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Volunteer stars of our Valley

There is clearly something peculiar, abnormal, perhaps even mysterious about the behavior of otherwise rational people in this Valley.

To an extent that exceeds simple generosity and transcends everyday acts of kindness, we appear to be a community determined to take ownership of the social, educational, cultural and recreational needs of our residents, especially those in need.

We have created home-spun, grassroots organizations to feed, clothe, house, teach, heal, entertain, enlighten, transport and comfort others out of all proportion to the size of our population.

On Sunday, the dimensions of that phenomenon were placed in clear focus when the Sonoma Valley Fund held its annual celebration to recognize “Star” volunteers from nearly two-dozen nonprofit organizations devoted to the needs of others in our Valley.

Some of those honored, during a reception at Sonoma Valley Hospital, were among the usual suspects whose names have long been associated with good works for good causes. But many were among the largely unheralded army of volunteers who make the wheels turn and the doors open and the services provided without fanfare or recognition.

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