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The Power of Possibilities Recognition Event & Luncheon

Friday, October 16, 2015
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sofitel San Francisco Bay
223 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood City, CA 94065
Registration: 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Program: 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

From Home to Hollywood ... Honoring people with disabilities and media’s impact on expanding awareness and promoting inclusion.

POP Cast

The role of media in making the world a more inclusive place is taking center stage these days as we continue to see positive personal stories about individuals with special needs and their families on television and in films. Messages of hope and opportunity continue to grow and bring our goal of “Accept. Respect. Include.” closer to reality for the individuals and families who are served by Gatepath.

On October 16, 2015, you will see The Power of Possibilities firsthand as we celebrate the abilities of those living full and productive lives. This very special event will feature Hollywood actress and author Holly Robinson Peete, and newly discovered film actor David DeSanctis and more!

Holly Robinson Peete, best-known for her acting roles on 21 Jump Street and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, is an actress, author, talk show host, and the voice for her son with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Holly says “I wouldn’t change my son for the world, but I would change the world for my son.” Holly and her husband Rodney Peete, former NFL quarterback, formed the HollyRod Foundation and have become philanthropists and activists for their son and others affected by autism.

David DeSanctis co-starred in Where Hope Grows released earlier this summer. The film won the Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award and was an official selection for the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival. David co-anchored a news program in high school which fueled his interest in acting. Today, David spends his time speaking for non-profits and special needs groups around the country about his personal journey of living with Down syndrome and is actively involved in Special Olympics.

Film director, Chris Dowling, is also joining us for this special event. Chris has a long history of directing, producing and acting, and recently completed a documentary titled Asperger’s Are Us. Olympics and Best Buddies. Where Hope Grows is “An unexpected journey. An unexpected friendship.” and will leave you inspired!

We are honored to have these guests join us to share their personal stories, the importance of inclusion, and the impact Hollywood has on promoting awareness, compassion and acceptance of individuals with special needs and disabilities. Our panel discussion will be moderated by NBC Bay Area's Peggy Bunker!

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors

Title Sponsor

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

Arborwell, Peter Sortwell
Diane Christensen Mason and Charlie Mason
Christensen & Rafferty Fine Jewelry
Hillsborough Auxiliary to Community Gatepath
Dr. Brian and Carol Roach
Jay Gellert 
Jeanne and William Barulich 
Palo Alto Medical Foundation 
Wells Fargo

Bronze Sponsors

Bailard   Boston Private Bank & Trust Company  ■  Carr McClellan PC  D’Elia Construction   Sofitel San Francisco Bay


Media Sponsors

SM Daily Journal kissfm starfm

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Jeanne Berube.

*Kristoffer Polaha will not be attending The Power of Possibilities 2015.


Title Sponsor

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy [LOGO]

Gold Sponsors

Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equipment [LOGO]

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors


Boston Private Bank & Trust Company