Austen Warburton Community Service Award
Recipient of Austen Warburton Community Service Award

Joe Bauer is the 2017 Recipient

The Mission City Community Fund is proud to announce that Joe Bauer will be presented with the 2017 Austen Warburton Community Service Award at this year's Annual Dinner (Saturday Night Disco) on November 11, 2017.

Joe Bauer grew up in Santa Clara and has been actively involved in the Santa Clara/Silicon Valley community for the past four decades. Joe was in the first class to attend St. Justin's School, graduating in 1966. He graduated from Archibishop Mitty High School in 1970. While at Mitty, Joe worked on the school "Search" program-a high school retreat program which taught students to give talks and facilitate groups (with adult oversight). Following graduation, Fr. Pete Armstrong, Director of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, asked Joe if he would be interested in serving as county coordinator of the Search Program for Santa Clara County, and subsequently asked him to become director of the Archdiocese - Joe was the youngest director in the nation! He continued in this position for a number of years, while still working at CYO camps in summer. A few years later, Fr. Armstrong asked Joe to take over the Marin County Youth Ministry Office. Joe served in this position until 1979, when board of directors from Santa Clara County asked that he be transferred back to take over Santa Clara County Youth Ministry.

During this time, Joe was also attending various colleges (including St. Joseph's in Los Altos). After graduating in 1980, the Diocese of San Jose was formed and Bishop Pierre DuMaine asked Joe to remain in his position as the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the CYO. Joe continued in this position, ministering to youth in school and at summer retreats, until 1987, at which time, he left the Diocese and worked for two years at St. Mary's Church in Los Gatos. He finally "came home" to St. Justin's in 1989, where he has remained ever since. In 1989, St. Justin's Community Ministry was formalized as parish project, and Fr. Leo Rooney hired Joe to do youth and young adult work, subsequently asking if Joe would supervise the Community Ministry. Joe saw need to expand the program, and began reorganizing and running the Community Ministry. Under his direction, the Community Ministry saw major growth and now provides food, clothing and support services to the most needy in Santa Clara. Food is provided for approximately 2,500 clients per month, with additional clients served during the holiday season. Nearly 30% of those served by the Community Ministry are senior citizens and benefit from monthly outreach dinners, free healthcare items, and gifts for grandchildren during the holiday season. Through Joe's vision and leadership, community compassion and goodwill have been channeled into positive action. Several non-profit organizations and businesses have partnered with Joe in his efforts to serve the homeless and working poor in our community, including the Second Harvest Food Bank, and local retailers such as Target and Lucky stores.

Mission City Community Fund salutes Joe Bauer for his commitment to making Santa Clara a more caring, giving and compassionate community, and congratulate him on being presented with the 2017 Austen Warburton Community Service Award.

The Austen Warburton Community Service Award is presented each year to an individual or organization exemplifying the spirit and character of Mission City Community Fund founder Austen Warburton. An attorney, civic leader, educator, historian, and philanthropist, Warburton's many community contributions are the cornerstone for making our already outstanding community an even better place to live.

Candidates for this award must meet one or more of the following criteria to be nominated:

  • Significant leadership in an area of public service to the community
  • Significant achievement in fundraising for an organization that is dedicated to enriching our quality of life in one of the "Five Focus Areas"
  • Significant achievement in promoting the ideals embodied in the United States Constitution

The award is presented to each year's recipient during the Annual Charity Auction and Dinner Dance held in November. If you know someone deserving of the award, download the Nomination Form.


1991 Emma Kaliterna 2006 Miles Barber
1992 Robert and Glorian Quigley 2007 Ray Gamma
1993 Donald "Manny" Ferguson
and Intel Corporation
2008 Don Von Raesfeld
1994 Rita Kennedy 2009 Larry Fargher
1995 Bea Cunha 2010 Joe & Angie Souza and
Father Paul Locatelli, S. J.
1996 Cleo Stuckrath 2011 John Figueira
1997 Tom Barrett 2012 Jennifer Sparacino
1998 Lorne Smyth 2013 George Delucchi
1999 Jack Going, Jr. 2014 Barbara and Kent Clerk
2000 Jim Lee 2015 Helen and Lloyd Silveira
2001 George Burdick 2016 Jerry Marsalli
2002 Judy Nadler 2017 Joe Bauer
2003 Vern Deto
2004 Paul Perotti
2005 John Mahan

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