This year's honorees, by category, are:
* Arts and Culture: Jeff Seaberg, Danville -- Actor, director and children's theater teacher
* Community Spirit: Chris Miller, Pleasanton -- Pleasanton Military Families founder and veterans' advocate.
* Courage: Sandra J. Wing, Pleasanton -- Cancer survivor and founder of Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, which offers support to Tri-Valley cancer residents.
* Environmental Stewardship: Sustainable Danville Area -- Encourages sustainable programs that support a healthy quality of life and a strong local economy.
* Innovation: San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District -- Conceived of and piloted the PulsePoint cell phone application, which alerts CPR-trained residents when a person is suffering from sudden cardiac arrest nearby.
* Role Model: Cassandra Bankson, Danville -- Severely bullied as a child because of her extreme cystic acne, and now a professional model, Bankson is helping others who suffer from acne to look their best.
* Rising Star: Claire Williams, Pleasanton -- Created the Read-to-a-Teen program, in which teen volunteers help young students become more confident in their reading ability and build comprehension skills.
* The 2012 Lifetime Achievement award will recognize Robert "Bob" Tucknott, Pleasanton, who has served as a community leader and past captain of the Alameda County Sheriff's Air Squadron helping support law enforcement, and is a pilot with Angel Flight, which arranges free air transportation via private aircraft for those in medical and financial need so they can travel to access healthcare.
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