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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 28, 2019) — The American Red Cross of the Bay Area honored 16 individual volunteers, two volunteer teams, and two partner organizations at its recent Recognition Dinner for San Francisco volunteers. The annual event was held at GAP Headquarters in the city.
At the dinner, Jesus Jaime “JJ” Lara received the Volunteer of the Year Award for San Francisco. The award acknowledges the support Lara provided to the organization in 2018, including his work as the Chair of the San Francisco County Leadership Council.
"JJ has become a true leader in the Red Cross, providing exceptional service through his dedicated work on the San Francisco County Leadership Council,” says Eva Marquez, the Volunteer and Youth Services Manager for the Red Cross in the city. "JJ exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism, and he is very deserving of the highest San Francisco volunteer award."
Here are the other recipients of special volunteer awards, announced at this year's dinner:
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Outstanding Support: Whitney Chestnut
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Response: Helen Chang and Tirtza Pearl
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Exceptional Leadership: George de Bruin
- Disaster Cycle Services Award – Extraordinary Commitment and Dedication: Deb Harper
- Service to the Armed Forces Award: Marilyn Byington and Kathleen Lenihan
- Biomedical Services Award – Customer Service: Jean Gengler and Gwen Mitchell
- Biomedical Services Award – Volunteer of the Year: Sue Telgemeier
- The Youth Services Award: Lavender Chen
- General Services Award: Ada Lowe
- New Volunteer Award: Rachelle Phythian
- Community Engagement Award: John Chung
- Good Neighbor and Partnership Award: Tsu Chi Foundation and Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN)
- Teamwork Award: San Francisco Casework Team
- Collaboration Award: San Francisco Disaster Workforce Engagement Team
- Volunteer Supervisor Award: Ron Mulgrew
The annual event, which honors key volunteers, also gives the Red Cross an important opportunity to acknowledge all of its 638 San Francisco volunteers, Marquez says. In fact, many volunteers were honored at the event in acknowledgement of the large number of hours they devoted to Red Cross activities during the 2018 calendar year.
"Our volunteers are the core of the Red Cross mission to help prevent and alleviate suffering in our communities," Marquez says.
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