On April 24 2010, two days after her Earth Day birthday, family members, friends, teachers and neighbors gathered at Steve and Francoise’s home in San Rafael to remember Sylvia. Three beautiful dwarf citrus trees were donated by the parents of four of Sylvia’s classmates at the Lycee Francais La Perouse in Corte Madera: Marianne Engdall (son Chase), Carmen and John Santore (daughter Giovanna), Sophie and John Cicerone (son Adrian), Cynthia Fantacone (daughter Sophia) and Mohammed Shoostarian and Sherry Ramzi (daughter Tanaaz). Also a fig tree, given by Steve’s fellow board members of Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, was planted over some of Sylvia’s ashes. The event was also a fund-raiser for the Haitian Emergency Relief Fund. Pierre Laboissiere, a leader of the Bay Area Haitian community, Walter Riley, a HERF board member and his wife Barbara Rhine (also law school classmate of Steve’s) spoke. About twenty five hundred dollars were raised for HERF to benefit grassroots organizations in Haiti.
Haiti Fundraiser Photo Gallery