Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy will honor Turner on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the group’s annual conference at Stanford University. He is one of seven people to receive the group’s Community Impact Awards at the BABIP's State of the Race event.
Turner has hosted the annual Keena Turner Golf Tournament for 16 years. He started with a local event at Tracy Golf & Country Club, and the popularity of the benefit, which brings his 49er teammates together with local donors for a day of golf, has grown every year.
Today, Turner is the 49ers’ vice president of football affairs. For the past couple of years, the tournament has been at Ruby Hills Golf Club in Pleasanton, where it drew about 140 golfers this past June.
The money raised this year helped pay for Boys and Girls Club memberships for kids whose families couldn’t afford the usual membership fees but recognized the importance of the after-school programs at the club. Turner has also sponsored a middle-school essay contest that encourages students to consider the importance of education in their lives.
The theme of this year's BABIP conference is “Beyond the Neighborhood: African Americans Competing in the Regional Economy.” It is an all-day event, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Conference Center in San Mateo.
Presenters include Bay Area business, labor and public policy leaders, and the event is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, and Urban Strategies Council.
The gala reception afterward, Celebrating Black Philanthropy, is where Turner and six other community leaders will receive the Community Impact Awards. The reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Stanford University's Black Community Services Center.
Both the conference and the gala reception are open to the public. Tickets are $50 for the conference, $50 for the reception or $90 to attend both. BABIP members pay $75 for the conference and reception.
For information: www.babip2011.eventbrite.com.