Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Annual 'Stars' awards honor efforts to improve Lake County

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Tom Lincoln served as master of ceremonies for the 13th annual Stars of Lake County Awards, held Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice, Calif. Photo by Tera DeVroede.

NICE – Those who truly care do memorable things to better Lake County and many were honored at the Stars of Lake County 13th annual Community Awards Celebration Saturday evening.

This year, in the wake of last November's closure of Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa – the home to the awards since the program's inception – the awards ceremony was held at Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino in Nice.

The reception began at 5 p.m., with well-known local musician David Neft providing lively keyboard music for the audience, which stood beneath an ocean of golden star balloons attached to the assigned chair of each nominee.

The casino’s bingo room was transformed into a ceremonial space, including a dance floor in the front center next to the stage. New at this year’s celebration was a dance after the awards were presented.

Master of Ceremonies Tom Lincoln opened the evening, asking those who have served the country in the military to stand and be honored with a round of applause.

Lincoln then gave the audience a bit of background about himself – that he, too, served in the Army and he moved to Lake County in 1975 from San Francisco.

“I never had a second thought of moving elsewhere. We, the people of Lake County, are the luckiest in the world in that we get to enjoy this god-given beauty,” he said.

Lincoln read a quote by former Connecticut State Legislator Pauline R. Kezer: “When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless, But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.”

Following dinner, the awards presentation began. Congressman Mike Thompson was on stage to hand-deliver the sparkling trophies, which Lake County Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Melissa Fulton said were made by the same company that makes the Oscar awards.

Each Star was played a song as they walked off stage with their award. DJ Tony Barthel, who donated his time to the event, arranged the music to match each person and their accomplishments.

The 2010 Stars of Lake County Awards winners are as follows.

MAN OF THE YEAR: Thomas Hewlett, DDS, Clearlake

WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Cheri Johnson, Hidden Valley Lake

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Lakeport Grocery Outlet

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: A&B Collision, Clearlake

YOUTH ADVOCATE/VOLUNTEER: Darren Brookshire, Hidden Valley Lake

YOUTH ADVOCATE/PROFESSIONAL: Jill Hoeffer, Lakeport

STUDENT OF THE YEAR, MALE: Benjamin Mullin, Lucerne

STUDENT OF THE YEAR, FEMALE: Cylinda Neidenbach, Kelseyville

AGRICULTURE AWARD: Renker Farms, Lakeport

ARTS AWARD/AMATEUR: Bert Hutt, Lakeport

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Denise Johnson, Kelseyville

MARLA RUZICKA HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR: Debra Rodrique, Middletown

SENIOR OF THE YEAR: Jean Welch, Lakeport

BEST IDEA OF THE YEAR: Woody’s Café (at Kelseyville Lumber), Kelseyville

ORGANIZATION, VOLUNTEER: AARP volunteer tax preparers

ORGANIZATION, NONPROFIT: Mt. Konocti Facilitation, Lakeport

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Mildred Pickersgill, Lakeport

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: LuLu’s Ice Cream & Desserts, Kelseyville

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD: Roberta Lyons, Lower Lake

SPIRIT OF LAKE COUNTY: Harry Graves, Clearlake

The event was sponsored by Robinson Rancheria Resort & Casino, the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and the Lake County Record-Bee.

Awards sponsors included Cliff and Nancy Ruzicka, Westamerica Bank, Barry Parkinson, McDonald’s Lakeport, Polestar Computers, Umpqua Bank, Gossett Alarm Corp., Strong Financial Network, Lake County Land Trust, Kelseyville Lumber, Foods Etc., Bruno’s Shop Smart, Kathy Fowler Dealerships, Congressman Mike Thompson, Shannon Ridge Vineyards & Winery, John Tomkins, North Lake Medical Pharmacy, Lakeview Supermarket and Deli, Lake County Record-Bee and St. Helena Hospital Clearlake.

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For the first time this year, a dance floor was set up so attendees could stay and enjoy themselves after the ceremonies. Photo by Tera DeVroede.
 

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