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Pleasanton chamber announces Community Service Award winners

56th annual ceremony set for next month at Firehouse

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its 2019 Community Service Awards ahead of the award ceremony taking place next month at the Firehouse Arts Center.

The awards serve to honor "deserving individuals, groups and businesses who have demonstrated excellence and community leadership in business, volunteer activities and achievement within the Pleasanton community," according to chamber officials.

This year's winners will receive their awards during a presentation at the downtown Pleasanton theater on March 25. That night, the chamber will also hand out its inaugural Chevron Fuel Your School Teacher Award the recipient of which has not been revealed.

The 56th annual Community Services Awards are going to the following recipients:

* Business Philanthropy: Black Tie Transportation and Omni Fight Club. "For businesses that have provided philanthropic service beyond the scope of normal business activity."

* Excellence in Business: Ogden Costa Creative Group. "For businesses that have made a positive impact in the Pleasanton community through their achievement within the scope of normal business activity."

* Distinguished Individual Service: Joe Carlucci and Susan Hayes. "For individuals who have contributed to Pleasanton through exceptional service to the community or philanthropic efforts." Carlucci is a longtime leader with the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation and Stanford-ValleyCare's auxiliary program. Hayes has been an nonprofit supporter and community volunteer for many years, including now on the city's Human Services Commission.

* Excellence in Service: Sunflower Hill. "For organizations that have contributed to Pleasanton." Sunflower Hill is a Tri-Valley organization focused on residential and vocational opportunities for local adults with special needs.

* Green Business: Sabio on Main. "For businesses that promote sustainable environmental business practices throughout their organization for the benefit of employees, customers or the community."

* Lifetime Achievement: Ted C. Fairfield. "For individuals who have contributed to Pleasanton through exceptional service to the community or philanthropic efforts over the whole of a career." Formerly managing partner at civil engineering firm MacKay & Somps, Fairfield worked in Pleasanton for a number of years and served the community as interim city engineer, on ValleyCare board and as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton.

The chamber is also going to present its inaugural Chevron Fuel Your School Teacher Award, a partnership with Chevron Corp. aiming to honor a Pleasanton Unified School District teacher. Chevron's Fuel Your School program helps fund classroom projects posted by K-12 public school teachers. The recipient has not been announced.

The award ceremony will kick off at 6 p.m. March 25 at the Firehouse and will also feature a hosted bar, heavy appetizers and a silent auction. The event costs $35 per person to attend, with tickets available at www. pleasanton.org.

Event sponsors are the Alameda County Fair, Chevron, Golden 1 Credit Union and Stanford-Valley Care. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities remain available. For more information, contact the chamber at 846-5858.

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