As I sit in my office today, writing this month’s letter and putting the finishing touches on the September issue, I am reminded of the significance of this date, Sept. 11, some 18 years ago.
Like most of you, I remember vividly where I was and what I was doing when the news broke that dreadful morning. Feelings of confusion and disbelief were followed by intense grief, and it was not long before every American realized that our lives were forever changed. Although our brokenheartedness remains, it is the ability to feel sadness that also allows us to feel great joy and to honor and respect the innocent who lost their lives and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice doing their jobs protecting and saving others. Thank you, and know that we will never forget you.
Having empathy for others is one of our community’s strongest assets. Over the last 15-plus years, Lifestyle Magazine has made it part of its mission to provide a voice for individuals and organizations that so generously give to others. Whether through time or donations or holding events, there is no doubt that our community is better off because of the work of so many others. One such organization, FoodLink, strives to provide nutritious, healthy food to children experiencing food insecurity from poverty. This year’s Drive to Feed Kids, held at the International Agri-Center and attended by 250 guests, raised about $120,000 to support the SmartPack program, which serves 900 children per week. For details about the event and how to get involved with FoodLink, be sure and turn to page 56.
On another note, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year is our own Sequoia Symphony Orchestra. Sixty years is a long time, and we are very fortunate to have had access to the music and culturally enriching experience that our symphony provides. On Sept. 7, symphony supporters gathered at the home of Donna and Barry Sommer for the season’s kickoff with a “Moonlight and Music” fundraiser. Let the photos, starting on page 48, tell the story of music, wine, food and generosity that will allow greater access this season, offering a limited number of tickets for the 60-year-ago pricing of only $1.
Closing out this issue amid piles of paperwork, I am reminded of how much I love what I do. No doubt there are some tough moments, tough days, but those are the times that create a greater appreciation of the joy I feel more often than not. Thank you for your continued loyalty and for being the community that always responds when called upon.