34th Annual Volunteer Awards Celebration
Friday, November 5, 2021
3:00 - 4:00 PM PST
2021 Volunteers of the Year | Lifetime Achievement Award | Corporate Leadership Awards | Sponsors | Celebration in a Box
Volunteer Awards Celebration YouTube Broadcast – Watch it, again!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's 34th Annual Volunteer Awards Celebration on Friday, November 5, 2021. Whether you were a sponsor, a "Volunteer of the Year", one of our members honoring one of their volunteers, one of our volunteers who packed up or delivered the "Celebration in a Box", part of the production team or anyone in between, we could not have done it without you!
For more than three decades, we have come together as a community of volunteers, philanthropists, business leaders, and nonprofit professionals with the commitment to sharing our time, talent, and treasure at the North County Philanthropy Council (NCPC) Volunteer Awards Celebration and this year was no exception albeit virtual for the second year in a row. We were still able to make one day extra special for 126 individuals who make our lives better year round.
Please watch the recording above and be inspired by the incredible volunteers who are our friends, family and neighbors - the heroes of our community!
Honorees are our Heroes
Volunteers of the Year
|Organization / Company||2021 Honoree|
|A Step Beyond||Claire Scheper|
|Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation||Shell Durham|
|Allgire Foundation||Hernan Cedillo|
|Alzheimer's Association, San Diego & Imperial Chapter||Susan Bos|
|Alzheimer's San Diego||Carol Genf|
|Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton||George Rhea|
|Assistance League of Inland North County||Debbie Gemmill|
|Assistance League of North Coast||Sondra Peppe|
|Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito||Wendy Morris|
|BIPOC Support Foundation (BSF)||Abby Reynolds|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside||Executive Committee|
|Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos||Alice Olsen|
|Boys & Girls Club of Vista||Geraldine "Gerry" Conrad|
|California Center for the Arts, Escondido||Randy Shannahan|
|California State University San Marcos||Sarah Aragon|
|Canine Companions||Karen Wulfert|
|Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, The||Justin Frank|
|Carlsbad Educational Foundation||Alan Lewis|
|Casa de Amistad||Richard Lai Fatt|
|Casa de Amparo||Theresa Akatiff|
|Catalent Pharma Solutions San Diego||Sara Stanley|
|Center for Community Solutions||Lisa Quinto|
|City of Carlsbad - in memoriam||Theodore Spriggs, Jr.|
|Coastal Community Foundation||Dr. Nancy Giberson|
|Coastal Roots Farm||Hannah Yellen|
|Community HousingWorks||Isabel Anderson|
|Community Resource Center||Katrina Dodson|
|Computers 2 Kids||Ruth Cornett|
|Diabetes Research Connection||Sherry Ahern|
|Dr. Bronners||Bertine Kabellis|
|ElderHelp of San Diego||Dawn Saad|
|Elizabeth Hospice, The||Wendy Yates|
|Equation Collaborative||Nicole Waniewski|
|Escondido Community Child Development Center||Cecilia Lusky|
|Escondido Community Foundation, The||Emily Lowe|
|Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE)||Mar Delacruz|
|Fallbrook Food Pantry||Jim Mauritz|
|Foundation for Developmental Disabilities||Angela McNeece|
|Foundation for Senior Wellbeing, The||Rachel & Evie Currington|
|Foundation for Women Warriors||Jennifer Givens|
|Girl Scouts San Diego||Kristin Newman|
|Girls on the Run San Diego||Jenny Avalos|
|Grauer School, The||Dr. Dylan Steer|
|Hands of Peace||Kathy and Dennis Reese|
|Hannah's Family Center||Susan Schindelar|
|Interfaith Community Services||Grab 'n Go Breakfast Team|
|Ivey Ranch Park Association||Rosella Childers|
|Jewish Family Service of San Diego||Barbara Takashima|
|Kids for Peace||Richard Tubbs|
|Meals on Wheels San Diego County||Jim Sharp|
|Mitchell Thorp Foundation||Kurt Ergene|
|Museum of Making Music||Brian Donaldson|
|Nature Collective||Susie Hedrick|
|Neighborhood Healthcare||Missy Pershin|
|New Haven Youth & Family Services||Nicole White|
|North Coast Repertory Theatre||Joydelee Marrow|
|North County African American Women's Association||Rob Howard|
|North County Cancer Fitness||Cindy Hellmann|
|North County Food Bank||Dan Sargent|
|North County Lifeline||Sam Brown|
|Oceanside Community Foundation, The||Bev Holtz|
|Oceanside Museum of Art||Tish Gallagher|
|Oncology and Kids||Lexi Quintero|
|Operation HOPE - North County||Vickie Lancaster|
|Palomar Family Counseling Service, Inc.||Timothy Perkins|
|Palomar Health||William Woodward|
|Pro Kids, First Tee - San Diego||Maralee O'Meara|
|Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation||Debbie Kurth|
|Rancho Coastal Humane Society||Karen Zinser|
|Rancho Santa Fe Foundation||Bill Davidson|
|REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program||Karen Koklich|
|San Diego Children's Discovery Museum||Steve Hermes|
|San Diego Futures Foundation||Gladys Caraballo|
|San Diego Gas & Electric||Jennifer Hall|
|San Diego Habitat for Humanity||Charles Broom|
|San Diego Oasis||Carolyn (Lyn) Earl|
|San Diego Social Venture Partners||Joyce Ross|
|San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy||National Charity League San Dieguito Chapter|
|San Marcos Community Foundation||Lionel Burton (in memoriam)|
|San Marcos Promise, The||Tiffany English|
|Scatena Daniels Communications||Denise Scatena|
|Solutions for Change||Sunder Ashwath|
|Support The Enlisted Project (STEP)||Lindsay Edwards|
|Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary||Bunny McElliott|
|United Way of San Diego County||Tony Russell|
|Veterans Association of North County||Mike Gibbons|
|Vista Community Clinic||Mark Satuloff|
|Wells Fargo Bank||Ruben Palafox|
|Women's Resource Center||Lisa Crouch|
|Words Alive||Jim McIlhon|
Lifetime Achievement Award
Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
NCPC presented its first NCPC Lifetime Achievement Award to Christy Wilson, President & CEO of Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, having served in the role for almost 25 years.
