People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is honoring 49ers team Owners Denise and John York for their efforts in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area community, at the PACT annual Leadership Luncheon this Friday, November 13, 2009.
Denise and John York are active leaders of the 49ers Foundation, the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 18th year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them safe, on track and in school. Through the leadership of Denise and John York, the 49ers Foundation has donated more than $8 million over the last seven years to non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Throughout the 49ers 60-year history, the Club has also shared a commitment to its faithful fans and the community. As such, the organization launched a RESPECT Campaign in 2006 to leverage the power of community involvement and its ability to generate public awareness to share the importance of respect and its central role in helping young people become good community citizens. As part of the campaign, members of the 49ers organization take part in a variety of community events to reach out to youth and impart the value of respect in three important areas of their lives: families, schools and communities.
PACT helps everyday people win extraordinary victories for the community, not by speaking for them, but by teaching people how to speak up and take action in the public arena for themselves. Through PACT, people from diverse backgrounds work together to create solutions to some of the most pervasive social problems in our community and country. For over 20 years, PACT has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people throughout Santa Clara County.
The Yorks will be honored along with 49ers alumni Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen, current President and Board Member of All Stars Helping Kids and Alcario and Carmen Castellano, Vice President and President of the Castellano Family Foundation.