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2019 Sonoma Valley Fund Star Award event set for Oct. 6

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2019 Star Award Honorees

• Republic of Thrift — Sheila Fanucchi

• Sonoma Plein Air Foundation — Nikki Parr

• Transcendence Theatre Company — Peter Fallon

• Sonoma Overlook Trail — Joanna Kemper

• Valley of the Moon Music Festival — Terry McKelvey

• Sonoma Valley Girls Softball Association — Marty Herrick

• Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library — Anthony Bingham

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley — Jennifer Blesius

• Pets Lifeline — Lynne Strohm

• Jack London State Historic Park — Alice Melillo

• Sonoma Valley Historical Society — Carol Page

• Kid Scoop News — Karen Roche

• Praxis Peace Institute — Ben Boyce

• Hanna Boys Center — Ms. Treasure Hinchman

• Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation — Peter Hohorst

• Quarryhill Botanical Garden — Kathleen Aspenns

• Sonoma Community Center — Lynn Martin

• Sweetwater Spectrum — Mark Jackson

• Teen Services Sonoma — Judy Scotchmoor

• Vintage House — Mary Ellen Grimes

• 10,000 Degrees — David Freeman

• Sonoma Valley Parent University Program — Ligia Booker

• Sonoma Ecology Center — Nancy Evers Kirwan

• Valley of the Moon Observatory Association — Loren Stokes

• Seeds of Learning — Dominic Tommasi

• Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance — Nancy Dome

• Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance — Bob Smith

• Sonoma Valley Museum of Art — Claudia Sims

• Sonoma Valley Museum of Art — Kathleen Watson

• Sonoma Valley Community Health Center — Lourdes (Lulu) Perez

• Art Escape — Susan Heeringa-Pieper

• La Luz Center — Frankie Ortiz

• Impact100 Sonoma — Judith Walsh

• Special Olympics Sonoma Valley — Tom Young

• Friends In Sonoma Helping — Hunt and Carol Sharp

• Friends of Trione-Annadel State Park — Christina Hirsch

• Nuestra Voz Sonoma — Armando Calderón

• Sonoma International Film Festival — Kim Enzensperger

For the past decade, the Sonoma Valley Fund has invited local nonprofits to nominate a volunteer who has, over the course of the year, gone above and beyond, as part of its Star Volunteer Awards. On Oct. 6, the Fund will honor almost three dozen of Sonoma Valley’s most active and valuable community volunteers at a party in their honor. For the first time, the event will be held at Hanna Boys Center.

“We’re excited to honor so many volunteers who enhance and strengthen the fabric of our community,” said Sonoma Valley Fund board president Simon Blattner in an announcement of the event.

“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,” added Fund board member Penney Magrane.

Each Star Volunteer will be presented with a trophy and certificates from 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin congratulating and thanking them for their service.

A regional affiliate of the Community Foundation Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley Fund seeks to increase and improve philanthropic efforts in the Valley. Sonoma Valley Fund is led by a group of local community leaders to help sustain and improve the Valley’s socioeconomic, environmental and cultural qualities, according to the nonprofit. Earlier this year, the nonprofit announced a grant to support the Sonoma Land Trust’s acquisition of open space land at the Sonoma Developmental Center. This fall SVF will launch a second “capacity building” grants program, with applications for nonprofits opening on Sept. 25.

The 2019 “Star Volunteers” will be honored from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Hanna Boys Center. The public is invited to hear their stories.

Supervisor Susan Gorin will be in attendance, and more than 300 guests are expected to attend.

To attend, visit svf2019starawards.eventbrite.com by Sept. 22.

2019 Star Award Honorees

• Republic of Thrift — Sheila Fanucchi

• Sonoma Plein Air Foundation — Nikki Parr

• Transcendence Theatre Company — Peter Fallon

• Sonoma Overlook Trail — Joanna Kemper

• Valley of the Moon Music Festival — Terry McKelvey

• Sonoma Valley Girls Softball Association — Marty Herrick

• Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library — Anthony Bingham

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley — Jennifer Blesius

• Pets Lifeline — Lynne Strohm

• Jack London State Historic Park — Alice Melillo

• Sonoma Valley Historical Society — Carol Page

• Kid Scoop News — Karen Roche

• Praxis Peace Institute — Ben Boyce

• Hanna Boys Center — Ms. Treasure Hinchman

• Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation — Peter Hohorst

• Quarryhill Botanical Garden — Kathleen Aspenns

• Sonoma Community Center — Lynn Martin

• Sweetwater Spectrum — Mark Jackson

• Teen Services Sonoma — Judy Scotchmoor

• Vintage House — Mary Ellen Grimes

• 10,000 Degrees — David Freeman

• Sonoma Valley Parent University Program — Ligia Booker

• Sonoma Ecology Center — Nancy Evers Kirwan

• Valley of the Moon Observatory Association — Loren Stokes

• Seeds of Learning — Dominic Tommasi

• Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance — Nancy Dome

• Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance — Bob Smith

• Sonoma Valley Museum of Art — Claudia Sims

• Sonoma Valley Museum of Art — Kathleen Watson

• Sonoma Valley Community Health Center — Lourdes (Lulu) Perez

• Art Escape — Susan Heeringa-Pieper

• La Luz Center — Frankie Ortiz

• Impact100 Sonoma — Judith Walsh

• Special Olympics Sonoma Valley — Tom Young

• Friends In Sonoma Helping — Hunt and Carol Sharp

• Friends of Trione-Annadel State Park — Christina Hirsch

• Nuestra Voz Sonoma — Armando Calderón

• Sonoma International Film Festival — Kim Enzensperger

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