Friday, 24 May 2024

Stars winners announced at Sunday gala

KELSEYVILLE – With its largest number of nominees ever, the 10th annual Stars of Lake County Community Awards was held Sunday evening at Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa to honor those who make Lake County a special place.


Melissa Fulton, executive director of the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce, said this year the awards committee received its largest number of nominations in its 10-year history – 122 in all.


Twenty-four of the golden stars statuettes were handed out to gifted teens, dedicated lifelong volunteers, artists and youth advocates.


The list of this year's winner follows:


– Marla Ruzicka Humanitarian of the Year Award: Dr. Tony Veletto, Lakeport.


– Senior of the Year: Shari Koch, Lakeport.


– Volunteer of the Year: Margaret Medeiros, Clearlake Oaks.


– Student of the Year “Bo Tipton” Award, female: Lauren Nixon, Kelseyville; male, Jorel Allegro, Lakeport.


– Youth advocate, volunteer: Roy and Charlotte Disney, Lakeport.


– Youth advocate, profession: Mike Stempe, Kelseyville.


– Agriculture: Jim Fetzer, Nice.


– Organization, nonprofit: Meals on Wheels drivers (all county senior centers).


– Organization, volunteer: Free Kitchen Project, Lakeport.


– Environmental: Frank Meisenbach, Lower Lake.


– New business: Aero Airport Shuttle & Charter Service (Jeff and Michelle Tennison), Middletown.


– Small business: Strong Financial Network (Jennifer Strong), Lakeport.


– Large business: Piedmont Lumber (Bill and Vicky Myer), Lakeport.


– Best idea: Old Time Bluegrass Festival, Lower Lake.


– Local Hero: Sgt. Mike Hermann, Clearlake Police Department, and Lisa Denny, registered nurse, Redbud Hospital, Clearlake.


– The Arts, amateur: Cindy Car, Lakeport.


– The Arts, professional: Caroline Wing Greenlee, Kelseyville.


– Spirit of Lake County: David Neft, Middletown.


– Woman of the Year: Dr. Louise Nan, Clearlake.


– Man of the Year: John Norcio, Lakeport.


– Lifetime achievement, woman: Thelma Dangel, Kelseyville: man, Bill Cornelison, Cobb.


– Wind Beneath Our Wings Award: Melissa and John Fulton, Lakeport.


 

Check the gallery for photos of 2007 Stars!

 

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