Donor Recognition

James Mann Major Donor Celebration
2017 Honorees

On the evening of February 2, 2017, many longtime volunteers gathered at The Terrace Room in Oakland to honor the latest recipients of Lincoln’s James Mann Award. Since 1978, this award, named for Lincoln’s leader from 1957-1975, has annually recognized extraordinary contributions to Lincoln’s work in the community. Mann led Lincoln during its transition from a traditional orphanage to a nationally respected, multi-service organization providing education, mental health and support services.

This year's awardees were Lindy Palfreyman, for her decades of volunteer dedication to Lincoln, the Thomas J. Long Foundation, for their partnership to improve students’ success in school by reducing truancy and chronic absenteeism, and Kaiser Permanente for their corporate partnership to strengthen the health and well-being of kids and families. All three have shown outstanding commitment to the mission of Lincoln and empowering children and families to build strong futures.

Lindy Palfreyman
Volunteer Service Award Honoree
Lindy Palfreyman began volunteering for Lincoln in the 1980s when she joined the Daffodils, a group of East Bay women dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Lincoln. She has dedicated a significant part of her life to volunteering in local communities. From leading holiday projects supporting children at Lincoln during the holidays to chairing the Boutique Committee of the annual Daffodil Fashion Show, Lindy has worked tirelessly over the years in her efforts to support the Daffodils, Lincoln, and children, youth, and families in our communities.

The Thomas J. Long Foundation
Community Service Award Honoree
Since 2003, the Thomas J. Long Foundation has worked in partnership with Lincoln to improve students’ success in school by reducing truancy and chronic absenteeism. With two significant three-year grants, the Foundation is moving the needle for Lincoln's Contra Costa County School Engagement and West Oakland Initiative programs that are helping to improve attendance and change students’ lives.

Kaiser Permanente
Corporate Partner Award Honoree
Since 1991, when Lincoln began electronically tracking gifts, Kaiser has invested over $281,000 in Lincoln programs to disrupt generational cycles of poverty and trauma. From event sponsorship and volunteer engagement to funding investments and in-kind support, Kaiser has been an invaluable partner in our shared goal of improving the well-being of the kids and families we serve. Thanks to Kaiser's most recent investment in our HOPE program at New Highland/RISE elementary school in east Oakland, Lincoln staff has successfully improved outcomes for students and families, and helped teachers more effectively serve and support students. 

Past Honorees

Diane Goodhue - 2015
Pittsburg Unified School District - 2015
Jumoke Hinton Hodge - 2014
Elizabeth Henry - 2014
Dr. Tony Smith - 2012
Lynette Martin - 2012
Mark Freitas - 2011
Wendy Tokuda - 2011
Caroll Proffitt - 2010
Toni Taylor - 2010
Pastor Raymond Lankford - 2010
Judge Trina Thompson - 2009
Barbara Miller - 2009
Margaret Chaffee - 2008
Dick Spees - 2008
Jefferson Hilliard - 2007
The Junior Alliance - 2006
Susan Curry - 2005
“The Breakfast Club”: Shirl Davis, Sonia Davis, Lynette Martin
Wendall Mitchell - 2004
Carolyn Fraser - 2003
Ken Betts - 2002
Susan Spore - 2001
Wendall Mitchell - 2001
Sandra Walker - 2000
Marilyn Stonehouse - 1999
Brad Shadoan - 1998
Kay Hayes - 1997
Elmer & Claribel Shideler - 1996
Redfern English - 1995
Harry & Evon Peshon - 1994
Court Appointed Special Advocates - 1993
Oakland Youth Chorus - 1993
Carolyn Moreland - 1993
Barbara Fitzmaurice - 1992
Cheryl Wilson - 1992
Oakland Police Activities League - 1992
Dorie Gallinatti  - 1991
Carl Ramos - 1991
Carla Betts - 1990
Senator Don Perata - 1989
Evelyn Tucker - 1988
Judge Malcolm Champlin - 1987
Hon. Gail Steele - 1986
Terryl Moreland - 1985
Molly Belle Rojeski - 1984
Morrie Turner - 1983
Violet Feinauer - 1982
Clayton Nordstrom - 1981
Virginia Champlin - 1980
Annie Mae McColluch - 1979
Mrs. George Ellis - 1978