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 Over 500 community leaders, volunteers, elected officials and business members gathered for the 30th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Luncheon on Jan. 12 at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael. 

    “This was the first time we’ve been back in person for Heart of Marin since the pandemic began,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO at CVNL. “With contributions of their time, talent and resources, the individuals and organizations nominated for the Heart of Marin Awards demonstrate repeatedly that Marin is a community of great leaders that do the right thing.”  

Corporate Community Service Award: Marin Independent Journal

Volunteer of the Year Award: John Beltran, The Marine Mammal Center

Excellence in Board Leadership Award: Tiana Wimmer, Enriching Lives Through Music 

The Excellence in Innovation Award: Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Drought Resilience and Water Security Initiative (DRAWS)

Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards: Oliver Goldman, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue; Talia Harter, San Rafael High School, Youth Transforming Justice, Marin County Office of Education, Marin Suicide Prevention Collaborative, the County of Marin and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services; Matteo Diaz, The Spahr Center; Sophia White, Marin Food Bank, Junior Giants, Rec Inc., St. Anselm Church, Marin Catholic High School, Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery and The Buck Institute for Research on Aging; Alysha Lee, County of Marin Student Elections Ambassador Program, League of Women Voters, Novato High and Beyond Differences.

Excellence in Leadership Award: Andy Naja-Riese, Agricultural Institute of Marin

Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award: Mount Tamalpais College

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Rev. Jane Adams Spahr.

CVNL CEO Linda Jacobs (left) and Heart of Marin Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr.
Photo by Frankie Frost

   All recipients were presented with certificates of recognition from Congressman Jared Huffman, Sen. Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Damon Connolly and the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Additionally, winners (except Corporate Community Service) received an award of $5,000 for their nonprofits. The five Youth Volunteers of the Year received $1,000 each. 

   “In the 30 years CVNL has produced this event, we’ve been able to award hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of nonprofits,” Jacobs said. “CVNL is a resource, connection and voice for the nonprofit community and the challenges we face, and has offices in Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma County. We stand united with and in service to our nonprofit community.”

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