Former President of the Foundation Board Barry Weiss, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Barry shepherded the merger of the former Friends organization with the Oakland Parks Coalition, to make this stronger Foundation. He also served Oakland's Parks and Recreation department for many years. Barry was a tireless advocate for Oakland's parks and children. His kindness, warmth and intelligent spirit will be sorely missed by everyone at the Foundation, OPR, and these communities he selflessly served for decades.
At the request of Barry's wife and family, we have established the Barry Weiss Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund will be used to help children from all across Oakland, so that they can enroll in the many programs and camps offered at the City's recreation centers. Each year, the Foundation helps hundreds of underserved kids in every neighborhood in Oakland. Please consider a donation today to help us with our goal of serving these great kids!