Profiles of Excellence (September 2010)

Hosted by ABC7 News Anchor Eric Thomas, "Profiles of Excellence" features five truly impressive individuals.

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Jeanne Rizzo: Our first profile highlights a woman who has stood up as a leader in many communities. Jeanne Rizzo inspires countless people with her passion for breast cancer research, same sex marriage rights, and the arts.
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Martin Waukazoo: Our next profile introduces us to the man at the forefront of the Native American Health Center. With services that beyond Western medicine, Martin Waukazoo is making sure that his community has a place to feel at home.
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Dee Johnson: Our next profile introduces us to an East Bay woman who is tireless in her dedication to helping needy children. Dee Johnson founded the Lend A Hand Foundation thirteen years ago. The goal of the organization still stands today – to enhance the quality of life for the less fortunate.
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Marcela Davison Aviles: Our next profile highlights Marcela Davison Aviles, a woman dedicated to keeping Mexican arts and culture alive in the Bay Area. At San Jose's Mexican Heritage Corporation, Marcela oversees and internationally-renown Mariachi festival, a Mexican dance company, and educational outreach to local families.
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Albert & Anna Wang: Our first profile features a husband and wife team who helped co-found an organization to address a dire need in the community. Anna & Albert Wang have been tireless advocates for people with developmental disabilities and their families. They are an integral part of Friends of Children With Special Needs.
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The Oakland Museum of California is the backdrop of our special program. With almost 2 million objects of art, history, and natural science, the Oakland Museum is home to a broad collection representing the many stories that make up California. Exciting new exhibits are featured in the newly renovated galleries. "Pixar: 25 Years of Animation" highlights the unique work of the Emeryville-based company, providing unprecedented access to the process behind these beloved modern animated movies. Also on exhibit is "The Marvelous Museum: A Project By Mark Dion." It gives a glimpse into some of the Museum's hidden treasures. These and other collections are on display now.
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