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March 15, 2006  

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PALO ALTO – State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) announced today that Paula Uccelli of Redwood City has been named the 11th Senate District’s Woman of the Year.  A true mainstay in her community, Uccelli was chosen because of her tireless efforts to promote education, the arts, and volunteerism.

“Paula is an institution in Redwood City.  She is a vibrant, warm, and wonderful person who has been doing good work for many years,” Simitian said.  “What’s particularly impressive,” said Simitian, “is the range of Paula’s good works.”

“I am very excited to be given this unexpected honor,” Uccelli said after she received the phone call from Simitian.  “When you volunteer or do something in your community that touches your heart, you never anticipate receiving something in return.  This is wonderful.”

Uccelli is a founder of the Sequoia Awards, which recognize outstanding volunteer community service in the greater Redwood City area.  She is the owner of Pete’s Harbor, built by her late husband Pete Uccelli.  She also worked to create Redwood City International, an organization designed to allow Redwood City community members to share their ideas with the world. 

A member of numerous community groups, Uccelli currently serves as a board member of the Kainos Independent Living Center for Developmentally Handicapped Adults.  She is an active supporter of Sequoia Hospital, the San Mateo County Historical Association, Pets In Need, Redwood City and San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce, Peninsula Symphony, Casa de Redwood Senior Home, St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room, the American Heart Association and scholarship programs for the San Mateo County 4-H Club.

“I can’t think of a better choice than Paula Uccelli for Woman of the Year.  Her enthusiasm, generosity and compassion set her apart,” said Redwood City Mayor Barbara Pierce. “We are fortunate to have Paula so actively involved in our community and I join Senator Simitian in celebrating her.”

A native of San Jose and a resident of Redwood City for 47 years, Uccelli is the mother of three children, grandmother of five, and great-grandmother of three.  She will be honored in a formal ceremony on the floor of the State Senate on March 20 at 10:00 AM.  A delegation of over 20 family, friends, and community members will accompany Uccelli to Sacramento for the event.  A small reception will follow at the California State Museum.


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