May 16--The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is opening its doors to the community Sunday to celebrate its 37th anniversary and launch its Realize the Dream fundraising campaign, which has the goal of owning its building debt-free.
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. includes a tea for the museum's founders, hands-on sewing activities, behind-the-scenes tours of its collection and an opening reception for the Quilt National biennial juried exhibition. Members are invited for a 1 p.m. walk-through of the exhibition featuring the artists.
The Quilt National exhibit features 48 quilts, including a shibori-dyed "Cenote Azul" by juror Judith Content and quilts made by Bay Area artists Leslie Bixel and Joan Schulze. It'll be on display at the museum at 520 S. First St. through July 20.
Admission to Sunday's event is free. You can get more information at www.sjquiltmuseum.org.
BUILDING PHILANTHROPY: John A. Sobrato might be as well known in Silicon Valley for his philanthropy as his real estate deals, with the Sobrato Family Foundation supporting more than 450 local agencies with some $260 million over the years. So it was no surprise to hear that Warren Buffett had approached Sobrato to sign the Giving Pledge to dedicate half of his estate to charity after his death.
Sobrato, who relayed the story on stage at the San Jose Rotary Club on Wednesday in a conversation with Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone, told Buffett there was just one problem. He and his wife, Sue Sobrato, had decided long ago to leave 100 percent of their estate to charity through their family foundation.
"He said, 'Well, you've still got to sign the pledge,'" Sobrato said, and sign he did, along with his wife and son, John Michael Sobrato.
Sobrato was also asked why he's largely stayed out of politics, unlike some other wealthy valley figures. "We don't feel we need to buy influence," Sobrato said, adding he has and will support candidates who ask for donations.
But if a candidate wants him to sponsor a fundraising event, Sobrato responds by offering to make a donation to the politician's favorite charity instead.
"That normally ends the conversation," he said.
WORDS TO LIVE BY: Brian Adams, vice president of marketing and communications, was driving in downtown San Jose last week when a construction company pickup truck ran a red light and cut him off. "Rather than being angry," Adams said, "I had to be amused by the words painted on the tailgate of the offender's truck: 'Think Safety.'"
Methinks the driver wasn't thinking much at all.
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