Over 150 people turned out Tuesday night at the Danville Community Center to honor those who give of their time and energy to the Town of Danville and to see the election of the new Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2012.
The 30th Annual Mayoral Installation and Community Service Awards was held Dec. 6, 2011 and it was a night of community spirit and a celebration of the type of volunteerism and giving that makes the Town of Danville such a special place.
The event began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Boy Scout Troop 236, followed by the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" by 5th grader Avery Chapman. Mayor Karen Stepper presided over the ceremony, which included an invocation by Paster Ron Dunn of the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church and a reading of her poem"On Becoming" by Danville Poet Laureate Lea Kagel.
The first series of awards were for Volunteers of the Year:
Parks and Leisure Services Commission Volunteer of the Year Award: Heidi and Amelia Abramson - For their work on proposing and developing plans for the Bounty Garden at Hap Magee Ranch Park.
Arts Commission Volunteer of the Year: Stephen Rodriguez - For his assistance in helping coordinate the Art in the Park Festival for the Alamo Danville Artists' Society.
Volunteer of the Year: Harry and Barbara Hubinger - For their many many hours of dedication and volunteering with the Danville Police Department.
Part of the event is devoted to those commissioners who are leaving off this year. Those included:
Arts Commission: J.P. McDermott, Madeline Gillette and Tara Power
Planning Commission: Bonnie Antoun
Awards of Service were given out for those Council and Commission Members who have served for many years:
4 Years of Service:
Patricia Dobbin - Heritage Resource Commission
Jo Loecher - Arts Commission
8 Years of Service:
Candace Andersen - Town Council
Kent Rezowalli - Parks and Leisure Services Commission
12 Years of Service:
Randy Haberl - Heritage Resource Commission
20 Years of Service:
Mike Doyle - Town Council
Awards of Merit:
San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church - For their "Mission Saturday" event and volunteering with area non-profits.
Alissa Anderegg - For raising awareness of Alzheimer's Disease
Landon Gervase Mello - For fundraising efforts for the All Wars Memorial in Oak Hill Park
Village Theatre Art Gallery Curatorial Committee - For providing guidance and direction at the Village Theatre Art Gallery
Jeff Phelps - For his service to the Danville Police Department and the Danville Youth Community
Sagan Richardson - For a haunted house fundraise benefitting area schools
Barbara Farmer - For enhancing and helping to sustain the arts in the Danville community.
Michael K. Shimansky Community Service Award:
Turner Stanton - For dedicating his time and energy to the Danville Community in a variety of roles.
The Danville Award:
Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley - For their work in providing living history education and scholarships for the youth in the San Ramon Valley.
After the awards were given out, the Council conducted one final piece of business. That of electing the Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2012. Unanimously elected by the council were Mayor Candace Andersen and Vice Mayor Newell Arnerich.
For those unable to attend, pictures from the event are posted on the Town's Facebook page www.facebook.com/danvilleca and the event was recorded and will be broadcast by Contra Costa Television on Comcast Cable Channel 26 at 7:00 p.m. Friday December 16 and Saturday December 17.