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The Bar Association of San Francisco presents San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco 49ers Foundation with Community Partner Award

Dr. John York and Denise DeBartolo York on hand to accept the award


December 20, 2010 - San Francisco -- The Bar Association of San Francisco recently presented the San Francisco 49ers organization, including the San Francisco 49ers Foundation and Dr. John York and his wife Denise DeBartolo York with its Outstanding Community Partner Award, which recognizes exemplary collaborative partnerships between BASF and outstanding community leaders.

The award was presented to the Yorks at the association’s Annual Luncheon on December 14.

Since 2004, the San Francisco 49ers organization, Foundation, and the Yorks have been true and steadfast partners of BASF’s School-To-College (STC) program. Through the years, the 49er Foundation is directly responsible for—through direct donations and challenging the legal community to match funds—raising more than $200,000 for STC.

The 49er organization and players have provided further support by:

  • Holding rallies at Balboa High School campaigning about the importance of a college education;
  • Attending program fundraisers;
  • Donating memorabilia;
  • Holding private parties for members of the legal community that matched Foundation funds; and
  • Providing free admission for students to 49er home games

In 2006, when the team honored Hall of Famer Jerry Rice at a fundraiser at the Palace Hotel, the STC program was named one of only two beneficiaries of the event. Additionally, Dr. York has attended several of the program’s graduation ceremonies offering words of encouragement and sharing some of his own college experiences.

In the 11 years of STC’s existence, the program has ushered into college hundreds of at-risk youth who, before this program, had little understanding of what college was about or what it would take for them to gain admission. This success is due in no small part to the dedication and support of John, Denise, the San Francisco 49ers organization and foundation.

About School-To-College

BASF’S School-To-College (STC) program is a yearlong high school mentoring and tutoring curriculum that inspires underserved and ethnically diverse students to attend college - an option many of these students never knew existed. The STC program provides guidance, insights and opportunity for student in grades 9-12.

The central focus of STC curriculum is helping the students explore their possible career paths, identifying obstacles they may face, utilizing available services. Students receive individual counseling from a full time coordinator on the best practices of completing the college application and securing financial aid support.

The program exists in two high schools in San Francisco and services over 100 students every year.
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The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8792

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Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104