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Heart of Marin Awards & Heart of Napa Awards

Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.

5th Annual Heart of Napa

2020/21 Nominations Open in November!
Stay tuned for more details.

Over 130 nonprofit leaders, volunteers, elected officials, and business members logged into the Virtual Heart of Napa Awards on July 23.

All winners and sponsors

27th Annual Heart of Marin

2020/21 Nominations Open in September!
Stay tuned for more details.

Thank you to the 600 community leaders, volunteers, elected officials, and business members who gathered on Thursday, January 9, 2020 to celebrate this year’s nominees and award recipients.

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Heart of Marin Awards

In its 27th year, CVNL will grant $35,000 back into the Marin nonprofit community. Congratulations to the all of the nominees listed below:

The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.

  • EO Products
  • Ghilotti Construction Company
  • Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael-Petaluma
  • Kiosk
  • Microsoft Store in Corte Madera
  • Mike’s Bikes
  • The Republic of Tea
  • Sports Basement Novato

Co-Sponsored by: PG&E and BioMarin

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.

  • Sylvia Arias-Montez, Singers Marin
  • Kim Bivens, LITA (Love is the Answer)
  • Stan Burford, Ceres Community Project
  • Mehrbanoo Esmaili. Whistlestop
  • Michelle Glover, Marin Symphony Association
  • Dr. José Gómez, Operation Access
  • Jim Hill, Halleck Creek Ranch
  • Gerry Kain, Marin Alano Club
  • Lorne Magnone, North Marin Community Services
  • Kathie Meier, Marin Humane
  • Erika Ono-Kerns, The Marine Mammal Center
  • Julie Perachiotti, Godmothers of St. Vincent’s School for Boys
  • Sally Peter, Bread & Roses Presents
  • Adriana Rabkin, Marin VOAD
  • Teri Rockas, WildCare
  • Maija Schaefer, ExtraFood.org
  • Kristin Sheppard, Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Melvyn Wright, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN)

Sponsored by: EACH Foundation

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.

  • Maira Ayala, OLE Health
  • Kristen Bennett, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Gigi Bibeault, Marin Alano Club
  • Heather Bowker, Marin Humane
  • Brandon Brown, Youth Leadership Institute
  • Cia Donahue, West Marin Senior Services
  • Tammy Edmonson, Marin Cultural Association
  • Trisha Garlock, SchoolsRule Marin
  • Andy Mathieson, Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Terry Scussel, Marin Ventures
  • Elaine Tokolahi, Marin VOAD
  • Selina Wajnowski, Halleck Creek Ranch
  • Edward Westbrook, Friends of China Camp

Co-Sponsored by: EO Products and
Bregante+Company, LLP

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.

  • 2020 Census Partnership: Canal Alliance & Community Action Marin
  • Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity
  • America SCORES Bay Area
  • Autistry Studios
  • Carla Condon, Age-Friendly Corte Madera
  • Enriching Lives through Music
  • ExtraFood.org
  • Giving Marin Community Partnership
  • GraceSigns
  • Humankind Alliance
  • Jasmine Martinez, Adopt a Family of Marin
  • Marin Humane’s Animal-Assisted Therapy Program
  • Marin Villages
  • Marin VOAD
  • Mike Daly, Marin County Probation Department
  • Opening the World
  • The Pediatric Dental Initiative of the North Coast Inc.
  • The Rollin’ Root, Agricultural Institute of Marin
  • Side by Side’s YouThrive Program
  • Tikkun Marin, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
  • Wendy Pacheco, Marin Organizing for Racial Equity
  • Youth Leadership Institute

Sponsored by: Comerica Bank

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.

  • Abbie Brandt, Gilead House
  • Clara Estebecorena, Beyond Differences
  • William Fletcher, Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Ava Francis Hall, Marin County Youth Commission & Ceres Community Project
  • Sarah Goody, Climate NOW
  • Benjamin Hodgson, WildCare
  • Emma Lauter, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit
  • Michelle Le, Ceres Community Project
  • Damaris Marrufo, Marin School of the Arts & Novato High School
  • Andrea Martinez, North Marin Community Services
  • Kai Nittenberg, OneTam & Ceres Community Project
  • Andrea Ortega, Next Generation Scholars
  • Sonia Saltzman, Marin County Youth Commission; Marin Women’s Commission
  • Katie Sayers, REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) and Street Chaplaincy
  • Abigail Smith, Youth Leadership Institute
  • Hajra Yacoobali, Youth Leadership Institute

Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union

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.

  • Gabriella Calicchio, Marin Cultural Association
  • Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios
  • Dave Cort, San Geronimo Valley Community Center
  • Cathryn Couch, Ceres Community Project
  • Lori Davis, Sanzuma x2
  • Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse
  • Aideen Gaidmore, Marin Child Care Council
  • Ann Mathieson, Marin Promise Partnership
  • Cristol O’Loughlin, Angel Aid Cares
  • Christine Paquette, St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Abby Yim, Integrated Community Services
  • Marv Zauderer, ExtraFood.org

Sponsored by: Marin Community Foundation 

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to its constituents.

  • Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity
  • Big Skills Tiny Homes
  • Cedars
  • Ceres Community Project
  • Conservation Corps North Bay
  • The Gaines-Jones Education Foundation
  • GraceSigns
  • Marin Child Care Council
  • Marin Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • North Marin Community Services
  • San Geronimo Valley Community Center
  • Slide Ranch
  • Sufi Women Organization
  • Youth Leadership Institute

Sponsored by: Nugget Markets

The Lifetime Achievement Award and $5,000 for a nonprofit of their choice 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.

