Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 09:35 AM PST

Ex-Google Chef Serving Up Help For Oakland's Needy

Ex-Google Chef Serving Up Help For Oakland's Needy

In spite of what you may think, Chef Peter Callis says working at Oakland's Society of Saint Vincent de Paul isn't all that different from running Google's largest cafe.

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 01:54 PM PST

Santa Rosa 9-Year-Old Chooses Giving Over Getting For His Birthday

Santa Rosa 9-Year-Old Chooses Giving Over Getting For His Birthday

Every year Memphis Roetter's parents ask him if he would like to get presents for his birthday. Every year Memphis tells them he would rather give than receive.

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 09:32 AM PST

The Story Behind Santa Clara Alum's $12M Arts Donation

The Story Behind Santa Clara Alum's $12M Arts Donation

Ed Dowd didn't give a hoot about art for most of his adult life. He was too busy building a real estate empire. So why did he just donate $12 million to Santa Clara University for a new art building? It all has...

Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM PST

Former Students Give Choir Teacher Emotional Musical Tribute

Former Students Give Choir Teacher Emotional Musical Tribute

It is one thing to be told your life mattered. It is another thing to have 150 people sing that message to you in perfect harmony.

Friday, Nov 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM PST

SF Church Helps Elderly Man Achieve Life's Goal

SF Church Helps Elderly Man Achieve Life's Goal

The pinnacle of Roger Creet's academic life sat unseen for 30 years until a caring pastor and her congregation decided to do something about it.

Friday, Oct 18, 2013 at 06:01 AM PDT

"Scarface" to SF State: One Teacher's Remarkable Journey

"Scarface" to SF State: One Teacher's Remarkable Journey

It's only fitting that Michael Santo's story sounds like a movie, because it started with one.

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 07:26 AM PDT

Castro Valley Couple A Turtle-In-Need's Best Friends

Castro Valley Couple A Turtle-In-Need's Best Friends

How many turtles and tortoises live in Gary and Ginger Wilfong's backyard? Your guess is as good as their's.

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 08:55 PM PST

Documenting The Lost Parks Of Northern California

Documenting The Lost Parks Of Northern California

Kristopher Rowberry has counted 27 amusement parks in Northern California that are gone. He wants to make sure they are not forgotten, too.

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 01:16 PM PDT

SJ Amputee Gets Second Chance at Ironman Championship

SJ Amputee Gets Second Chance at Ironman Championship

Jeff Schmidt says not finishing the Kona Ironman in 2012 turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Still, in 2013, he aimed to finish what he started.

Friday, Jan 24, 2014 at 06:35 AM PST

Home Run Hero Raises Money For Boy Mauled By Dogs

Home Run Hero Raises Money For Boy Mauled By Dogs

When Lucas Halstead learned the home run derby he had been invited to was for charity, he knew immediately who he wanted to help.

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Each week NBC Bay Area's Garvin Thomas profiles the people, the groups, and the companies making the Bay Area, and the world, a better place to live. Bay Area Proud stories are success stories; inspiring profiles of those making a positive change in our communities. Do you know someone who we should profile? Contact garvin.thomas.nbc@gmail.com
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