Pleasanton: Chamber Celebrates with Annual Community Service Awards | New

The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce honored several local residents and businesses that contribute positively to the town at its 58th annual community service awards ceremony on Monday.

The awards ceremony, which dates back to 1963, aims to recognize “individuals, groups and companies who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in business, volunteer activities and achievement in Pleasanton”, according to a press release ahead of the event, which took place at the Callippe Preserve Golf Course in Pleasanton.

Herb Ritter, former chairman of the Pleasanton Planning Commission, presented the City Initiative Award on behalf of the chamber’s Community Foundation to the city’s “Downtown Transportation Corridor” project.

According to the chamber, the award differs from other awards that recognize the achievements of individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. Instead, he acknowledged the city’s proposed capital investment expansion of the transportation corridor between Bernal Avenue and Abbie Street, which adds 81 additional parking spaces to the downtown parking lot.

The expanded parking lot, which just opened to the public on Wednesday, has been hailed as “an outstanding project or program by the Town of Pleasanton that improves the quality of life in our community,” city officials said. bedroom.

Past recipients of the award have gone to the Pioneer Cemetery, Firehouse Arts Center, Regional Food Storage Facility, Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center Renovation and other city-led projects , depending on the room.

“An important element of this project are the sustainability measures that have been implemented. In the parking lot, three electric vehicle charging stations have been installed to allow up to five spaces to be charged,” according to the chamber. “The base pavement materials in all parking areas are 100% recycled material, the asphalt pavement is 20% recycled material, and drought-tolerant landscaping has been planted.”

Kim Damiani, financial adviser at Summit Financial Group, presented the other awards as Chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.

Service Excellence: Alan Hu Foundation. After parents Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu lost their 15-year-old son Alan to suicide in 2018, they sought to channel that grief by establishing the Alan Hu Foundation.

The foundation was created to help others like the Amador Valley High School alum who struggle with mental illness and to help “promote mental health, raise awareness and eliminate the stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, and support basic research for remedies.

“During Alan’s memorial service, although overwhelmed with grief, Xiaofang vowed to establish the Alan Hu Foundation to honor his son,” according to the script for the event. “She wanted to help those who suffer from mental illness, as well as support their families. In four short years, she achieved these goals by focusing on the mission of the foundation.”

Corporate philanthropy: Nina Pomeroy Photography. Pomeroy is a Pleasanton-based head photographer who, in addition to donating her time to local charities and nonprofits, does a lot of photography work with veterans.

One of the organizations she works with is Portraits for Patriots, a national organization that enables photographers to work with veterans and provide professional portraits to transitioning military members.

She’s the organization’s only volunteer photographer in the Greater Bay Area, which means she’s had attendees travel to her studio from all over the state.

Pomeroy plans to move her photography business to a larger studio in downtown Pleasanton as soon as she hopes to expand her work and continue to provide photography services to the community, according to the chamber.

“I can honestly say that what I do is never ‘work,'” she said in a statement. “Life is not worth living without giving back.”

Distinguished Individual Service: Ken Mano. Mano has lived in Pleasanton since 1971 with his wife, Carolyn. They have six children who are all graduates of Amador Valley.

According to the chamber, there are many reasons Ken Mano received the award on Monday, but some of his favorites are his dedication as a scout leader and his time coaching volleyball at Amador.

He is also a member of the Twin Valley District committee for the Boy Scouts of America as publicity chairman and he is a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which visits nonprofits. in the Bay Area to provide humanitarian grants to the homeless, abused women, refugees and food insecure.

Apart from that, he was the blood drive coordinator for the American Red Cross for 10 years and during the pandemic he coordinated volunteers to help with food distribution. He is also on the Thanksgiving Dinner Committee, which helps those in need with St. Raymond’s Catholic Church.

Business Excellence (Small Business): Schlicher Orthodontics. Will Schlicher said he “really appreciates the opportunity to help kids, teens and adults love their smile.” That’s why his orthodontic services are recognized – for the extra mile he goes to make his patients happy.

“I love making people smile. It’s so cool to see the joy and confidence when a patient sees their new smile at the end of their treatment,” he told the chamber. “I love the challenges of designing a treatment plan to effectively move teeth, then partnering with my patients to deliver stunning results.”

Having started in 2008, Schlicher moved her business to a larger location on Stoneridge Drive in 2017. According to the chamber, it’s more than orthodontics for her team – it’s about engaging with patients” in a way that creates a practice where patients feel heard, respected and encouraged.”

They do this by handing out goody bags when people have their braces removed, supporting schools with donations, organizing toy drives, and collecting donations for those in need.

Business Excellence (Large Business): Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies. Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies is an innovative technology development company in the field of industrial robots. The company focuses on industrial automation and robotics, including software and visual guidance.

According to the scenario of the event, the company’s mission is to improve lives and contribute to a better society. It was established in 1933 in Kyoto, Japan and today has over 29,000 group employees and net sales totaling over $750 billion.

The company has been recognized for its academic collaborations with area middle and high schools, such as when it sponsored and supported the Foothill High School Robotics Club, creating a talent pool for intern and career placement.

It has also partnered with the Pleasanton Unified School District Disabled Adult Internship Program. Company employees also recently packed 9,600 meals for the Pleasanton nonprofit Kids Against Hunger.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly mentioned Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies. The Pleasanton Weekly regrets the error.

Norma P. Rex