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.
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!
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
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!