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Sonoma County Gazette
Merit Awards

City of Santa Rosa Honors 13 Recipients
with 36th Annual Merit Awards

Apr 28, 2017


The City of Santa Rosa honored many extraordinary individuals and organizations for their volunteerism in serving the community and improving quality of life in Santa Rosa on April 24, 2017, at City Hall. .

Awards were presented in 5 categories. Below are the recipients to be honored:


Santa Rosa Parks Foundation: For support of City parks and outstanding fundraising efforts resulting in a new train engine at Howarth Park.

NEIGHBORHOOD ENRICHMENT – Strengthening our neighborhoods

Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Alliance: For their vision and hard work in creating and maintaining Santa Rosa’s first public bicycle pump track at Northwest Community Park.

Raízes Collective: For their dedication to empowering youth through artistic, cultural and environmental programs.

CULTURAL ENRICHMENT – Expanding and enriching the artistic & historical culture

Santa Rosa High School Museum: In recognition of the volunteer efforts to create this unique museum and preserve Santa Rosa’s local history.

Zack Rhodes: In recognition of his vision in creating and facilitating the community art program FreeArtFridaySR.

Nancy Wang: For her remarkable service with the Redwood Empire Chinese Association and her other ongoing volunteer efforts in the community.

 First United Methodist Spirit Café

COMMUNITY SERVICES – Serving others, particularly young people, seniors & those in need

First United Methodist Spirit Café: In recognition of its ongoing commitment to serving meals to the hungry and homeless in Santa Rosa.

Joey R. Chasse: Outstanding efforts with Schools of Hope, Marine Corps League and Coats for Vets.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation Saturday Breakfast: For serving the community through a weekly meal for approximately 175 people who are experiencing homelessness.

Jeanne-Marie Jones: In recognition of over 25 years of volunteer work, including 15 years as Director, at F.I.S.H. food pantry, serving those in need.

Welfare League: For the tireless volunteer efforts at the Welfare League Thrift Store and ongoing community programs.

Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East: In recognition of its members’ philanthropic and volunteer efforts in community and youth programs.


Sally Mullen: For 25 years of dedicated service on the City of Santa Rosa Merit Awards Committee.

Since 1978, the City’s annual Merit Awards have acknowledged and celebrated the outstanding work being done to strengthen neighborhoods, serve people in need, expand our artistic and historical culture and beautify the community.       


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