Danville Express

Living - January 5, 2007

Of note

$10,000 for Down Syndrome

The Knights of Columbus Council 9206, associated with St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon, had a successful charity golf tournament, wine tasting, auction and awards banquet and raised $10,000 for the Down Syndrome Connection of Danville. This group's programs help parents cope with the multitude of special issues that arise from their children's birth and throughout their lives.

Rocking live in Atlanta

Four Alamo youths will be among 25 talented young people traveling to Atlanta, Ga., from Jan. 12-15 to perform at the prestigious Broadway Junior Theatre Festival. Joey Borromeo, Shannon Donley, Hailey Hunger and Dallas Morris are part of a contingent from Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education's Junior Theatre company who will perform scenes from "School House Rock Live!" They will give the show locally in February.

Last year the Civic Arts performers danced away at the festival with the Best Choreography award for their production of "Dear Edwina!" The students raise funds for their trip and welcome donations. Call 943-5846.

"This is such an incredible opportunity for our students," said Junior Theatre director Mina Meehan. "They meet other young performing artists from around the country and have a chance to attend some wonderful seminars in addition to performing their show."

Home Builders collect for those in need

The Home Builders Association of Northern California Women's Council based in San Ramon collected $15,000 in cash and gift cards plus thousands of pounds of food to give to those in need. The Food and Gift Drive is held to mark Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is the week before Thanksgiving.

The collection benefited Shepherd's Gate, Shelter Inc. of Contra Costa County, the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition in Hayward, Mission Solano of Fairfield, and the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County.

Reiser Group promotes Briganti

Reiser Group, an Alamo company specializing in the home building industry, has promoted Steve Briganti to vice president of operations. Briganti joined the Reiser Group in April 2006 as director of operations to oversee corporate operations, information technology and strategic planning. Before that he was corporate vice president and general manager at a division of General Dynamics-Network Systems, and he also has held executive positions at wireless technology start-up, Mobilisa Inc., and serves on the board of Fathom Online Inc.

Before entering commercial business, Briganti commanded a U.S. Navy aviation squadron and ran the Navy's multi-billion dollar global deployment of its Intranet. He served as an advisor to the Secretary of the Navy and was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations. Briganti earned an undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; he holds masters degrees in public policy and was a U.S. Navy Fellow at MIT. He also performed doctorate studies while a Federal Executive Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

The Reiser Group serves builders of residential homes, new subdivisions, urban infill developments, mixed-use projects involving residential, and condominium conversions. Founded in 1999, it has been one of the fastest-growing businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and has recently expanded into Sacramento, Reno and Orange County.


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