Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 10, 2014

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Celebrating Mr. Taylor

A celebration of the life of Barry Taylor will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Camp Arroyo in Livermore. Mr. Taylor, 74, died suddenly of a massive heart attack Nov. 16.

Mr. Taylor, founder of Taylor Made Copy Systems, and his wife Elaine founded the Taylor Family Foundation in 1990 to provide support for the families of Bay Area children fighting AIDS. Today, the foundation facilitates summer and weekend sessions at Camp Arroyo for children living with HIV/AIDS, skin disease, Crohn's and colitis, diabetes, and other significant critical illnesses. More than 3,000 children attend camp each year at no cost to their families.

The public is invited to the celebration of life. For details, visit www.ttff.org or call 455-5118.

Get connected, stay connected

Everyone is invited to the free Make A Difference for Pleasanton Festival 2014. The event is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Pleasanton library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. See a list of the participants at www.CommunityofCharacter.org.

The theme is "Get connected, stay connected, through community involvement," and those who attend will have a chance to sign up on the spot to volunteer. The festival will highlight opportunities for adults, teens and entire families.

The event formerly took place in October to tie in with the national Make A Difference Day, but organizers changed the date to emphasize that doing good deeds should not be limited to one day per year.

Fundraiser tops goal

The fundraising effort for a man beaten and left unconscious outside his home has exceeded its goal.

David Lamont, 51, was found by his wife, Agnes, after confronting teens in the early morning hours of Sept. 21. He was left comatose in the beating.

Longtime family friend Craig Mullins stepped in to help raise money for the family in November, with a fundraising goal of $20,000. As of Jan. 8, Mullins raised $21,605 to help Lamont's wife and two daughters, who have had no money coming in since Lamont's injury.

Police are continuing their investigation. No arrests have been made.

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