Bay Area Proud

Bay Area Proud

Inspiring stories of people making a difference

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 05:08 PM PDT

Mother, Autistic Son Create Art Duo

Mother, Autistic Son Create Art Duo

Patti Gay has always seen the beauty in her autistic son, Noah. Now, through an ingenious collaboration, not only can others see it, they can buy a piece of it.

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 01:20 PM PST

High School Basketball Manager Becomes Unlikely Star Of Game

High School Basketball Manager Becomes Unlikely Star Of Game

After four years of quietly helping others shine in the spotlight, Lucas Cortez finally got his shot. And he nailed it.

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM PST

Couple Married 72 Years Gets Wedding They Never Had

Couple Married 72 Years Gets Wedding They Never Had

Jennifer Noble thought it wasn't right that Bob and Mira Graves had been married 72 years but didn't have a single picture from their wedding day. So, she decided to give them photo they never had, by...

Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 at 06:19 PM PST

Sex Trafficking Doc Inspires East Bay Woman To Help Thai Children

Sex Trafficking Doc Inspires East Bay Woman To Help Thai Children

Many non profits end up with documentaries made about them. Rachel Goble's SOLD Project began with one.

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 08:16 AM PST

San Jose Woman's 18-Year Quest Finally Yields Answers

San Jose Woman's 18-Year Quest Finally Yields Answers

When Kim Delevitt saw "Miss Saigon" on Broadway 1992, it reminded her of her own story which commenced an 18-year journey to find the man who helped her escape Vietnam. The plot line of war forever separating a...

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, 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.

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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