The City of Santa Rosa will honor 18 extraordinary individuals and organizations for their volunteerism in serving the community and improving quality of life in Santa Rosa. The ceremony, on Monday, April 16, 2018, will begin promptly at 7pm in Council Chambers. This year’s ceremony is the 37th Merit Awards and includes a new additional category to honor, “Community Heroes,” who provided many acts of volunteerism during the October 2017 wildfires. Merit Award recipients are nominated by community members and selected by the Merit Awards Committee. Those to be recognized in five categories include:
Ukulelians for enriching and bringing joy to the community through their free musical performances throughout Santa Rosa.
BEAUTIFYING OUR COMMUNITY
Leaders of Roseland Community Building Initiative (CBI) in recognition of their outstanding efforts to improve and beautify the Roseland community.
Pet Rescue & Reunification Team for their dedication to searching for and reuniting displaced pets with their owners after the October wildfires.
Chuck Frampton in recognition of his remarkable efforts during the October wildfires to protect homes and serve his neighborhood.
Peggy Walsh Goebel in gratitude of her outstanding work at the emergency evacuation shelters during the wildfires.
Dr. Joseph Clendenin for tirelessly serving evacuees’ medical needs at emergency shelter sites during the October wildfires.
Robert Pelligrini & the Team at Tuttles Pharmacy in recognition of their commitment to the community during the wildfires, including their role in filling critical prescriptions for evacuees at emergency shelters.
Xavier Nazario for his remarkable service to the community as a member of the Community Advisory Board and for his role in helping those who lost a home in the October wildfires.
Communique Interpreting and Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency for helping deaf wildfire survivors to navigate the recovery process after the devastating wildfires.
Better Beginnings Volunteers in recognition of these volunteers who work tirelessly to support women and their families before, during and after birth.
UndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County - Steering Committee for the creation and implementation of UndocuFund, which assists those impacted by the October wildfires but who are ineligible for federal assistance.
Hope, Love & Magic for bringing joy to children in Santa Rosa hospitals, schools and foster homes, as well as the evacuee shelters during the wildfires.
Willie Tamayo for his leadership role in the Elise Allen High School Foundation and his commitment to the Santa Rosa community.
Amber Barnard for her remarkable efforts in helping others, from cancer patients and their families to friends, neighbors and survivors of the October wildfires.
Katya Robinson for advocating, fundraising and working to improve the lives of youth and adults with disabilities in our community.
Richard Coshnear in recognition of his outstanding efforts to serve the immigrant communities through legal work and community organizing.
Jeff Okrepkie for strengthening the Coffey Park neighborhood and tirelessly working to support the community after the October wildfires.
Ronnie Duvall for helping rebuild the sense of community in Coffey Park through holiday decorating and neighborhood events.
Since 1978, the Merit Awards have celebrated outstanding volunteers who work to strengthen neighborhoods, serve people in need, expand artistic and historical culture, and beautify the community. The ceremony is open to the public and will also be televised live on Comcast Channel 28 and AT&T Channel 99, livestreamed on the City’s YouTube page and Facebook page.
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