Santa Rosa, CA – July 13, 2016 – The Jefferson
Awards is a national recognition system designed to highlight public service in
America. The Jefferson Awards began as part of the American Institute for
Public Service in 1972 and was established by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S.
Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, a staffer to the late Senator Robert
Locally, the program was adopted by the Sonoma County
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.’ Some
of our past awardees include: Becoming Independent, La Luz Center, Catholic
Charities, Herman J. Hernandez, and Matt Martin.
Regionally, media partners such as KPIX-CBS 5 TV and
KCBS-AM have been promoting the Jefferson Awards throughout the Bay Area.
Several bay area counties and cities along with many non-profit organizations
participate by holding their own local programs and then submitting nominees to
the regional competition.
County Board of Supervisors Chair, Efren Carrillo commented, “The Board of
Supervisors invites the community to help identify extraordinary individuals
and programs that inspire through action.”
The County is seeking nominations of nonprofits,
boards, commissions/advisory bodies, or individuals that demonstrate their
‘excellence in community leadership and civic engagement.’ To obtain nomination
criteria, materials and further information please visit the Jefferson Awards homepage.
The final submission date for 2016 Jefferson
Award nominations is Friday, August 5, 2016.
For more information please
contact the Jefferson Awards coordinator.