Sonoma Valley Fund Honors Top Volunteers in the Valley
More than 200 guests gathered in the courtyard of Sonoma Valley Hospital on Sunday, October 6th to honor and salute 25 amazing volunteers in the Valley. The event was organized and sponsored by Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County.
It was a glorious afternoon with the crowd cheering for the dedication of these awe-inspiring individuals who have made the very existence of non-profit organizations in the Valley possible. “In a community that gives and supports non-profits, these 25 individuals stand out. They do everything from maintaining and repairing the buildings; to keeping the books; to managing the volunteer resources; to raising money. In fact, there really isn’t anything that they don’t do,” said Barbara Young, Sonoma Valley Fund President.
This is the sixth year that Sonoma Valley Fund has recognized volunteers in the Valley and all 25 Star Award recipients received a star statue emblazoned with their names and the organization that they serve. This year’s Star Award recipients are:
- Jim Lynch (Becoming Independent)
- Ron Gaiz (Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley)
- Vicki Schnurpfeil (F.I.S.H.)
- Kathy and Robert Arnold (Hanna Boys Center)
- Keith Murrary (La Luz Center)
- Gary Germano (Pets Lifeline)
- Pat Edelstein, Lori Ross, Jefra Parlett (Quarryhill Botanical)
- Rose Mary Schmidt (Seeds of Learning)
- David Goodison (Sonoma Community Center)
- Marty Haidet (Sonoma Ecology Center)
- Maria Biasetto (Sonoma League for Historic Preservation)
- Nancy Kivelson (Sonoma Valley Community Health Center)
- Chuck Young (Sonoma Valley Education Foundation)
- David Good, Simon Blattner (Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation)
- Cathy Gellepis, Jerry Klenow (Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance)
- David Cole (Sonoma Valley Museum of Art)
- Deb Carlen, Oscar Lopez (Sonoma Valley Teen Services)
- Patty Jackson (Sweetwater Spectrum)
- Wayne Gordon (Vintage House)
- Norman Wray (WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center)
Sonoma Valley Hospital helped sponsor the event and guests were afforded an opportunity to get a guided tour of the new Surgical Center and Emergency Department, more than a month before its official opening.
Photo courtesy of Melania Mahoney
October is Endow Sonoma Valley Month!!
What is Endow Sonoma Valley Month?
Sonoma Valley Fund, an affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County, was organized some five and a half years ago with a goal of creating a sustainable source of funding for valley non-profit organizations through legacy giving and charitable bequests. Significant progress has been made but much more has to be done in order to sustain the organizations that support our valley's high quality of life. In support of our goal, both the Sonoma City Council and Sonoma Board of Supervisors proclaimed October 2012 as Endow Sonoma Valley Month.
To that end, each October Sonoma Valley Fund will sponsor an important legacy gift informational program with the following goals:
- Increase the public's awareness of legacy giving so that more valley residents will consider leaving a legacy gift to a valley non-profit
- Provide education for those interested in legacy giving
- Double the number of valley residents who make a legacy gift commitment to one or more valley non-profits
Sonoma Valley Fund will continue to educate and promote legacy giving, alongside all of our nonprofit partners in the Valley. We hope that everyone will consider making a legacy gift commitment either to Sonoma Valley Fund, or, to one of the many invaluable nonprofit organizations that serve the Valley. To make that easier, a universal commitment form can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Once completed, please send it to:
Sonoma Valley Fund
PO Box G
Sonoma, CA 95476