Super Volunteer Awarded ‘Woman of the Year’; Send Us Your ‘Person of the Year’

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From left to right: Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney, Bev Lenihan, Assemblymember Paul Fong.

I knew Bev Lenihan was a busy volunteer, but I didn’t know just how busy until she was awarded—and rightfully so—”Woman of the Year” for the City of Cupertino by Assemblyman Paul Fong last week.

She was surprised by Fong at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center with a bouquet of roses and the news that he had chosen her for the honor, thanks to a nomination by Mayor Orrin Mahoney.

You can read all about Lenihan and the amazing number of community groups she is helping in this great story on Cupertino Patch (just scroll down past the subscription form).

One group Lenihan serves as a board member for is the Faith in Action Silicon Valley Rotating Shelter, which I profiled on Good Neighbor Stories last year.

Congratulations, Bev!

Send Us Your Woman/Man/Volunteer of the Year News

I am always interested in featuring news of outstanding citizens, so if your group or community is honoring someone for their service, please send me the information, along with photos, if possible.

And if you know of anyone who receives such an honor, and you’d like to see them get noticed on this site, please send along any links and contact information. Thank you!

 

 

Kindness Award For High School Seniors Catching On

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CUPERTINO — A third high school in the Fremont Union High School District is now looking to recognize seniors for kindness, alongside the usual awards for academic and sports achievements.

Lynbrook High School now has its own Sandlot Award, a spin-off from the Justin Perkins Sandlot Award begun at Monta Vista High School in 2009. It was named for the inspirational student who passed away from cancer in 2008, and is specifically designed to single out students who display kindness to their peers and the world.

Last month Good Neighbor Stories chronicled how that award evolved and is now offered to both Monta Vista and Cupertino High School students. A co-creator of the award and founder of the Sandlot Hero website, Steven Young, enlisted fellow Lynbrook alums Howard Doi and Debbie Luck, and Lynbrook ASB President Kevin Tu, to bring the award to Lynbrook.

“Lynbrook is one of those schools that is academically oriented. A lot of the awards are around academics or sports,” Doi said. The Lynbrook High School Sandlot Award will instead look for students who are helping others “because they want to, not because of the recognition. We want to find those kinds and honor them for what they do.” [Read more…]

Award Honors High School Seniors Doing Good for Others

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CUPERTINO — The old truism that “you get what you measure” holds in this high-pressure academic community, where high school students are often measured most often by their grades. Yet one local group of people is seeking to measure something different: kindness.

Since 2009 the family and friends of Albert Perkins have recognized high school seniors from Cupertino making a difference in the world with the Justin Perkins Sandlot Award. It’s named for Albert Perkins’ son Justin, a Monta Vista student and football player who died of cancer in 2008.

“The award is in honor of Justin Perkins and what he stood for in terms of helping others,” said Cathy Gatley, chairperson of the 2012 awards committee. The honor comes with a scholarship and a unique trophy created by a sculptor.

Justin Perkins was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2003 during his junior year at Monta Vista, just after the last football game of the season. [Read more…]