This year's winners will receive their awards during a presentation at the Firehouse Arts Center on March 23.
The 57th annual Community Services Awards will go to:
Business Philanthropy: UNCLE Credit Union. "For businesses that have provided philanthropic service beyond the scope of normal business activity."
Excellence in Business: BumbleBee Marketing Services. "For businesses that have made a positive impact in the Pleasanton community through their achievement within the scope of normal business activity."
Green Business: East Bay Regional Park District. "For businesses that promote sustainable environmental business practices throughout their organization for the benefit of employees, customers or the community."
Excellence in Service: Spectrum Community Services. "For organizations that have contributed to Pleasanton." Spectrum is a nonprofit that assists low-income individuals, families and seniors in the Tri-Valley -- most notably by administering the local Meals on Wheels program.
Distinguished Individual Service: Bernie Billen. "For individuals who have contributed to Pleasanton through exceptional service to the community or philanthropic efforts." Noted for her community spirit ever since she moved to Pleasanton in the 1970s, Billen has been dedicated to organizations and activities such as the Pleasanton Downtown Association, the city's Centennial Celebration in 1994, the Pleasanton-Tulancingo Sister City Association and now Hively.
Chevron Fuel Your School Teacher Award: Jonathan Grantham. Given to a standout Pleasanton Unified School District teacher, the award this year honors Grantham for his dedication as director of bands for Amador Valley High School, a comprehensive program with 350 participating students involved in different types of bands and ensembles.
Lifetime Achievement: Vic Malatesta. "For individuals who have contributed to Pleasanton through exceptional service to the community or philanthropic efforts over the whole of a career." Malatesta owned and operated Vic's All Star Kitchen in downtown for 25 years until recently selling the restaurant to enjoy retirement. A longtime supporter of Foothill High School athletics, Malatesta also previously chaired the PDA, the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Pleasanton.
The award ceremony will kick off at 6 p.m. March 23 at the Firehouse and will also feature a hosted bar, heavy appetizers and a silent auction. The event costs $40 per person to attend, with tickets available at www.pleasanton.org.
Event sponsors are Amos Productions, Black Tie Transportation, Cellar Door, Chevron, Golden 1 Credit Union and Moving Perceptions. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities remain available. For more information, contact the chamber at 846-5858.
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