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Q&A : 25 Years of Giving

Founder Elaine Taylor talks about the milestone for The Taylor Family Foundation’s Day in the Park, her $1 million fundraiser for children with HIV, AIDS, and other life-threatening ailments.


By Cody Pickens

Q: Why do you keep doing the Day in the Park fundraiser?

A: What I have found more than anything with these kids is that they are so resilient. They have taught me so much more than I have taught or given them.

Q: And community support for the event is still strong?

A: We have volunteers arm wrestling to see who gets to work the event. The loyalty to us and the desire to help is astounding. I didn’t do this on my own, and I never could have.

Q: Why is the 25th anniversary so special to you?

A: My husband passed away a year and a half ago. This was as much his dream as it was my dream. Knowing the joy he would’ve had knowing we’ve made it to our 25th—that’s what keeps me inspired.

Q: What do you most look forward to at Day in the Park?

A: The camper opening ceremony. I get up and give a speech, but when those kids come in and thank everyone—that’s what it’s all about. It’s about making sure these kids have a fabulous summer.

Day in the Park, August 30, 5555 Arroyo Rd., Livermore, 11:30 a.m., $200, (925) 455-5118, ttff.org.

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