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CAP of San Bernardino County Gala Event Set May 19, 2011

The Board of Directors for Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Community Action Legacy Awards. The awardees will be honored at the Community Action Partnership Gala Banquet and Fundraiser on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the San Bernardino Hilton.

In 2009, the Community Action Board of Directors launched the Community Action Legacy Awards to honor individuals and organizations that have supported the mission and vision of CAPSBC of supporting low-income residents of San Bernardino County in achieving self-sufficiency.

These awards celebrate key members of our community, individuals and institutions whose commitment to assist their neighbors is noteworthy because it has produced tangible results over time. There are five awards that will be given:

The Legislative Advocate Award will be presented to Congressman Joe Baca, 43rd Congressional District.

This award is given to an elected official who has a distinguished record of public service to their community; who personifies professionalism and leadership; and whose passion and commitment has improved the lives of lowincome residents of San Bernardino County.

The Community Partner Award will be presented to San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Given to an organization for their generous financial of support of CAPSBC and the clients we serve. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has established a benevolent partnership with CAPSBC and their food bank over the past year.

The Venny H. Newman Humanitarian Award will be presented to Pastor Willie Ulibarri, Jr. President of Project Life Impact in San Bernardino. This award is given as a tribute to Ms. Venny Newman who has dedicated her life to advocating for the poor.

Ms. Newman was a pioneer in the establishment of the Dependency Prevention Commission at its inception in 1965, which is now Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County. For his dedication and motivation to helping the lowincome, for advocating for the disabled and while empowering them to overcome obstacles preventing them from leading full and productive lives, and for his dedication to feeding needy children, this award is given to Willie Ulibarri.

The “Helping People. Changing Lives.” Volunteer Award will be presented to Matthew Slowik, President of the Fontana Art Association.

This award is given to an individual with a passion for helping others and exemplifies the true potential of volunteerism to make a difference in their communities. This award is given to Matthew Slowik for his 25 years of public service throughout San Bernardino County. Matthew has worked tirelessly to completely renovate the Fontana Art Association (Koehler Gallery) for the benefit of today’s youth and future generations. His dedication to impacting the lives of young people in his community is commendable.

The Spirit of Hope Achievement Award will be presented to Joseph Mitchell, Industrial Support Systems. This award is given to is given to a person whose success at achieving personal goals serves as a role model for other clients and has turned hope into reality. Joseph has devoted countless hours and energy towards improvement of the quality of work life for developmentally disabled persons.

For over four decades, CAPSBC has worked diligently to meet the needs of San Bernardino County low-income residents. Our organization is charged with serving over 850,000 low-income families and individuals, elderly, homeless and disadvantaged residents annually in 78 San Bernardino County cities and communities.

In 2011, “Achieving Excellence Through Action” means CAPSBC is working in partnership with agencies and volunteers to help citizens cope with a difficult economic environment.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the 2011 Gala Event are still available.

Deadline for program sponsorships is April 29, 2011.

Deadline to RSVP for tickets is May 10, 2011.

If you would like to become a supporter of CAPSBC and our Annual Gala, please call (909) 723-1517 or email mmerrill@capsbc.sbcounty.gov or visit our website at www.capsbc.org

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