Quote: "Join the fun, let's celebrate our town!"
Chara has over a decade of experience running independent events for executives at public companies, venture capital firms, and large fundraisers. Prior to residing in Palo Alto in 2001, Chara spent 6 years in Boston where she worked in Management Consulting. She currently lives in Palo Alto and has two children in the PAUSD school systems. Chara joined the event committee because her work, kids and social life don't keep her busy enough. Quote: "There is something genuinely magical that happens when our community comes together for a shared experience like the Ball. We're making memories that last a lifetime. "
Michelle has lived in Palo Alto for 30 years, during which time she was PTA President at Ohlone School, initiated Family Night Bingo, hosted Pancake Breakfasts, and raised her two boys plus all the neighborhood kids in her own backyard. As if that wasn't enough, Michelle is also recognized as one of the nation’s top Real Estate professionals by The Wall Street Journal. She's honored and thrilled to bring her love for our community and her deep local connections to the 2019 Ball. Quote "I've attended every single Palo Alto Black & White Ball and it's my absolute favorite community event!"
Kristen is an experienced marketing & advertising professional, working with both for-profit and non-profit organizations for 20 years, including the YMCA of Silicon Valley and Parent's Club of Palo Alto & Menlo Park. She's also an award winning copywriter and published blogger on Time.com. Originally from Michigan, Kristen moved to Palo Alto in 2011 with her husband, two kids, and Bob-the-Cat, where she's involved with the PTA at Fairmeadow School, League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, Sister District, R.I.S.E. PAUSD Task Force, and Greenmeadow Community Association. Kristen joined the event committee because her party-planning aspirations go beyond her kid's birthday parties. Quote: "Ain't no party like a Palo Alto party, cause a Palo Alto party don't stop."
The Black & White Ball is organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation (PARF), in partnership with the City of Palo Alto and The Palo Alto Weekly. PARF is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax status. All contributions are fully tax deductible. Our tax identification number is 77-0187810. All proceeds from the Ball directly support PARF in funding a wide range of events and programs in and around the city of Palo Alto.
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