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On January 11th , nearly 700 nonprofit leaders, volunteers, elected officials, and business members filled the Marin Center to celebrate Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership’s (CVNL) 25th Annual Heart of Marin Awards. With support of sponsors, $35,000 was awarded to dedicated nonprofits and leaders who provide programs and services in Marin. This year a special presentation recognized the heroic and dedicated work of volunteers and agencies providing support to those impacted by the North Bay fires.
For 25 years, CVNL has honored the dedicated nonprofit organizations, volunteers, staff, and board members who provide vital services in Marin County. “Recognizing the people and organizations that serve our community is one of the best ways we can make sure they are thanked for their extraordinary work, and serves as an inspiration for all of us,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO of CVNL. “It is truly a privilege to produce this event each year, and our 25th Anniversary event was once again moving and encouraging.”
Awards were given for Corporate Community Service (sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Bregante + Company, LLP), Excellence in Board Leadership (sponsored by EO Products and College of Marin), Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Redwood Credit Union), Excellence in Leadership (sponsored by Marin Community Foundation), Youth Volunteer of the Year (sponsored by Bank of Marin), Excellence in Innovation (sponsored by International ProInsurance and Pacific Union), Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence (sponsored by Nugget Markets), and Lifetime Achievement (sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael). Union Bank once again served as the Event Sponsor. Learn more at cvnl.org.

2017 Heart of Marin winners, bottom row, from left: Youth Volunteer of the Year recipients Joshua Rowe, Kyle Sayers, Macie Millstein, Yonayda Rodas and Kobe Pole.
Top row, from left: RxSafe Marin, Excellence in Innovation; ExtraFood.org, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence; Mary Denton, Sunny Hills Services, Excellence in Leadership; Redwood Credit Union, Corporate Community Service; Marilyn Price, founder of Tripsfor Kids, Lifetime Achievement; Pepe Gonzalez, 10,000 Degrees, Excellence in Board Leadership; RxSafe Marin, Excellence in Innovation; Kim Lambert, Canal Alliance, Volunteer of the Year.

The crowd at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership’s 25th Heart of Marin Awards applauds ExtraFood.org, Marin Humane, Bread & Roses, Marin Interfaith Council and Marin Center for Independent Living for their work during the North Bay fires; all organizations received funds for their contributions.

CVNL CEO Linda Jacobs addresses the room, reminding the crowd about CVNL’s role in disaster response and recovery and acknowledging the work of local nonprofits and volunteers. All photos by Lirette Photography.

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