With more than 800 supporters, partners, staff and AmeriCorps members, City Year San José / Silicon Valley celebrated their 20th annual Starry Starry Night to honor Cisco CEO John Chambers. John was presented with the Citizen Leadership Award for his longtime support of City Year. The event was held at the beautiful Menlo Circus Club on October 22, 2014. 

The gala opened with high energy remarks from Sharon Matthews, Board Chair and CEO of eLynx. The evening also included a moving testimony by AmeriCorps Member Kayla Zamora who was also accompanied by one of her students, Eric. Kayla acknowleged Eric for his tremendous improvement throughout the school year, coming from the bottom of the class to surpassing her expectations and more. Eric was not only humble for accepting the acknowlegement, but gave many thanks to Kayla for believing in him. It was an emotional moment that set the tone for the gala. Other performances included talents from AmeriCorps Ernesto Reyes and David Smith, who teamed up to deliver a spoken word / violin piece. 

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