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Thank You to All Those Who Nominated!

We are excited to announce that this year we received 119 nominations on behalf of community leaders, businesses, innovative collaborations and young folk who have stepped up in extraordinary ways throughout 2018. For a complete list of nominees, toggle through the categories below. We look forward to celebrating all of our unsung heroes at the January luncheon!

Reserve Your Seats

Proudly produced by CVNL and Bank of Marin, the 26th Annual Heart of Marin™ Awards recognizes outstanding nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. Join us in celebration at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall on Thursday, January 10, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Please note, you can sponsor Gold or Silver tables, which provide tickets for youth and their families to attend. Please note that last year’s event sold out — we highly recommend you buy tickets now!



Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence

The 2018 Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Nominees are…

Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity
Bernard Osher Marin JCC
Ceres Community Project
Conservation Corps North Bay
ForWords Literacy Lab
Homeward Bound of Marin
Kids Cooking for Life
Marin Center for Independent Living
Marin Child Care Council
Marin Medical Reserve Corp Foundation
Mt. Tam Quilt Guild
North Marin Community Services
Operation Access
San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Slide Ranch
St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Vincent’s School for Boys

SPONSOR: Nugget Markets

Volunteer of the Year

The 2018 Volunteer of the Year Nominees are… 

Luz Alvarado, Center for Domestic Peace
Auxiliary Board, Marin Center for Independent Living
James Cleaves, Halleck Creek Ranch
Christine Comaford, Hospice by the Bay
Frank Cox, Marin County Sheriff’s Office
Dr. Edward Diao, Marin Community Clinics & Operation Access
Jeremy Durfee, Next Generation Scholars
Mehrbanoo Esmaili, Whistlestop
Phil Garratt, Friends of the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Gary Gellin,
Nayeon Kim, Prison University Project
Sydney Minnerly, Singers Marin
Steve O’Keefe, Civic Center Volunteers
Allison Park, Godmothers of Timothy Murphy School
Mike Smylie, The Marine Mammal Center
Paula Spencer, Marin Humane
Ann Wathen, Ceres Community Project
Kathleen Woodcock, Marin Center for Independent Living

SPONSOR: Redwood Credit Union

Excellence in Board Leadership

The 2018 Excellence in Board Leadership Nominees are…

Heather Bowker, Marin Humane
Sam Brasch, Adopt a Family of Marin
Brandon Brown, Youth Leadership Institute
Deanne Clough, Global Student Embassy
Maureen Cornelia, Community Land Trust Association of West Marin
Elizabeth Dinsel, Mill Valley Philharmonic
Doug Fryday, Museum of the American Indian
Trisha Garlock, SchoolsRule Marin
Amanda McCarthy, Community Action Marin
Peg Super, NAMI Marin

SPONSORS: EO Products & Bregante+Company, LLP

Excellence in Leadership

The 2018 Excellence in Leadership Nominees are…

Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios
Lori Davis, Sanzuma
Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse, Inc.
Jon Marker, Youth Leadership Institute
Cheryl Paddack, North Marin Community Services
Christine Paquette, St. Vincent de Paul Society
Ted Smith, Kids Cooking for Life
Jane Winter, YWCA San Francisco & Marin
Abby Yim, Integrated Community Services (ICS)

SPONSOR: Marin Community Foundation

Excellence in Innovation

The 2018 Excellence in Innovation Nominees are…

10,000 Degrees Fellowship Program
Age-Friendly Solutions
Agricultural Institute of Marin’s Rollin’ Root
Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity
Autistry Studios
Biotech Partners
Downtown Streets Team’s Marin Mobile Care
Giving Marin Community Partnership
Golden Gate Dietetic Internship Program
Humankind Alliance
Marin Aging and Disability Institute
New Media Learning
Nugget Markets & College of Marin Partnership
Play Marin
Project HOPE
Side by Side’s YouThrive
St Vincent’s Equestrian Program

SPONSORS: Comerica Bank & BioMarin

Corporate Community Service

The 2018 Corporate Community Service Nominees are…

Bank of Marin
EO Products
Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael-Petaluma
Lotus Cuisine of India
Microsoft Corte Madera
Mike’s Bikes
Nugget Markets
Pet Food Express

SPONSORS: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Youth Volunteer of the Year

The 2018 Youth Volunteer of the Year Nominees are… 

Loughlin Browne, MCYC & Bridge the Gap
Yendy Calderon Cifuentes, Marin Community Clinics
Jane Casto, Terra Linda Activism Club
Cutter Dawes, Canal Alliance & Amigos de las Américas
Kalyn Dawes, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
Nicole Fuches, Civic Center Volunteers
Sabrina Gelini, The Body Positive
Adriana Golden, Knowledge is Power
Bryan Greene, Canal Alliance
Tristan Johnson, St. Anselm Church
Elise Lamarre, Youth Leadership Institute – MCYC
Lucia London, Novato High Earth Club
Daniel Magaña, Next Generation Scholars
Kenyamarie Mahone, Youth Leadership Institute – MCYC
Max Manwaring-Mueller, Marin SEL
Damaris Marrufo, Novato Police Department, Marin Girls Chorus, Center for Domestic Peace
Ana Ostrovsky, Global Student Embassy
Francisco Pereira, St. Anselm Church
Rebecca Preis, Marin Humane
Chiara Savage Schwartz, & Community Heroes
Gabe Ural, Youth Leadership Institute – MCYC
Marlowe Ural, Youth Leadership Institute – MCYC
Quincy Webster, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue

SPONSOR: Bank of Marin

Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2018 Lifetime Achievement Nominees are…

Barbara Coley
Marian Huntington
Heidi Kuhn
Barbara Lee
Avon Mattison
Doug McConnell
Karen Schurig
Michael St. John
Nora Thompson

SPONSOR: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

Thank You to Event Sponsor Bank of Marin

At Bank of Marin, they serve Bay Area businesses and the people who run them, providing insight, guidance, and support as part of the legendary service that is their hallmark. Community commitment is one of the core values as they truly believe that strong communities benefit everyone. In the words of founder, Bill Murray, “If we do good, then everybody does better”.

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