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December 24, 2010 > Bob Sakai to be honored by Hayward Chamber

Bob Sakai to be honored by Hayward Chamber

Submitted By Susan Ojeda-Cobos

The Hayward Chamber of Commerce announced today the selection of longtime local attorney and community activist Bob Sakai as its Business Person of the Year.

Sakai will be honored by the chamber at its annual gala celebration on Jan. 22, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University Union on the Hayward Campus of California State University, East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. Tickets are on sale now for $100 per person at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce office, 22561 Main St, (510) 537-2424. The RSVP deadline is Dec. 30; the event is expected to be sold out.

Also receiving awards that evening will be additional honorees named last week at the chamber's monthly mixer: Educator of the Year Lisa Davies, principal of Bret Hart Middle School; Police Officer of the Year Michael Carpenter; and Firefighter of the Year Jason Livermore.

"Bob is a Hayward original," said Hayward City Councilman Bill Quirk. "He has worked both in his business and as a volunteer to improve the Hayward community."

Sakai grew up in Hayward, graduating from Tennyson High School, then UC Berkeley and Hastings College of Law. He practiced law with the Hayward firm of Haley, Purchio, Sakai & Smith for 33 years. He has had his own practice since 2008, specializing in zoning and use permit applications. Because of his experience in probate, wills and trusts, he serves as a California state probate referee, a position he was appointed to by the state controller in 1993.

Sakai's contributions as a community volunteer include past service on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America Tres Ranchos District, Japanese American Services of the East Bay, Eden Township Japanese Community Center, Hayward Education Foundation, One Hundred Club of Alameda County, the United Way, and Cal State East Bay Foundation, Inc.

His work with local non-profits included handling the incorporation of cHime-in, the organization that supports music programs in Hayward schools; the PC Clubhouse; and the Hayward-Funabashi Sister City Committee.

As a 27-year member of the Hayward Rotary Club, Sakai has served as president, won the Outstanding Rotarian Award, and headed numerous club philanthropic activities, including presiding over the club's foundation from 2000 to 2006, when it reached $1 million in assets. Sakai presided at the club's meeting Dec. 13 when the foundation dispersed a total of $30,000 in checks over 18 community service organizations.

For more information about the gala, go to the chamber Web site at

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