Martin Luther King Jr. fellowship breakfast set for next week

Community of Character Collaborative now hosting annual event

The 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. fellowship breakfast is set for later this month, with a new host for the event.

The Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative is organizing this year's breakfast -- formerly hosted by the Tri-Valley YMCA -- from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Pleasanton at The Club (7050 Johnson Drive).

"The Community of Character Collaborative was disappointed to learn that the YMCA of the East Bay had decided not to continue the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fellowship breakfast in 2018," Ken Mano, vice president of the collaborative's board, said in a statement. "Because we really wanted this important civic event to continue, we decided to host it this year."

He added, "We are very happy that former Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti will once again serve as the emcee for the event, and we are delighted that PUSD Superintendent David Haglund has agreed to be our keynote speaker."

YMCA of the East Bay branch operations director Kenny Altenburg did not return a request for comment on the organization's decision not to host the breakfast.

The event at the DoubleTree hotel comes one week after the national holiday this Monday, which also would have been Dr. King's 89th birthday. April marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

Along with the keynote address from Haglund, the collaborative will continue the tradition of recognizing community contributions with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy awards.

This year's recipients are Gary Reznick, director of East Bay Volleyball Academy in Pleasanton; Kathy Young and Mony Nop, founders of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance; and the Pleasanton-based software company Workday.

A volleyball player and teacher for over 30 years, Reznick is being honored for "his tireless commitment to incorporating character development into youth sports," according to the Community of Character Collaborative.

Livermore community leaders Kathy Young and Mony Nop joined forces with other nonprofit organization leaders to found the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance to help address the needs of local nonprofits.

Finally, Workday is being recognized for its efforts to make a difference in the Tri-Valley through employee engagement and service.

Tickets to the fellowship breakfast are $40 per person while supplies last. Register online at


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