Tri-Valley Heroes awards go to 8 'dedicated' community leaders, organizations for service throughout region

Families, supporters jam Pleasanton Hilton Hotel ceremony for presentations by Pleasanton Weekly, online publications

The Pleasanton Weekly and its sister online publications -- Dublin Tri-Valley Views, San Ramon Express and Danville Express -- presented their first-ever Tri-Valley Heroes awards Monday night as nearly 100 family members and community supporters cheered those receiving the special honors.

Gina Channell-Allen, president of Embarcadero Media's East Bay division and publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly, said the awards were a salute to the community members and organizations "whose dedication to bettering the lives of local residents has helped make the Tri-Valley the special place it is today."

"After fielding over 75 nominations, our panel of "hero" judges bestowed awards in eight separate categories," Channell-Allen said.

The Tri-Valley Heroes 2012 "Lifetime Achievement" award went to Robert "Bob" Tucknott of Pleasanton, a well-known Rotarian who has served as a community leader and past captain of the Alameda County Sheriff's Air Squadron helping support law enforcement. He also 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.

Others honored at the Tuesday night ceremony, by category, were:

* 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.

Two Heroes will be profiled each Friday, Nov. 23 to Dec. 14, in the Pleasanton Weekly and Embarcadero's online publications serving Danville, Dublin and San Ramon.


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Posted by Snapshot
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 20, 2012 at 10:37 am

Congratulations to everyone. A well deserved honor to all. Thanks for all you do for your communities.

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Posted by Ptown native
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Congratulations to Chris Miller and all of the hero's who
hold our 'still small' valley together in a wholesome way.
We honor you!

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Posted by Natalie
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

Congratulations to all of our Hometown Hero's.
We enjoyed the reception, nicely put together.
Congrats to Bob Tucknott for a Lifetime Achievement Award! Thank you for all you do for so many others in need!

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Posted by Dorene Paradiso-Carroll
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Congratulations to both Chris Miller; a true Hometown Hero and to Bob Tucknott for his Lifetime Achievement Award. You two are greatly appreciated as fine American Patriots.
Thank You, Dorene

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