Sonoma celebrates its volunteers

Honoring service in the Valley.|

More than 300 guests joined Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin on April 19 to celebrate Sonoma Valley’s most generous, passionate and effective volunteers at Sonoma Valley Fund’s 10th annual Star Award party.

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 year running, the event was held at the Barn at Tyge William Cellars at Cornerstone Sonoma.

Each Star Volunteer was presented with a trophy and certificates from Gorin and 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 socioeconomic, environmental and cultural qualities. Earlier this year, SVF published its “Hidden in Plain Sight” report on the state of philanthropy in the Valley. (

The 2017-18 Star Award Winners were Sandra Ormerod of 10,000 Degrees; Amdrea McGinty and Connie Sangiacomo of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley; Nancy Dome of Hanna Boys Center; Bern Lefson of Jack London Park Partners; Siga Wise of KidsScoop Foundation; Suzie Radillo of La Luz Center; Taj Hittenberg of LandPath; Ellen Beck of Pets Lifeline; Julie Jones of Praxis Peace Institute; Gay Collins of Quarryhill Botanical Garden; Bob Smith of Seeds of Learning; Linda Stevens of Sonoma Arts Live; Cathy Salomon of Sonoma Community Center; Bob Long of Sonoma Ecology Center; Patricia Frates of Sonoma International Film Festival; Tracy Reynes of Sonoma League for Historic Preservation; Mary Nesbitt, Sonoma Overlook Trail; Cindy Vrooman, Sonoma Overnight Support; Megan Kaplan and Laura Stanfield of Sonoma Valley Education Foundation; Kevin Salas De la Riva of Sonoma Valley Community Health Center; Susan Murray of Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation; Sally and Paul Chiriboga of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance; Nancy Lang of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art; Juanita Padilla of Sonoma Valley Parent University Program; Kenneth Juhasz of Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance; Maureen Fuentes of Special Olympics Sonoma Valley; Robert Young of Sweetwater Spectrum; Russ Johnson and Pat Meier-Johnson of Teen Services Sonoma; Helene Waxman of Transcendence Theater Company; Louise Gilbert of Valley of the Moon Music Festival; and Helen Herbaugh of Vintage House Senior Center.

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