  • Marian Huntington
  • Doug McConnell
  • Jack Scott
  • Karen Schurig
  • Michael St. John

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

Check out images from the 2019 Heart of Marin Luncheon!

Start preparing for 2020 nominations by reading our nominating procedures and application questions. Nominations officially open this fall, so stay tuned for more details!

Heart of Napa Awards

In its 5th year, CVNL will grant $22,500 back into the Napa nonprofit community in honor of leaders in the following award categories:

The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.

  • Adventist Health St. Helena
  • Clif Family Winery
  • Kaiser Permanente, Napa-Solano
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley

Sponsored by: PG&E

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 Napa nonprofit organization.

  • Susan Andrews, Music in the Vineyards
  • Arlene Bates, Napa Valley School Garden Network
  • Terry Butler, Napa Police Department Volunteer Program
  • Dr. Robert Dunham, Operation Access
  • Shannon Hattyar, Girls on the Run Napa & Solano
  • Bruce Johnson, Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Joan Lyon, Community Action Napa Valley (CANV)
  • Karrie Sanderlin, NEWS
  • Rich Whitall, Napa County COOL School Program

Sponsored by: Syar Foundation

The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $2,500 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Napa nonprofit board of directors.

  • Maira Ayala, OLE Health
  • Mary Ellen Hester, Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Chuck McMinn, Rail Arts District Napa (RAD Napa)
  • Sandra Re Sims, Aldea Children and Family Services
  • Hilary Zunin, Napa Valley CanDo

Sponsored by: Comerica Bank

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 Napa nonprofit in the community, education, or faith environment.

  • Mariana Diaz, Teens Connect
  • Averi Dropping, Thirst Project
  • Talulah Finkelstein, Be Kind Napa
  • Sophie Heflebower, Cafeteria Kids Theater
  • Vivian Kammerer, Napa High School
  • Tully Leonard, Calistoga After Class Enrichment Program
  • Annika Lindroos, Women’s March Napa Valley & Arts Council Napa Valley
  • Ashley Lopez-Hernandez, ParentsCAN
  • Alondra Madrigal, NVUSD School Board & Napa Peer Court
  • Deisy Mendoza, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
  • Makenzie Payne, Teens Connect
  • Dareydy Rojas, Boys and Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
  • Luis Tovar, Calistoga After Class Enrichment Program

Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union

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.

  • Jennifer Brusstar, The Tug McGraw Foundation
  • Aimée Guillot & Olivia Cowell, Cafeteria Kids Theater
  • Larry Kromann, Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Erika Lubensky, Community Resources for Children
  • Jeni Olsen, Teens Connect x2
  • Celine Regalia, Collabria Care
  • Pete Shaw, CrossWalk Community Church
  • Pablo Zatarain, Fair Housing Napa Valley

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to its constituents.

  • American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation
  • Cafeteria Kids Theater
  • Calistoga Affordable Housing
  • Collabria Care
  • Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV)
  • The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Napa County
  • Loving Animals Providing Smiles (LAPS)
  • Napa County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
  • Napa Farmers Market
  • Operation Access
  • Share the Care Napa Valley
  • Teens Connect
  • ZERO Prostate Cancer

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, Napa-Solano

We look forward to honoring all 55 nominees at the virtual awards ceremony on July 23 from 12:00-1:30pm.

Start preparing for 2020 nominations by reading our nominating procedures and application questions. Nominations officially open this fall, so stay tuned for more details!

Thank you Presenting Sponsor

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 our hallmark. Community commitment is one of their core values as they truly believe that strong communities benefit everyone. In the words of their founder, Bill Murray, “If we do good, then everybody does better.”

Nominating Procedures

These are applicable for events in both counties. Please complete your nominations online according to these FAQ:

Online submissions must be received no later than 5:00 pm following the applicable deadlines:

HEART OF MARIN: TBD – November 2020
HEART OF NAPA: TBD -January 2021

You may nominate in multiple categories and self-nominations are accepted, although we welcome you to nominate a community partner who inspires the work you do..

Please review the application questions associated with each award category. You will be required to respond to these in your narrative.

The submitted narrative should be in 12-point font, 1” margins, and may not exceed three (3) pages. No supplementary materials will be accepted and could disqualify your submission (unless you are submitting a nomination for Lifetime Achievement in Marin).

The luncheon is our opportunity to publicly acknowledge all nominees and their commitments to the community. Since we do not announce award recipients in advance, all nominees are expected to attend. Mark your calendars early and secure your tickets before the holidays – they tend to sell out!

It is fine if your work goes outside of Marin/Napa but remember this is an award for service in the particular county – focus on that within your narratives.

After completing your online nomination, an automatic email will be sent to the email provided for the nominee and nominator letting them know of the successful submission.

This year's Award Sponsors include...

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2019 Media Sponsor

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Melissa Stoakley

Executive Assistant & Event Coordinator

My passion is community engagement and social responsibility. As a public relations and marketing graduate with a love for networking, I bring enthusiasm and keen perception to all my activities, both personal and professional, as I strive to bring out the best in others and my community at large. Let’s connect to take your individual and organizational impact to the next level!

mstoakley@cvnl.org or 415-448-0322