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The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) presented its 27th Annual Heart of Marin Awards on Jan. 9 at a luncheon at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael.  600 community leaders, volunteers, elected officials and business members attended the event where winners in seven categories were awarded a check for $5,000 each. An award for corporate community service was also presented. Above are all the winners and sponsors along with event Emcee KPIX reporter Betty Yu (middle row, second from right) and CVNL CEO Linda Jacobs (middle row, far right).


CVNL recognized nonprofit organizations, the people who run them, the boards that guide them and the volunteers that help power them. Pictured above (top to bottom) are San Geronimo Valley Community Center Executive Director Dave Cort, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence, Whistlestop volunteer Mehrbanoo Esmaili, Volunteer of the Year, and To Celebrate Life Board President Kristen Bennett, Excellence in Board Leadership.


The youth judging panel  above (back row, left to right), Gracie LaKose, Jordan Hovey, Adriana Golden, Chiara Savage-Schwartz and  Elijah Seabock, joined by award sponsor representative Ron Felder of Redwood Credit Union, awarded $1,000 each to five youth volunteers who have given their time and energy to local nonprofits.  The  youth volunteer winners (front row, left to right) were Sarah Goody, Climate NOW, Emma Lauter, Marin County Search and Rescue, Andrea Martinez, North Marin Community Services, Andrea Ortega, Next Generation Scholars and Kai Nittenberg, Ceres Community Project and OneTam.

Every year CVNL shines a light on those people and organizations who work to make the lives of everyone in Marin County better. Pictured  above (top to bottom) are Autistry CEO and Executive Director Janet Lawson, Excellence in Innovation, St. Vincent de Paul Society Executive Director Christine Paquette, Excellence in Leadership, Marin County Search and Rescue Unit Leader Michael St. John, Lifetime Achievement, and EO Products Co-founder Susan Griffin-Black, Corporate Community Service.   -Photos by Stuart Lirette


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