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Arnie von Massenhausen '86, Don Blach '85 and Joe Pecoraro '87

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Arnie von Massenhausen '86, Don Blach '85, and Joe Pecoraro '87  enjoy cooking great meals regularly at a local shelter in San Jose.

Four years ago, Arnie von Massenhausen '86, Don Blach '85, and Joe Pecoraro '87 started volunteering at Julian Street, a shelter with Inn Vision in San Jose.

Now they regularly cook dinner for the mentally challenged individuals at this men's shelter.

After shopping for 60 lbs of tri-tip, potatoes, green beans, salad fixings, and ingredients for dessert, they head to downtown San Jose to start cooking. These three alums thoroughly have a great time together as they grill the beef, peel 60 lbs of potatoes, toss the salad and even bake chocolate cakes. As they serve this delicious dinner to their 75 to 100 special guests, they see the men smile and know how much they appreciate this meal. Since this shelter only offers temporary housing, they usually see new faces each time.

After this dinner is complete, they deliver another 50 to 60 dinners to the Inn Vision women and children's shelter. In December, they bring their children along to pass out woolen socks and caps as presents to the residents.

von Massenhausen says, "The standing ovation that we receive is priceless - the smiles and life experiences our children receive cannot be underestimated! It is a great tradition that we hope to continue and grow!"

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