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April 16, 2013 > 'Holy Hayward Heroes, Batman!'

'Holy Hayward Heroes, Batman!'

Submitted By Bruce Roberts

Everyone admires heroes. Kids growing up get hooked on them at an early age, as my childhood, mesmerized by Davy Crockett, Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger would prove. Later, Superman dominated the television screen and then Batman, and Spiderman. But while these heroes are great for teaching the concept of heroism, and are alive and well in comics, television and movies, they are all fictional. Real heroes are harder to find.

Unless, of course, you attend the Hayward Education Foundation's Hero Dinner on Tuesday, April 23, at Hayward's Golden Peacock Restaurant and Banquet Hall.

For five years now, the Hayward Education Foundation (H.E.F.) has asked every school in Hayward - public or private - to nominate one person as its hero, someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and job description to enrich the lives of Hayward's students. This person can be a principal, a parent, a teacher, an aide, or a janitor. Last year, one school even nominated a sixth grade student.

Those heroes are then treated, by H.E.F., to a night out with dinner and honored for all their dedication and hard work. This year, in addition, each hero will receive a beautiful plaque from H.E.F., plus certificates of commendation from State Representatives Bill Quirk and Bob Wieckowski. Besides that, friends, family and colleagues, all intent on celebrating the honoree's outstanding performance, will likely accompany each hero. In short, it's a party!

Of course, all this, no matter how worthwhile, costs money. But, the costs of the hall, dinners, and plaques, etc., are being generously funded by several Hayward individuals and businesses. For example, City Councilmen Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno each donated toward this event, as did H.E.F. Board Members Guy Sandoval, Rick Bartholomew, and Hayward School Superintendent Donald Evans. The Perez family, owners of Hayward's Manada Roofing, is also a major contributor to honor the heroes of Hayward schools.

The H.E.F. Hero Dinner fills a huge room with hundreds of people in a feel-good mood, there to support, celebrate, and honor someone who has made a Hayward school a better place to be. And who ultimately benefits here? The students! So, if you would like to attend this joyous community event, dinners for Hero supporters are $25, and you may pay at the door. To RSVP in advance, please call (510) 881-0890, or email:

Come celebrate Hayward's Education Heroes!

Hayward Education Foundation's Hero Dinner
Tuesday, Apr 23
5:30 pm. - 8 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Registration/Cocktail hour
6:15 p.m. Buffet Dinner and Awards Presentation
The Golden Peacock Restaurant
24989 Santa Clara Street, Hayward
(510) 881- 0890 or email:
Online RSVP:

$25 per person/Children under 5 - free
$200 per Table (8 guests)
There is no charge for Hero Award Recipients

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