Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

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, 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, 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.

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 at 08:25 AM PST

An Eagle At 85

An Eagle At 85

It took a family tragedy and a world war to stop George Maher from becoming an Eagle Scout. It took a concerned co-worker, more than sixty years later, to set things right.

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.

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 05:47 PM PDT

SF Banker Goes (Six) Extra Miles For Non Profit Customer

SF Banker Goes (Six) Extra Miles For Non Profit Customer

For Gabriel Speyer, doing good during his 9-5, apparently isn't good enough.

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM PDT

Bay Area Teens Heading To India To Help Country's Poorest Children Learn English

Bay Area Teens Heading To India To Help Country's Poorest Children Learn English

The Bay Area non profit, Home of Hope, has a remarkable history of success helping India's poorest citizens. They are now looking to add another charitable chapter to their story.

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 08:31 AM PDT

Return Of Stolen Therapy Dog Allows Disabled Man To Continue Inspirational Work

Return Of Stolen Therapy Dog Allows Disabled Man To Continue Inspirational Work

When Arthur Renowitzky's stolen therapy dog, Love, was returned last month, it was hailed as good news. The real good news, though, is the work those two are able to continue doing.

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 07:38 AM PDT

Former Pixar Manager Opens Filmmaking Camp, Inspires Girls To Career In Movies

Former Pixar Manager Opens Filmmaking Camp, Inspires Girls To Career In Movies

Esther Pearl says she doesn't want to read another study or report telling her that women are underrepresented in the film industry. She wants to do something about it.

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 01:35 PM PDT

San Jose Retiree's One-Man Crusade Against Litter (2004)

San Jose Retiree's One-Man Crusade Against Litter (2004)

Don Eberhard will do anything to tackle California's litter problem. Well, almost anything. (This story originally aired in 2004)

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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.com