For the past decade, the Sonoma Valley Fund has invited local nonprofits to nominate a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in the past year. In 2017, SVF expanded its nonprofit partnerships and its Star Volunteer Award party on Sunday, Oct. 15, will honor almost three dozen of Sonoma Valley’s most active and valuable community volunteers.
“We’re excited to honor so many volunteers who enhance and strengthen the fabric of our community,” said SVF board president Peg Van Camp.
The Sonoma Valley Fund is an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, and its annual Star Award party honors service in the Valley.
For the second time, the event, which draws hundreds, will be held at The Barn at Tyge William Cellars at Cornerstone Sonoma.
“This event is a chance for our nonprofit partners to recognize a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to their organization over the past year,” said SVF board member Kimberly Blattner.
Each Star Volunteer is presented with a trophy and certificates from Supervisor Susan Gorin and Rep. Mike Thompson congratulating and thanking them for their service.
The Sonoma Valley Fund seeks to increase and improve philanthropic efforts in the Valley. SVF is managed by a group of community leaders to help sustain and improve the Valley’s unique socioeconomic, environmental and cultural qualities. Earlier this year, SVF published the “Hidden in Plain Sight” report on the state of philanthropy in the Valley. (sonomavalleyfund.org)
This year’s “Star Volunteers” will be honored from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 at The Barn. The public is invited to hear their stories.
To attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 11.
The 2017 Star Award Winners
Sandra Ormerod, 10,000 Degrees
Amdrea McGinty and Connie Sangiacomo, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley
Nancy Dome, Hanna Boys Center
Bern Lefson, Jack London Park Partners
Siga Wise, KidsScoop Foundation
Suzie Radillo, La Luz Center
Taj Hittenberg, LandPath
Ellen Beck, Pets Lifeline
Julie Jones, Praxis Peace Institute
Gay Collins, Quarryhill Botanical Garden
Bob Smith, Seeds of Learning
Linda Stevens, Sonoma Arts Live
Cathy Salomon, Sonoma Community Center
Bob Long, Sonoma Ecology Center
Patricia Frates, Sonoma International Film Festival
Tracy Reynes, Sonoma League for Historic Preservation
Mary Nesbitt, Sonoma Overlook Trail
Cindy Vrooman, Sonoma Overnight Support
Megan Kaplan and Laura Stanfield, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation
Kevin Salas De la Riva, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center
Susan Murray, Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation
Sally and Paul Chiriboga, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
Nancy Lang, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
Juanita Padilla, Sonoma Valley Parent University Program
Kenneth Juhasz, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance
Maureen Fuentes, Special Olympics Sonoma Valley
Robert Young, Sweetwater Spectrum
Russ Johnson and Pat Meier-Johnson, Teen Services Sonoma
Helene Waxman, Transcendence Theater Company
Louise Gilbert, Valley of the Moon Music Festival
Helen Herbaugh, Vintage House Senior Center