Eight more surprised Los Altos and Los Altos Hills community volunteers made their way to the honorees’ table after being named 2018 Joint Community Volunteer Service Award winners Friday.
The annual event, in its 36th year, recognizes unsung volunteers who contribute in a variety of ways, from mentoring students to helping their neighborhoods with emegency preparedness. A 12-member committee comprising six residents from each city, selects winners from the nominees recommended by local nonprofit groups.
This year’s honorees bring the total number of individuals and groups recognized to 333 since Los Altos Mayor Jane Reed and Los Altos Hills Mayor Mary van Tamelen initiated the event in 1983.
The 2018 winners:
• Jeff Deaton, who serves on the board of Sky’s the Limit Fund, the Los Altos-founded organization that provides scholarships to help underserved young people with behavorial health issues attend therapeutic wilderness camps.
• Donna Drako, for her volunteer work with the Glass and Decorative Arts Club, Friends of the Los Altos Library, the Los Altos History Museum and Meals on Wheels.
• Russ Satake, for his work helping local youth through the nonprofit Mentor Tutor Connection and his involvement in the El Camino Hospital Foundation, among other activities.
• Laura Teksler, for her work with a wide range of groups, from the Los Altos Educational and Community foundations to GreenTown Los Altos and the Los Altos Environmental Commission.
• Steve and Melissa Seligman, for their work with Kara, the Palo Alto-based organization that offers grief support for children, teens, families and adults.
• Jim Clark, for his involvement in neighborhood emergency preparedness efforts through Los Altos PREPARES, the local Community Emergency Response Team and the Los Altos Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
• Chuck Lindauer, for his involvement in the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Mentor Tutor Connection and Los Altos Community Foundation.
Dennis Young, a 1989 Community Service Award winner, served as master of ceremonies at this year’s event.
Addressing the large gathering at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto, Young said he was “a little bit amazed and a lot awed by the number of people who have previously received this award who are in this room – who are still actively involved in volunteerism. That’s what’s wonderful about our two communities.”