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Living - October 3, 2008

Of note

Anthropologie, retailer of women's apparel and home accessories, donated $3,440 to Buena Vista Auxiliary, which was 10 percent of sales from its grand opening celebration in Blackhawk Plaza. More than 250 women mingled and enjoyed refreshments from Blackhawk Grille, while getting first dibs on Anthropologie's new fall fashions.

"We went to the library to research nonprofits doing important work in Contra Costa County. When we came across the Buena Vista Auxiliary of Assistance League of Diablo Valley, and the Buena Vista Tutorial Program it operates, we were inspired by its impact on the children in this community," said Kelly Becerra, store manager.

The Buena Vista Tutorial Program pairs credentialed teachers with elementary school children who read below grade level, but do not qualify for government-funded assistance. Ninety-five percent of participating children showed significant improvement in their reading skills, self-confidence and self esteem.

"We are thrilled that Anthropologie shares our philosophy of giving back to the local community," said Tracey Bracco, chairwoman of Buena Vista Auxiliary. "The gift will allow more elementary school children to participate in our tutorial program."

Lucy Activewear in Downtown Danville, 402 Railroad Ave., presented proceeds from its Lucy Fundraising Shopping Day in June to Lazarex Cancer Foundation of Danville. Pictured are (l-r) Susan Sappington, chairman of the board, Lazarex Cancer Foundation; Chelsea Horan, store manager of Lucy; and Dana Dornsife, president of Lazarex Cancer Foundation.