Bob and Joyce Shapiro, who have been recognized repeatedly for their charitable work in Pleasanton, have added another nonprofit to their public service list.
The couple, who were the Pleasanton Weekly's "Couple of the Year" in 2011, just don't stop in their ongoing efforts to help the community and those who live here.
Last week, they were named board members of the ValleyCare Health System' Charitable Foundation. As the fundraising arm of ValleyCare, the foundation is dedicated to keeping quality health care available in the Tri-Valley through its not-for-profit health system.
ValleyCare is not supported by taxes. It is locally owned, and no profits or dividends go to a parent company outside of the area, and it relies on its foundation for financial support. The foundation is separately incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Both Joyce and Bob Shapiro are active in numerous civic, business and nonprofit charities.
"The Shapiro's were met with unanimous support and we hope they will be a new, driving force for charitable foundation," said John Sensiba, chairman of ValleyCare Health System board of directors.
"With the introduction of the Shapiros to the foundation, the board members expressed a renewed energy and excitement about continuing to build the foundation and carrying the ValleyCare message to the community," Sensiba added.
Joyce Shapiro owned and operated the Gingham Corner gift shop for 10 years in downtown Pleasanton and was the first woman Planning Commissioner for eight years. She was chairwoman when Hacienda Business Park was approved, helped to organize the Pleasanton Downtown Association and was its president several times, and she has served as president of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.
She has been the chamber's Leadership Pleasanton program director the past nine years, is a member of the advisory board for the Firehouse Arts Center, and has won numerous awards, including the chamber's Outstanding Citizen's Award, Mayor's Award, Community of Character Award and the state of California Local Hero Award.
Bob Shapiro also has been active in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley. He served on the Chamber of Commerce board for two terms, and also chairman of its Foundation.
He has also served on the boards of directors for the YMCA, the Las Positas College Foundation and Uncle Credit Union. He is an 11-year member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton and, like his wife, has received numerous awards for his community involvement including the city of Pleasanton Mayor's Award, Community of Character Foundation Award, Martin Luther King Jr. Business Legacy Award, and leadership awards from the city of Pleasanton and the chamber.