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Thank you for celebrating 25 years of recognizing nonprofits with us!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 25th Annual Heart of Marin Awards yesterday — Thursday, January 11th, 2018. Once again, we were inspired by all of the 2017 nominees and the winners. From our heart to yours: thank you, nonprofits, for the extraordinary work you do to make our communities healthier, happier, and more equitable. It has been an honor celebrating the work that you do for the past 25 years! 

Go to the News Story to see photos, view the Awards Program Book, and read about all of the Award recipients!

CVNL Heart of Marin in the News…

CVNL Event Press Release
Marin Independent Journal coverage

And the nominees are…

Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to their constituents. Here are this year’s nominees.

Catholic Charities Canal Family Support Kids Club
Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s School for Boys
Ceres Community Project
Children for Change
Downtown Streets Team
Homeward Bound of Marin
Kids Cooking for Life
Little Wishes
Marin Humane
Operation Access
Project H.O.P.E.
San Rafael Elks Lodge #1108
St Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County

SPONSOR: Nugget Markets

Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an individual (other than a board member) who has provided exemplary volunteer service to a Marin nonprofit organization. Here are this year’s nominees.

Tori Brant, Singers Marin
David Brusati, Whistlestop
Georgia Couderc, Marin Humane
Jermey Durfee, Next Generation Scholars
Dan Foldes, Pint of Soul
Chris Gomes, Art Works Downtown
Daniel Heagerty, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Kim Lambert, Canal Alliance
Banana AKA Lowell Levinger, Bread & Roses
Judith McElroy, Buckelew
Ellen McKenna,
Carole Ormiston, Halleck Creek Ranch
Josefina Perez, Senior Peer Counselor, Civic Center Volunteers
Ingrid Purcell, Hospice by the Bay
Gordon Robinson, Marin Humane
Paula Sauve, Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School
Fred Silverman, 10,000 Degrees Academic Support
Richard Vance, Marine Mammal Center
Bill Weinberg, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Woody Weingarten, Marin Man to Man

SPONSOR: Redwood Credit Union

Excellence in Board Leadership

The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Marin nonprofit board of directors. Here are this year’s nominees.

Eric Aanes, Lifehouse
Paula Doubleday, Downtown Street Team
Pepe Gonzalez, 10,000 Degrees
Lori Johanson, Little Wishes
Chuck Lesem, Trips for Kids
Susanne Lyons, WildCare
Janet Miller, Integrated Community Services
Ken Preston, Youth Leadership Institute
John Rosenberg, Art Works Downtown
Selina Wajnowski, Halleck Creek Ranch

SPONSORS: EO Products and College of Marin

Excellence in Leadership

The Excellence in Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an executive director who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefiting the organization and community. Here are this year’s nominees.

Robin Joy Berenson, PhD, LMFT, Community Institute Psychotherapy
Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios
Mary Denton, Sunny Hills Services
Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse
Daria Halprin, Tamalpa Institute
Miko Lee, Youth in Arts
Christine Paquette, St. Vincent de Paul Society, District Council of Marin County
Elisabeth Setten, Art Works Downtown
Aliyya Shelley Mattos, PaperSeed Foundation
Ted Smith, Kids Cooking for Life
Kim Thompson, Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM)

SPONSOR: Marin Community Foundation

Excellence in Innovation

The Excellence in Innovation Award and $5,000 will be presented to an individual, organization or partnership that has developed new, creative and effective strategies for advancing solutions to critical issues in our community. Here are this year’s nominees.

Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity
Canal Alliance Immigration Legal Services Team
College of Marin Cupboard
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
Downtown Streets Team
Enriching Lives Through Music
Golden Gate Dietetic Internship
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Osher Marin JCC
RxSafe Marin
Sunny Hills Services

SPONSORS: International ProInsurance and Pacific Union

Corporate Community Service

The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees. Here are this year’s nominees.

EO Products
Microsoft Corte Madera
Mike’s Bikes
Nugget Markets
Redwood Credit Union

SPONSORS: Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Bregante + Company, LLP

Youth Volunteer of the Year

Up to five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards of $1,000 each will be presented to full-time middle or high school students serving a Marin nonprofit in the community, education or faith environment. Here are this year’s nominees.

Patricia Almaraz, Terra Linda High School
Christopher Barajas, Terra Linda High School
Dylann Cullinane, St. Anselm School
Audrey Dickinson, Branson School
Katie Held, St. Anselm School
Yessenia Hernandez, San Rafael High School
Maya Krause, Sir Francis Drake High School
Leela Langlois, San Rafael High School
Damaris Marrufo, Marin School of the Arts at Novato High
Macie Millstein, Marin Academy
Ana Ostrovsky, Terra Linda High School
Emma Page, Saint Vincent High School
Kobe Pole, Redwood High School
Yonayda Rodas, San Rafael High School
Joshua Rowe, San Domenico School
Kyle Sayers, Branson School
Ethan Strull, Marin Academy
Elaine Zhou, Novato High School

SPONSOR: Bank of Marin

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award and $5,000 for the individual’s nonprofit(s) will be presented to an individual who has made a positive and notable difference during their career by significantly contributing to address a cause, issue or discipline. This is the only nomination category where additional material is accepted. Here are this year’s nominees.

Laurie Cohen
Barbara Lee
Avon Mattison
Gary Maxworthy
Suzie Pollak
Marilyn Price
Debra Scheenstra, DVM
Karen Schurig
Sandi Miot and Beryl Miller

SPONSOR: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael





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