LOCAL PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
opportunities this month.
Your gift to CHILDREN’S
HEALTH COUNCIL helps
remove barriers to learning, providing top-rated
education and therapy
options so children and
teens can become resilient, happy and successful
at home, in school and in
With your financial help,
this year BUCKELE W
supported housing and
suicide prevention, crisis
counseling, family support
and other mental health
services to over 10,000
people in Marin, Sonoma
and Napa counties.
Give to PE TCO
FOUNDATION and sup-
port animal medical care,
spay and neutering and
cancer ressearch, with
the option of making
your donation in honor
of a special person or
Your contribution to the
CAL FUND supports UC
and tutoring and allows
scientists at the university
to continue their advanced
Help school-age children
in need with a tax-deductible donation to MARIN
CHARITABLE, a volun-teer-led organization.
➤ Become a volunteer with Suicide
Prevention and Community Counseling.
Volunteers receive 40 hours of training
that include crisis intervention, telephone counseling and suicide prevention
➤ By purchasing your beef and lamb from
Stemple Creek Ranch, a family-owned
provider of organic, grass-fed meat, you
are supporting carbon farming that fights
climate change and enhances ecosystems.
➤ Share your knowledge and mentor
a young person interested in learning
more about your field. Opening the World
(OTW) is a Marin County program that
introduces at-risk youth ages 16 to 25 to
volunteer, leadership, educational and
cultural experiences in their communities
and abroad. openingtheworld.org
➤ Blood Centers of the Pacific is in
need of all blood types. Schedule an
appointment to donate yours; the local
bloodmobile is at Valley Baptist parking
lot 3 off North San Pedro Road in San
Q & A with
1Why do you think you were selected for the award? Well, that is t wofold. I have created a
gathering place, built with love and an attention to
the community it serves. I put endless hours into the
design of our markets to create a warm, friendly atmosphere where you can socialize with your neighbors.
Also, I am heavily involved in sponsoring community
events and raising money for local schools.
2 What youth events and fundraisers do you par- ticipate in? I started Andy’s Summerfest, an
all-day concert featuring top entertainers from around
the Bay Area that raised approximately $125,000
each year for the San Rafael schools and is now run by
HeadsUp. I have also participated in San Rafael Little
League, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, church
fundraisers, school barbecues and music festivals with
proceeds donated to local schools. You name it — if
asked, we have done it.
3 Future plans for community involvement? I think I am just getting started. Once all three stores are
more established, it will free up some time to focus on
some programs that are important to me. I have my
eye on creating an after-school program where we help
kids who are falling behind in their academics before
they are too far behind and lose confidence.
4 Your support of local youth and their programs is trong. Are you just a kid at heart? Yes, plus it’s
these kinds of programs that kept me from going in the
wrong direction when I was growing up. I believe it’s
not good to have too much idle time as a kid.
5 What do you love the best about Marin? What is there not to love? I also feel really blessed that
my father settled in Marin after World War II when he
could have settled any where in the United States.
6 Marin’s greatest assets? For me, it has always been a place of caring parents and a sense of
belonging to a village. Whenever I travel, I am always
proud to say I am from Marin. The lifelong friendships created growing up in Marin are still present.
To this day I still have many of the same friends from
grade school. The other assets are very obvious: the
mountains, beaches, outdoor activity, good food
and great weather.
Recently named San Rafael’s Citizen
of the Year, Andy Bachich, owner of
three local Andy’s Markets and a longtime city resident, definitely knows a
thing or two about being a supportive
Marinite. BY KIER HOLMES