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Kelly O'Lague receives MLK Legacy Award

Original post made by Ken mano, Willow West, on Jan 16, 2023

Dr. Martin Luther King Fellowship Breakfast honors three from the Tri-Vallely
The 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Fellowship Breakfast for the Tri-Valley will be held in person on Monday, January 23rd, 2023 after two years as a virtual event due to Covid.
The breakfast is sponsored by the Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative.
This year’s keynote address will be by Dr. William Nelson, Assistant Superintendent of the Pleasanton Unified School District.


Kelly began her Pleasanton journey as the Executive Director of the Tri-Valley YMCA where she oversaw and built up many of the Y programs to benefit children and families in the Valley. Eventually, she was promoted to Vice President of Youth Development for the YMCA of the East Bay.

Kelly joined the effort to establish the Pleasanton Community of Character Collaborative and was a founding board member. Her passion for helping every child thrive were very much aligned with the work begun by long-time community leader, Juanita Haugen to support and implement good character traits in every aspect of community life.
In 2009, Kelly was asked to serve as the President of the Board leading fundraising efforts and planning of annual awards luncheon and the scholarship selection process.

In 2018, Kelly became CEO at Child Care Links. She shepherded Child Care Links through a period of growth and expansion and re-branded the merged organization to become Hively. Kelly’s longtime dream came true in early 2022 when Hively opened a family resource center, a free store for local families in need where they could access necessary services as well as get diapers, food, clothes and shoes and necessary household goods and furnishings. Under Kelly’s leadership, Hively was recognized by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan as a 2020 California Nonprofit of the Year.

While at the Y, Kelly worked with former Dublin City Mayor Guy Houston to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through an annual fellowship breakfast. The event has become an honored tradition in the Tri-Valley gathering elected officials, community leaders, philanthropists and business leaders who honor Dr. King’s legacy each January.

Recently, Kelly accepted a position as the President and CEO of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette in Portland, Oregon. While Kelly spends most of her time in Portland now, and loves living just a few minutes from her son, daughter-in-law and two adorable grandchildren, she is keeping her residence in Pleasanton and plans to continue to divide her time between the two communities.

The 2023 Legacy award recipients from Livermore and Dublin are:
Ronnie Forbes, founder of One Nation Dream Makers, a food pantry in Livermore and President of the Livermore VFW.
Matt Troiano, co-founder of the annual Tri-Valley Community Thanksgiving Dinner and active leader of the Knights of Columbus.

To Attend the MLK Legacy Breakfast:
Registration is at the Chamber Website:
Cost is $40 per person


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