San Ramon Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 Community Award winners

Tickets on sale for annual Night of the Stars awards ceremony Dec. 4

In recognition of the business leaders and community members who strive to make San Ramon one of the most desirable places to live in California, the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce announced the six winners of its annual Community Awards.

Chamber officials will honor the winners and present awards at the 35th Annual Night of the Stars Business and Community Awards dinner on Dec. 4.

At the dinner award winners will be recognized in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Employee of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Educator of the Year and Ambassador of the Year.

"The Business and Community Awards event is an opportunity to thank and give appreciation to individuals who have made a significant difference and contribution in our community," chamber president Stewart Bambino said in a statement. "Come and network, enjoy good food and honor those around us who help to make San Ramon an exceptional place to live and work."

This year’s awards celebrate a diverse set of entrepreneurs who help boost the city’s economy, image and community spirit. The six honorees of the 35th Annual Business and Community Awards are:

Citizen of the Year: Rachel Hurd, president of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education, executive director of Leadership San Ramon Valley and past president of the Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Valley Rotary Club.

Business Person of the Year: Ann Lucena, CEO of San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

Employee of the Year: Theresa Peterson, associate engineer for the city of San Ramon.

Educator of the Year: Jonathan Parks, classroom teacher at Dougherty Valley High School and TSA: Culturally Responsive Learning at San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Volunteer of the Year: Norma Gonzalez, San Ramon Insurance Agency.

Ambassador of the Year Kim Falahati, founder of Family Matters.

Terry Koehne, chief communications officer at Contra Costa County Office of Education, will host the awards program, he will be joined by special guest speakers San Ramon Mayor Bill Clarkson and Wade Luckhardt, chamber board chair and owner of FASTSIGNS San Ramon.

The San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Awards will be presented during a dinner held Dec. 4, at The Bridges Golf Club, 9000 S. Gale Ridge Road. The awards event will begin with networking at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., with the evening set to close at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $75 each or $600 for a table for eight and can be purchased online through the chamber’s website.

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