We’re proud to share that our founder, Jeff Peterson, was awarded the Bay Area Chapter Jefferson Award for his outstanding philanthropy and support of the children at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He is seen here with Jack Russi, chairman of the Jefferson Award Foundation’s board of governors. The Jefferson Awards are given to unsung local heroes that support their community and those in need.
Do you want to help Jeff Peterson as he supports hospitalized children through the Peterson Family Foundation? Visit our contributions page to get involved.
What is the Jefferson Award?
The Jefferson Awards Foundation, “Honors outstanding Americans who are making a difference [and] inspiring others to act. It’s our hope that every American will realize their potential to impact lives, and in the process, improve their own. Public service is the pathway to stronger communities and self-fulfillment – and we’re here to build it.”
Through the Peterson Family Foundation, Jeff Peterson now supports two full time music therapists at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital with plans to bring on a third this year. Our music therapists at UCSF Benioff San Francisco have provided music therapy to more than 1,400 Bay Area children.
The Peterson Family Foundation also supports music therapy programs at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Through all our programs we have now provided the gift of music therapy to more than 3,000 children!
Peterson Family Foundation’s Commitment to Music Therapy
Jeff Peterson believes in the power of public service to make a difference in his community and has recognized the power of music therapy to drastically improve the lives of children hospitalized for complex medical care. Music therapy reduces pain perception, decreases anxiety, and provides much needed emotional and psychosocial support to these children. The honor of receiving this Jefferson Award is testament to the work Jeff Peterson has done to bring the power of music therapy to hospitalized children in the Bay Area.