Sue Bergtholdt and Grace Longinotti


Reprinted from Evergreen

 “I first met Grace many years ago when she was working at the Almaden pharmacy where her husband was my parents’ pharmacist,” said Sue Bergtholdt, Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] Los Gatos branch parliamentarian. “I met Grace again at the Unicorn Thrift Shop where she’s done a tremendous amount of volunteer work. She started volunteering there in 1993 when they were planning the store and served as many different officers.” The Los Gatos Branch of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored Grace Longinotti for community service at the Terraces in Los Gatos on Jan. 7. Community service Longinotti, whose involvement in volunteering started long before the inception of the Unicorn Thrift Shop, was among several Almaden residents contacted by Eastfield Ming Quong Children & Family Services. The private nonprofit annually helps almost 7,000 children and their family members every year. EMQ is a leading provider of mental health and social services for troubled children and their families in California. “Every time I pick up the Almaden Times, I read articles about Grace giving money to EMQ,” said Bergtholdt during the presentation of a DAR certificate and community service pin. “A check for $35,000, another for $60,000. The store raises tremendous amounts of money for a very valuable cause. Thank you Grace for all your many years of dedicated volunteering.” In 2006, the Unicorn Thrift Shop reached a pinnacle with $1 million donated to EMQ. “We’re working on our second million now,” said Longinotti. “We’re always looking for donations and new members. It’s a great cause. I can’t believe the DAR is honoring me.”


DAR  Community service Almaden resident Karen Bode received the DAR’s community service award.

“Karen has done a tremendous amount of volunteer work,” said DAR parliamentarian Sue Bergtholdt. “One of her main projects has been through the Assistance League Operation School Bell which she started while she was at Simonds Elementary School.” The Los Gatos chapter of the DAR was organized in 1929 welcoming women 18 and over who can prove lineal, bloodline from a man or woman who aided in achieving American independence such as signers of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States, military service or civil and patriotic service. Khanna and Bergtholdt collected documentation to DAR National for Zetterquist and Bode’s awards.



Susan MacDonald Berghtoldt is author of the book, Easy Art for Childrenn

SBN 10: 0513016163
ISBN 13: 9780513016163
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DAR member Sue Bergtholdt. Monahan and DAR member Kristin Khanna.