The San Francisco 49ers cleaned up in the 2014 NFL Draft after enjoying three consecutive seasons of success, 2 of which ended in NFC Championship Game appearances while the third ended in a Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Going into the draft the 49ers suffered from weaknesses in the cornerback, defensive line and wide receiver positions.
Drafting Jimmie Ward in the first round as the 30th overall pick, the Niners filled the gap in the corner back position, but left many fans confused. Ward was considered a safety; a position the team drafted Pro-Bowler Eric Reid for in last year’s draft. What stands out and probably figured into the team’s decision is Ward’s versatility and ability to play in the nickel defense and line up against the slot receiver. His tackling skills, willingness to step up and smash any running back coming out the back field, and 4.43 speed enabling him to play center field doesn’t hurt either.
Bringing jazz music to San Jose is a full-time job—just ask the good folks at San Jose Jazz. From facilitating a wealth of educational programs to coordinating concerts, holding special events, and even hosting two annual festivals dedicated solely to the underrated musical genres, San Jose Jazz (SJJ) keeps jazz’s rich tradition alive in Silicon Valley.
For 25 years, the organization has operated programs such as the long-running Summer Jazz Camp, which teaches over 65,000 San Jose area youths the study, practice, and performance of jazz music to promote healthy growth and development. By sponsoring events such as Free Jazz Wednesdays and Music in the Market, SJJ provides the pubic with over 160 opportunities each year to enjoy the experience while footing the bill to ensure no one misses out. SJJ’s annual Jazz Summer Fest features over 120 artists from across the globe performing on 12 stages over three days, and its cooler-weather counterpart, Winter Fest, features an invigorating mix of internationally renowned artists and local talent.
To support its not-for-profit mission, SJJ depends on donations, membership fees, and fundraisers. On January 29, the Silicon Valley Capital Club generously hosted San Jose Jazz’s B#SV: Be Sharp Silicon Valley! fundraising event. The event featured celebrity bartending and a men’s fashion show with an impressive roster of Silicon Valley’s celebrities and influential figures acting as bartenders and models for the evening. Mezlan San Jose was honored to have four San Jose-area luminaries model our Mezlan and Bacco Bucci footwear, blazers and jackets: Read more
What better time than mid-December—when it’s freezing cold around our stores in Chicago and Washington D.C.—to make new friends, reintroduce the brand, and throw a re-Grand Opening party at our Mezlan store in Santa Clara? Opened only a few months ago in the Westfield Valley Fair Mall, Mezlan San Jose offers custom and handmade men’s dress and casual shoes to our San Jose and Silicon Valley metro-area customers. The 6th of Mezlan US retail locations, we are the first Mezlan store to open its doors on the West Coast.
Sponsored by and jointly organized with the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, our Mezlan San Jose store had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, December 19, with Larry Bonner, Mezlan store manager, aptly wielding the ceremonial scissors to cut the ribbon. Larry was assisted by San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce representatives: Jeff Nott, Whitney Diver, and Emily LeDeau, as well as the Mezlan store team: Robert Smeyne and Elein Zemede.
See our Photo Gallery from the Mezlan San Jose re-Grand Opening (Photos: Stan Olszewski/SOSKIphoto)
While Colin Kaepernick is leading the San Francisco 49ers to glory on any given Sunday and the team is basking in the spotlight as NFL superstars, a group of unsung heroes work behind the scenes to ensure that the Bay Area’s most vulnerable residents don’t slip through the cracks.
The 49ers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports an array of programs in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, focuses its efforts on “Keeping kids safe, on track and in school.” The 49ers Academy, Santa Clara Schools Foundation, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Family Violence Prevention Fund and Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative are just a few of the many groups that benefit from the Foundation’s work.
Mezlan at Westfield Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara is proud to be a part of the San Jose lifestyle and community. The Story of San Jose is our tribute video celebrating San Jose’s 236th birthday. Watch it to learn more about this spectacular city and its history.
From all of us at Mezlan, Happy Birthday, San Jose!
Congratulations to the Bellarmine Mothers’ Guild and the Bellarmine community on another magnificent and inspiring Fashion Show event. The 59th Annual Fashion Show for Financial Aid and the Financial Aid Endowment continues the esteemed school’s long tradition of combining fashion with fundraising. Mezlan San Jose is proud to be a 2013 Fashion Partner for the event.