Press Release - 2nd Annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Ceremony

The City of Richmond and Richmond Community Foundation to Honor Volunteers

RICHMOND, CA – Volunteers and organizations that serve the Richmond community will be recognized and honored by, the City of Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, City Manager Bill Lindsay, and Joan Davis, President and CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation will honor Richmond volunteers and organizations for their dedicated service to the Richmond community on Thursday, April 25, 2013, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held in the foyer of the Richmond Memorial Auditorium.
The Richmond community nominated volunteers that serve the Richmond Community for the Richmond ESC – Excellence Serving our Community – Distinguished Volunteer Service Award in the areas of community: Arts, Beautification, Education, Health and Wellness, Public Safety, Youth Service, and Excellence in Community Service, which will identify distinguished volunteers in the community for their personal commitment and contribution.
The ceremony also marks the City of Richmond’s recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 21 – 27, 2013, and Richmond’s impact volunteering program, Richmond ESC – Excellence Serving our Community, a Cities of Service model. Cities of Service is a bi-partisan coalition of mayors and cities from across the country who are working together to accelerate the service movement and engage residents as volunteers to make a difference in their communities. “Volunteers build stronger and more vibrant communities. It’s so exciting to be honoring these individuals who exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and are helping us transform Richmond!” said Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.
The 2013 Distinguished Service Award recipients are:

Arts - Hanka Boudreau

Community Beautification - Andromenda Brooks

Education - Mike Mahoney

Health and Wellness - Dr. Desmond Carson

Public Safety - Richmond CERT Citizens Advisory Panel on Emergency Readiness and Response

Youth Service - Teonna Thompson

Excellence in Community Service - Richmond Commission on Aging

The 2013 Meritorious Service Award recipients are:

Arts - Kate Sibley; Faye Young; and The Masquers Playhouse.

Community Beautification – Antonia Vanoni, Herbert Warren, and Richmond Trees.

Community Health and Wellness - Eric Avery; Anthony Bryant; Donny Davis; Lisa Duncan; Gail Garrett; Bruce Greenlee; Garry Hurlbut; Robbie Hurtado; Johnny Holmes; John Marquez; D L Poole; Dr. Tony Sillemon; Tracy Taylor, RD CDE; and Eric White.

Education - Joey Aduviso; Edwin Bolds; Paul Hirsch; Pedro Lespier; Shanying Lee; Sharon May; Patricia Mendoza; Rebecca Newburn; Ryan McQuiston; Northland Nautical Foundation; Read-Aloud Volunteer Program; and Vicki Winston.

Excellence in Community Service – Marisela Aguiniga; Wayne Farinas; Jane Fischberg; Sandi Genser-Maack; Ron Gibson; Daryl Henline; Janet Johnson; Jan Mignone; and Pamela Wimberly. Public Safety – Antwon Clorid.

Richmond has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. This Volunteer Recognition and Award program is a great way to thank and honor those who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service,” says Joan Davis, President and CEO of the Richmond Community Foundation.
Contacts: Rochelle Monk, Chief Service Officer, City of Richmond
(510) 620-6511
Sevilla Mann, Community Investment Associate – Richmond Community Foundation
(510) 234-1200
About Richmond ESC – Excellence Serving our Community

Branded in October 2012 as Richmond ESC - Excellence Serving our Community, the City of Richmond's impact volunteering program is dedicated to raising awareness and mobilizing communities to volunteer to address Richmond's greatest challenges. To support this effort, in January 2012, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation awarded the City of Richmond a two-year grant to plan and implement the program using the Cities of Service model. 

About Richmond Community Foundation
The Richmond Community Foundation is a public charity with a mission to build the capacity of the community by serving as a Leader, Collaborator and Broker, and by leveraging assets of all kinds in order to create and sustain a strong, healthy city. 
About National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 to encourage communities to be the heart of social change-exploring and demonstrating collective power to foster positive transformation. National Volunteer Week has, since its establishment, garnered the steadfast support of U.S. presidents, elected officials and the public at large, and will this year be celebrated from April 21 -27, 2013.


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