- created programs like The Patriots Connection, North County Senior Connections, and North County COVID19 Response Fund to bring together philanthropists and address our community needs
- given over $108 million in grantmaking since 2001
- and grown to more than $150 million in assets.
Throughout the years, Christy has served on countless committees and speaker panels. She is a member of AFP, NCPC, Catalyst of San Diego and Imperial Counties, the National Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, and the League of CA Community Foundations.
NCPC is honored to celebrate the incredible impact her leadership has had on San Diego philanthropy!
Corporate & Leadership Awards
Thank you for supporting the NCPC 2021 Volunteer Awards Celebration. Congratulations to all of the 2021 Corporate & Leadership Awards Nominees.
Corporate Philanthropy Award:
- Callaway Golf Company and Callaway Golf Foundation
This award is presented to a corporation, business, or employee-managed grant-making fund that has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility to North County. To be considered the following must be demonstrated:
- Makes a lasting, significant and measurable impact in North County
- Holds volunteer leadership positions in North County nonprofit organizations and encourages others to take philanthropic roles on a community level
- Exhibits unusual service or generosity
- Demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their company as well as in their partnerships with nonprofits
- Provides significant financial and volunteer support to North County nonprofits.
Spirit of Carol Sigelman Award:
- Jolyn Parker, VP External Relations, San Diego Oasis
As a tribute to the life and work of Carol Sigelman, former NCPC board member and friend, this award is presented to a development professional in North San Diego County who exemplifies the passion, integrity, wisdom and humor that Carol brought to all of us, as well as demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their development and communications activities at their nonprofit. Carol’s motto was “Get the job done – and done well”.
Year after year, we rely on the support of our incredibly generous sponsors to not only provide funding to celebrate the volunteer heroes of our community, but also to reassure the continuation of our professional development programs, connectors, and mentorship program throughout the year. When you invest in NCPC, you help inspire organizations and business to come together to strengthen and uplift our community.
Join our current sponsors: Wells Fargo, Nordson Corporation, Leichtag Foundation, Netzel Grisgsby, and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservatory as we prepare to be inspired by the stories and passion of this year's volunteer heroes!
There are many benefits to sponsoring the 2021 Volunteer Awards Celebration.
View the 2021 Volunteer Awards Celebration Sponsor Benefits chart for a full listing.
Friends of Philanthropy Sponsors
The Raymond Group
Celebration in a Box
The 2021 Celebration in a Box will cost $125 for a Box for 2. We encourage all organizations to purchase for their honoree as a gift and a way for them to celebrate this special event. Boxes are also available for "watch" parties with colleagues, friends and family.
- An Artisanal Tea Experience featuring five special blends from Bliss Tea & Treats including Hope, Love, Happy Place, Creme Brulee and one surprise blend that you are sure to enjoy.
- Custom tea cups
- Tasty treats
- Heart-shaped tea steeper
- San Diego Business Journal Giving Guide to Nonprofits
- Directions for watching on Zoom together
- Honoree’s trophy (if applicable)
Bliss Tea & Treats was born from founder Rushelle Gordon’s love of traveling and discovering relaxing tea experiences around the world. Her goal is to create a space where people can connect on and offline. At NCPC, Community and Connectivity are part of our core values so we are thrilled to be able to partner with Rushelle who also happens to be an NCPC member through her membership with North County African American Woman’s Association. Bliss Tea & Treats is a place where genuine customer care is their highest mission. They pledge to provide the finest tea experiences and products, and each guest will always enjoy a warm, relaxed ambiance. We believe this year’s Celebration in a Box will provide you with these same benefits.
Tea is more than simply a drink – it’s an experience. We encourage you to experience this Celebration in a Box with your "Volunteers of the Year" who are much more than a volunteer, they are true treasure.
Box for 2 = $125
Discounted rate for multiple boxes: 2-4 Boxes for 2 = $120 each
5 Boxes and above = $110 each
The Celebration in a Box will be open for purchase through October 4.
The Celebration in a Box will include a copy of the 2021 San Diego Business Journal's Giving Guide.
View the 2020 SDBJ Giving Guide
To learn more please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Watch the Broadcast
The 2020 Volunteer Awards Celebration was a free, feel-good event that put hope back in your heart, restored your faith in humanity, and undoubtedly inspired you. We were so excited to have presented our 33rd annual Volunteer Awards and our first-ever virtual broadcast when we will honor 94 remarkable volunteers from our community plus our Corporate and Leadership Award honorees. Watch it again!
We hope you enjoyed this virtual event with us!
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