Always Something to Celebrate – Times-Herald

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Fred Menard, owner of Indian Alley Antiques downtown, hopes a petition leads to the return of Christmas lights intertwined in the trees along Georgia Street. (Richard Freedman–Times-Herald)

Guitarist Peppino D’Agostino at the performance of Stef Burns, Jeff Campitelli and Jim Funk at Lucca’s Beer Garden in downtown Benicia last Sunday afternoon. (Richard Freedman–Times-Herald)
Lisa Gutierrez-Wilson was one of the volunteers creating Easter baskets on behalf of Vallejo Together on Monday. The nonprofit will distribute the goodies this Sunday in the Moose Lodge parking lot for about 100 homeless people. (Rich Freedman–Times-Herald)

LEADERSHIP VALLEJO GRADS

Leadership Vallejo graduated 12 class members from its Year 13 nine-month program, bringing the Leadership Vallejo Alumni group to over 200 people.

In January 2020 the class began with 26 students participating in a two-day retreat held at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club. State Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Tim Grayson joined the group to kick-start, When the pandemic began and the governor issued a stay-at-home order, the Leadership Vallejo Board of Directors and Curriculum committee were faced with a challenge. The group was offered two choices: return the following year or continue virtually. The 12 that chose to continue met virtually until their “drive by” graduation.
The group continues to meet monthly in partnership with the City of Vallejo to “Give Litter the Boot,” cleaning up the trashing in our community.

The  Year 14 program begins Sept. 24-25. For information about the program, or to download and application, visit LeadershipVallejo.com.

HEART OF NAPA  AWARDS

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership announced the recipients of the 6th Annual Heart of Napa Awards. Nearly 300 community leaders, volunteers, elected officials, and business members logged into the virtual event on March 18.

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Barry Christian of American Canyon Community & Parks Foundation and the Excellence in Board Leadership Award was given to Deborah Tonella, Music in the Vineyards.

Youth Volunteer of the Year Award recipients included: Andre Aikins, American Canyon Boys & Girls Club; Rudolph Barragan, Napa Valley Boys & Girls Club; Kalaya Jones, Mentis; Ava Rubin, Napa County Robotics; and Mariah Smith, Expressions of Hope.

Hilary Zunin, Co-Founder of Napa Valley CanDo, was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award posthumously. Her legacy includes: the Give Guide, which has helped raise $3,746,341 for 125 participating nonprofits; four food projects aimed at reducing food insecurity; and creating a volunteer arm for Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster to address the need for volunteers due to COVID.

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award was presented to NEWS, dedicated to providing safety, hope, healing and empowerment for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, all of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

All recipients were presented with certificates of recognition from Congressman Mike Thompson, State Assemblymember Cecila Aguiar Curry, state Sen. Bill Dodd, and the Napa County Board of Supervisors. Additionally, winners received an award of $5,000 or $2,500 for their nonprofits. The five Youth Volunteers of the Year received $1,000 each.

The Awards were sponsored and presented by Syar Foundation (Volunteer of the Year); Comerica Bank (Excellence in Board Leadership); Redwood Credit Union (Youth Volunteer of the Year); Pacific Gas & Electric Company (Excellence in Leadership); and Kaiser Permanente (Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence).

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