News and updates
December 19, 2016 - Emily joined East Bay Regional Parks District staff members to walk the possible location of a memorial trail in the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.
Summer 2015 - a flower basket donated in Phil's name hanging in downtown Edmonds, WA, where Phil's parents, Fritz and Roberta, reside.
Spring 2015 - Phil was an avid participant of recreation sports; softball, baseball and kickball! His former team is wearing the Foundation tees this season as the team uniform.
March 30, 2015 - Phil is named as a medal awardee of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The Carnegie Hero Fund awards the Carnegie Medal to individuals in the United States and Canada who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Phil was nominated by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. http://www.carnegiehero.org/awardees/#9
January 23, 2015 - a memorial tile was erected at Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton as part of a donation from The Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation to the animal rescue group. Valley Humane Society has worked to save and improve the lives of Tri-Valley companion animals since 1987. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, their programs and services are made possible by the generosity of private donors — they receive no government funds, tax dollars, or money from national humane organizations.
Phil's tile recognizes his love for his own pets, all rescued from local animal groups.
October 9, 2014 – Phil Scholz has been recognized by the Pleasanton Weekly’s Tri-Valley Heroes program, receiving the Courage award. More info: http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2014/10/24/presenting-tri-valley-heroes-2014
October 6, 2014 - Heather Holmes of KTVU TV 2 in Oakland reported on the bench dedication in Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, CA. The newcast can be viewed at http://bit.ly/ZaL9Gh.
September 26, 2014 – Announcement from The Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation
After Phil's passing on January 20, 2014, The Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation was created by friends to collect donations made in Phil's honor. In 2014, the Foundation has made donations to the following organizations in Phil's name:
o The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
- The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter serves more than 4.5 million people in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano counties. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter provides relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in our community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
- The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter recognized Phil as one of their 2014 Act of Courage heroes.
o Valley Humane Society of Pleasanton, CA
- Valley Humane Society (VHS) creates a brighter future for cats and dogs by encouraging and strengthening the bond between people and pets. VHS rescues and rehabilitates companion animals, champions responsible caretaking, shares pets' soothing affections with people in need of comfort, and supports and preserves existing pet-guardian relationships.
- A wall tile will be erected at VHS in Phil's memory.
o Baseball Buddies of San Jose, CA
- This foundation wants to make baseball buddies in countries like Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and just about anywhere in this world who loves baseball. The foundation gathers used and unwanted cleats, gloves, bats, baseballs, and other equipment and ships them to less fortunate children.
The Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation is now focused on fundraising for the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), specifically to support trail building in the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. EBRPD is a system of beautiful public parks and trails throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties on the eastern side of San Francisco Bay. The Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is a 5,271-acre park overlooking Pleasanton and the Livermore Valley to the east.
In 2009, the EBRPD acquired 1,476 acres from the former Tyler Ranch as an expansion to the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. The acreage extends 3.5 miles along the Sunol Ridge and provides sweeping vistas of the South Bay and East Bay. The EBRPD has completed a land use plan for this new acreage and in 2014 began trail development work. To support this project, including converting old ranch roads into multi-use trails, The Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation is striving to raise $122,000 for EBRPD.
For a preview of the park expansion, watch this video produced by Bay Nature Institute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9KT7oc4WcQ
The Philip Scholz Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, IRS Section 170(b)(2)(iii) for both federal and state tax purposes.
July 3, 2014 – Phil has been given the Act of Courage award by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/ca/san-francisco/Red-Cross-Announces-2014-Alameda-County-Heroes
People in the Bay Area make a difference in the lives of others in their communities every day. The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and civic leaders from six counties in the Bay Area are joining together to celebrate everyday heroism, recognizing those individuals whose extraordinary acts of kindness and courage make them heroes.
In his lifetime, Phil donated fourteen pints of blood to the Stanford Blood Center. In his memory, please consider donating blood to the Stanford Blood Center or the American Red Cross (http://bloodcenter.stanford.edu/, http://www.redcross.org/blood).