Annual Dinner Honors Food Drive Stars

Second Harvest held its annual awards dinner to honor 2013 Holiday Food Drive participants at Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz on March 12th.  It was great see everyone and share some special stories about how our community “made good things happen” this past holiday season.




The evening began with welcoming remarks from Second Harvest CEO, Willy Elliott-McCrea, followed by the presentation of the 2014 Hunger Fighters, Autumn and Simone Bushard and AR and Fred Pointer. Their dedication to helping others was recognized through proclamations presented by a number of elected officials. We know these Hunger Fighters don’t do what they do for the recognition, but their work is inspiring and so we hope they enjoyed this brief spotlight.


Santa Cruz County Supervisor, Zach Friend
and Simone Bushard



City Council Member, Don Lane
with AR and Fred Pointer

The 2013 Holiday Food Drive Co-Chairs, Ken Kannappan, CEO of Plantronics and Sarah Latham, UCSC Vice Chancellor of Business & Administrative Services introduced incoming Co-Chair, Hilary Bryant, Councilmember City of Santa Cruz. Thanks to outgoing co-chair, Ken for his commitment to helping the less fortunate in our community. It’s good to know we can count on Ken and his amazing team at Plantronics to put in the extra effort!


Hilary Bryant, Ken Kannappan, Sarah Latham

Steve Bennett, Development Director at Second Harvest, presented the Special Awards, listed below.

Special Promotions: Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria, New Leaf Community Markets, Whole Foods Market

Media Awards: Clear Channel Communications, Good Times

Helping Hands:  CCOF, Capitola Mall, Fullpower Technologies

Annual Rotary Award:  Sunrise Rotary

Annual Interact Award:  Watsonville High School Interact Club

Above & Beyond:  Christ Lutheran Church (Pastor Dale Sollum-Brotherton), Watsonville Snow Day (June Ponce)

Coordinators of the Year:  Zach Davis (Burger.Aptos), Lisa Kirk (Seagate)

Big Step:  World’s Biggest Garage Sale (Twin Lakes Church), Charity Golf Tournament Cilantros/El Palomar

School Heavyweight Award:  Aptos High School

Most Meals Per Student:

High School:  Monte Vista Christian School

Junior High School:  Aptos Junior High School

Elementary School:  Gateway Elementary School

Pajaro Valley vs. Santa Cruz District Challnege:  P.V.U.S.D

CEO’s Cup:  Graniterock

Chairman’s Cup:  Aaron’s

President’s Cup:  County of Santa Cruz

Heavyweight:  Plantronics


See the complete list of awards here

View the 2013 HFD video here


Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor, Bay Federal Credit Union.

Thanks also to Community Printers, Epic Wines, and Kitayama Brothers.

Thank you to everyone that made a contribution. We could not do what we do without your support. You made good things happen!

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