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May 20, 2009 > Birdhouse Bash

Birdhouse Bash

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Jerry Fontanares

Many kids go astray for want of proper upbringing. You can help. It's amazing how a little help can nurture a child's life.

Based in Milpitas, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is a beacon of hope to kids who have no one else to look up to. The non-profit organization hosts an annual Birdhouse Bash in which over 90 handcrafted birdhouses and garden items will be auctioned to raise funds to support their work with abused and neglected children.

"In Milpitas, we have students from Sinnott Elementary school building custom birdhouses for this special event" said Communications Manager Jerry Fontanares.

Birdhouse builders will include Ken Rhoads, members of the Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild, Berkeley Rustic Birdhouses and local children, among many others. Different mediums, clay, glass, twigs, different kinds of woods, are used at their creative best.

A wide variety of handcrafted birdhouses, garden and springtime items are created by local artists, designers, and by children will be auctioned to the highest bidders. More than 200 guests will bid on these creative and unique items in both silent and live auctions.

Judge Erica Yew from the Santa Clara dependency system will be the special guest speaker.

The afternoon will also include a special children's activity and a performance by Happy Birds, tight rope walking parrots back for a repeat performance.

Awards will be presented in eight categories including Best of Show, Best Children's Entry, Most Artistic and Wackiest, and Best Architecture.

Child Advocates make a lifelong difference for abused and neglected children by serving as mentors and Court Appointed Special Advocates.

By matching trained community volunteers (Advocates) with foster children, they ensure that the needs and best interests of children in their program are met.

Co-founded in 1986 by Judge Leonard Edwards and a community volunteer, Child Advocates is the only organization appointed by the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Court to represent the needs of neglected children.

Since 1986, the organization has cared for over 15,000 children. "Our Advocates have volunteered over 1.2 million hours," said Fontanares.

Interested sponsors may contact Shobha at (408) 573-5602.

The organization welcomes community volunteers. Applicants should be 21 years or older.

"We do expect one year commitment and the volunteers will go through training in July and attend orientation," said Fontanares. Those interested should contact Jerry Fontanares at (408) 573-5663.

Each year the birdhouse bash receives wonderful reviews from sponsors, birdhouse builders, volunteers and guests alike. The event is open to public and to all age groups.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the day of the event. For additional questions about the event or to purchase tickets contact Shobha (408) 573-5602 or

Birdhouse Bash
Saturday, May 30
2:30 - 5 p.m.
14136 Okanogan Dr., Saratoga
(408) 573-5602

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