Sonoma ‘Star’ volunteers honored by Congressman Mike Thompson

Dozens of community members were celebrated at annual honoring of those who give back.|

Extraordinary Sonoma volunteers were honored by their nonprofits on Sunday with trophies and certificates, along with recognition from local politicians.

The Sonoma County Catalyst Fund hosted 37 charitable organizations for this year’s annual Sonoma Valley Star Volunteer awards at the Hanna Center on Oct. 9.

The organizations honored a total of 39 volunteers, each selected by the organization they serve, in the presence of their families for going above and beyond in the name of others this year. Congressman Mike Thompson and First District Supervisor Susan Gorin presented the recognized volunteers with their awards.

The event, which was founded in 2008 by the Community Foundation Sonoma County’s Sonoma Valley Fund, highlights the diligent work of the city’s nonprofit community. The Sonoma Valley fund merged with the Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund in April of this year, and the annual celebration are now hosted through the partnership.

The ceremony was co-sponsored by Community Foundation Sonoma County and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley. Local nonprofits and businesses also contributed donations to fund the event.

“The Star Volunteer Awards have been a tremendous celebration of the dedication, courage and enthusiasm that volunteers bring to our community,” Caitlin Childs, director of communications for Community Foundation Sonoma County, said in a press release.

The event was recorded and live-streamed by SonomaTV and can be viewed on the station’s YouTube channel.

2022 Star Volunteer Award Recipients

Art Escape — Katherine Fonseca

The Botanical Bus — Kim Lydon

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley — Cathy Williamson

Cancer Support Sonoma — Susan Murray

Creative Bridges — Lisa Carlsson

Farm to Pantry — Amelia Belle & Bob Rudolf

Food for All / Comida para Todos — Laura Ramirez Navarro

Friends In Sonoma Helping — Beverly Koepplin

Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library — Janet Constantino

Homeless Action Sonoma, Inc. — Sierra Nadeau

Impact 100 Sonoma — Dana Simpson-Stokes

Jack London Park Partners — Liz Fisher

Kid Scoop News — Martha Leticia Flores

La Luz Center — Ana Rios

Pets Lifeline — Jon Foreman

Robert Ferguson Observatory — Allen Barrett

Sebastiani Theatre Foundation — Rose Mary Schmidt

Seeds of Learning — Allyson Etherington

Sonoma Arts Live — Monica McKey

Sonoma Botanical Garden — Alan Porter

Sonoma Community Center — Janet Nusbaum

Sonoma Ecology Center — Mark Gonzalves

Sonoma International Film Festival — Nancy Boerum

The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation — Michael Studebaker

Sonoma Overnight Support — Patti England

Sonoma Plein Air Foundation — Ellen Hoover

Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce — Tami Cotter

Sonoma Valley Collaborative – Fred Allebach

Sonoma Valley Community Communications – KSVY — Marcia Macomber

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center — Garland Lamb

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation — Laura Stanfield & Megan Kaplan

Sonoma Valley Historical Society — Kate Schertz

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance — Marianne Mullins

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art — Gary Seifer

Sweetwater Spectrum — Carola McAndrew

Transcendence Theatre Company — Cindy Belluomini

Valley of the Moon Music Festival — Barbara Insel

Vintage House — Richard Smith

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