Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund recognizes 2022 Star Volunteers 

Posted on October 10, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund hosted the annual Sonoma Valley Star Volunteer Awards, as 37 nonprofit organizations honored 39 of Sonoma Valley’s most active and valuable community volunteers. Each Star Volunteer was presented with a special trophy and certificates of recognition from Supervisor Susan Gorin and Congressman Mike  Thompson at the event, held at Hanna Boys Center on October 9.

Nonprofit organizations who serve Sonoma Valley nominate their Star Volunteers in recognition for going above and beyond during the year. 

This year’s Star Volunteer Awards ceremony was made possible through grants from co-sponsors Community Foundation Sonoma County and the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley, and donations from  several local nonprofits and businesses.  

“Volunteers are often the unsung heroes behind the nonprofits that work to improve our quality of life in Sonoma Valley,” said Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley president Scott Murray. “The Star Volunteer Awards  are a time for the whole community to recognize these amazing people.” 

“Our co-sponsorship of the Star Awards is part of our continued partnership with the Sonoma Valley  Catalyst Fund,” Murray added. “During the Covid-19 pandemic, our two organizations worked together to  raise $200,000 in grants to small businesses impacted by the shutdowns. 

The Star Volunteer Awards began in 2008 by the Sonoma Valley Fund, a fund of Community  Foundation Sonoma County, to highlight the amazing work of Sonoma’s nonprofit community. In April, the Sonoma Valley Fund merged with the Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund, and the Star Volunteer Awards  are continuing under the newly combined organization. 

“The Star Volunteer Awards have been a tremendous celebration of the dedication, courage, and  enthusiasm that volunteers bring to our community,” said CFSC’s Director of Communications Caitlin Childs. “We are thrilled that this legacy continues under the Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund’s leadership.”

“We are honored and privileged to continue supporting the Catalyst Fund in Sonoma Valley,” added CFSC’s Interim CEO, Sheryl Alexander. “The members of the Catalyst Fund are committed to better  understanding the needs and providing resources and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for  people living there. We are very grateful for their thoughtful diligence and dedication to Sonoma Valley  through their work.” 

The event was attended by nonprofit leaders and friends and family members of the awardees. The event was recorded and live-streamed by SonomaTV. To view a recording of the awards ceremony please visit its webpage.

2022 Star Volunteer Award Recipients: 

Art Escape — Katherine Fonseca 

The Botanical Bus — Kim Lydon 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley — Cathy Williamson 

Cancer Support Sonoma — Susan Murray 

Creative Bridges — Lisa Carlsson 

Farm to Pantry — Amelia Belle & Bob Rudolf 

Food for All / Comida para Todos — Laura Ramirez Navarro 

Friends In Sonoma Helping — Beverly Koepplin 

Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library — Janet Constantino 

Homeless Action Sonoma, Inc. — Sierra Nadeau 

Impact 100 Sonoma — Dana Simpson-Stokes 

Jack London Park Partners — Liz Fisher 

Kid Scoop News — Martha Leticia Flores 

La Luz Center — Ana Rios 

Pets Lifeline — Jon Foreman 

Robert Ferguson Observatory — Allen Barrett 

Sebastiani Theatre Foundation — Rose Mary Schmidt 

Seeds of Learning — Allyson Etherington 

Sonoma Arts Live — Monica McKey 

Sonoma Botanical Garden — Alan Porter 

Sonoma Community Center — Janet Nusbaum 

Sonoma Ecology Center — Mark Gonzalves 

Sonoma International Film Festival — Nancy Boerum (pictured above, at the October 9 event)

The Sonoma League for Historic Preservation — Michael Studebaker 

Sonoma Overnight Support — Patti England 

Sonoma Plein Air Foundation — Ellen Hoover 

Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce — Tami Cotter 

Sonoma Valley Collaborative – Fred Allebach 

Sonoma Valley Community Communications – KSVY — Marcia Macomber 

Sonoma Valley Community Health Center — Garland Lamb

Sonoma Valley Education Foundation — Laura Stanfield & Megan Kaplan 

Sonoma Valley Historical Society — Kate Schertz 

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance — Marianne Mullins 

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art — Gary Seifer 

Sweetwater Spectrum — Carola McAndrew  

Transcendence Theatre Company — Cindy Belluomini 

Valley of the Moon Music Festival — Barbara Insel 

Vintage House — Richard Smith 

Group photo credit: Melania Mahoney Photography

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