Pleasant Hill Community Awards

Community Awards announcement

Here come the Community Awards - this time, it's virtual!

The Community Awards will be held virtually this year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. You can watch online at pleasanthillca.org/PHawards or tune into the City Channel (Comcast Channel 28, Wave Channel 29, or UVerse Channel 99)

Let's celebrate the people, businesses and nonprofits that enrich Pleasant Hill's quality of life.  

Join us for dinner! 

While we can't meet in person, we've worked with Classic Catering to offer tasty boxed dinners for just $20. Order by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18; pick it up the afternoon before the Awards program begins. Choices include 

  • Chicken cacciatore with bell peppers, onion, mushroom and tomato, with brown rice pilaf
  • Italian pot roast with tomato-demi sauce, rigatoni and grilled zucchini
  • Salmon salad topped with vegetable ratatouille
  • Vegetarian parmigiana (eggplant, zucchini and carrots)

Call 925-939-9224 of email patrick@classiccater.com by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

And the nominees are ..... 

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR — The business has made significant contributions to the community and shown initiative and innovation in the business affairs of the Pleasant Hill area. This year’s nominee is Amy’s Hallmark Shop.

NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR — The nonprofit shall have made significant contributions to the community and shown initiative and innovation in accomplishing its mission.  This year’s nominees are the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library; Hillcrest Church UCC Outreach Ministry; Pleasant Hill Lions Club; Bay Area Bike Project. 

TEEN OF THE YEAR — The candidate lives and/or goes to school in Pleasant Hill and has shown responsibility in his or her personal and school life. He or she should have a record of assisting and volunteering in the Pleasant Hill community and been involved in more than one area of community interest. This year’s nominees are Kai Arellano and Olivia Llamas.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR — The candidate must be an educator in a Pleasant Hill school who has made unique contributions toward educating our children, demonstrating dedication, innovation, and enthusiasm. This award is sponsored by the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education (FPHE). This year’s nominees are Valon Beriginn (College Park); Dylan Bland (College Park); Nicolette Bornstein (Fair Oaks Elementary); Laima Haider (College Park); Khoa Phan (College Park); Jeanette Shearer (Valhalla Elementary); Kirsten Tharalsen (Valley View Middle School).

EDUCATION SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR - Schools thrive when parents and volunteers support teachers and students. This award honors an individual or individuals who have made a significant contribution in contributing to the ongoing success and student achievement at their school(s). This year’s nominee is Mary Gray.

GREEN AWARD — This Award recognizes a person, organization or business that has shown outstanding leadership in sustainability and protecting the environment in one or more of the following areas: energy conservation, water conservation, waste reduction and/or pollution prevention. This year’s nominee is Friends of Pleasant Hill Creeks.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR — The candidate has made a significant contribution in the past year (2019) in supporting civic and/or community groups in Pleasant Hill, thereby improving our community. This year’s nominee is Robert Goldner, Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library Book Sales Manager.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD — The candidate has a broad-based, multi-year record of assisting or supporting civic and/or community groups in Pleasant Hill, and has made substantial contributions toward improving our community. This year’s nominees are Nader Jazyeri; Buddy Scauzzo and Minako McMahon; Jill Scheidel; and Susan Wood.

The awards are co-hosted by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, the City, the Recreation & Park District, the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation and the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education.

Questions? Call the City’s Community Relations Manager, Gayle Vassar, at 925-671-5229 or email her at gvassar@pleasanthillca.org