More than 200 guests are expected to gather at Cornerstone on Sunday, Oct. 2, to celebrate Sonoma Valley’s most dedicated volunteers. The event, organized and sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, is held annually to honor exceptional volunteer service in the Valley.
“We hold this event to honor the many and varied contributions made by Sonoma Valley residents who give their time, talent and treasure to one or more of our local nonprofits,” said Joshua Rymer, Sonoma Valley Fund president.
The Fund partners with 20 local nonprofits, who select their “star” each year.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley: Windee Smith
Board member and teen programs committee chair Smith has served on the BGC board since 2013. She is passionate about providing first class resources for local teens to access college and career path support and her work helped to ensure the Clubs’ teen community a safe place they can call their own.
Friends in Sonoma Helping: Jerri Sheehan
Sheehan has worked hard to bring dialysis to Sonoma Valley and helped FISH win a grant for taxi vouchers for medical appointments when FISH does not have an available driver. She has vision, a dedication to solutions and a passion to help others.
Hanna Boys Center: Tony Ghisla
Ghisla has served on Hanna’s agriculture advisory committee since its inception and advised the schools’ ag leadership team on becoming an official FFA chapter. Ghisla helped secure funds earmarked for ag and vocational programs.
La Luz Center: Jorge Antonio Guillermo Aquino
Guillermo Aquino demonstrates high levels of professionalism, customer service and camaraderie with fellow clients and staff and embodies all the characteristics of an ideal office volunteer.
Pets Lifeline: Judy Black and Dale Miller
Black and Miller are dedicated and committed volunteers who have helped Pets Lifeline with its cat care programs for many years.
Quarryhill Botanical Garden: Philip and Julia Wilkinson and Ina Welker
The Wilkinsons and Welker have been dedicated and reliable volunteers, leading docent tours for both adults and children, assisting with events, and taking an active role in the training of new volunteers.
Seeds of Learning: Mike Turgeon
Turgeon has been one of SOL’s most dedicated volunteers and donors for more than 20 years, participating in four work groups to Central America and serving three terms on the board.
Sonoma Community Center: Hank Martinson
For the past two years, Hank Martinson has been instrumental in helping develop SCC’s branding, marketing and creation of new events, including SCC’s new garage sale.
Sonoma Ecology Center: David Morell
Morell helped to create key programs at EPA as it was established, and was a national and state leader helping reduce air and hazardous waste pollution. In his volunteer role as SEC, his work on biochar – an innovative technology that can help save water, improve soil health, and reduce greenhouse gases, has helped catapult our county to an international focus.
Sonoma League for Historic Preservation: Zanne Clark
Clark’s untiring dedication to the League has been evidenced in her spearheading of an impressive fundraising campaign, her negotiations on the League’s behalf and her involvement in the projects to save and restore the Maysonnave Cottage.
Sonoma Valley Community Health Center: Marc Schwager
Sonoma Valley Fund’s ‘Star’ awards party is on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cornerstone Sonoma. To attend, email Barbara Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.