Santa Rosa, CA – December 12, 2017 – On
Tuesday, December 12, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors will present
the prestigious Jefferson Award to two local nonprofit organizations and four
individuals for their “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic
Board of Supervisors greatly values the relationships the county has with local
community partners,” commented Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane.
“These relationships help leverage resources to maximize high quality services
to the community.”
Jefferson Awards Program is a national recognition system designed to highlight
public service in America. The Program was started in 1972 by Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis, US Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, staff to Bobby
Kennedy. The program was adopted locally by the County of Sonoma Board of
Supervisors and was designed to highlight the value of nonprofit organizations,
boards, commissions, and advisory bodies, as well as individual efforts for
“Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.”
year the Board of Supervisors solicits nominations from the public for this
prestigious award. This year there were 21 well-qualified exceptional
individuals, non-profits, and boards who were nominated because they
demonstrated the characteristics and essence of the Jefferson Awards. Six
nominations were selected as the 2017 award recipients, as follows:
- Chris Brokate (Individual) –
founder of Clean River Alliance and environmental activist.
- Lisa Carreño (Individual) –
involved in many aspects of community service.
- Tony Crabb (Individual) – founder
of Career Technical Education Foundation.
- Richard Dale and
Caitlin Cornwall (Individual) – dedicated leaders at the Sonoma Ecology Center.
- North Bay Industries (Nonprofit) –
creating opportunities for adults with disabilities.
- PDI Surgery Center (Nonprofit) –
providing critical dental surgery to underserved families.
year’s presentation will feature speaker Freda Statom, Executive Regional
Director of Jefferson Awards Foundation for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jefferson Award specific questions, contact Sylvia Lemus at (707) 565-1702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.