CITIZEN OF THE YEAR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RICHARD MCKAY: If you were to look up the word “VOLUNTEER” in the Webster's Dictionary, you would find this man's photo and name. From his time with the Ceres Police Department and the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, where he retired as a Captain, this man continued to go above and beyond his duties. He volunteered as president of the Stanislaus County Peace Officers Association (twice); served as the Stanislaus County retirees Association president; and was president of the California Chapter of the FBI Academy. He is currently a Creative Alternatives Board Director. Over the years this man has provided guidance and advice to many Ceres police officers, council members and mayors. As a member of the Ceres Lions Club for more than 50 years, he has served as president of the local club, as well as in the district serving as Zone Chairman and Regional Chairman. He has twice been nominated and awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow given for dedicated humanitarian services from the Lions Club International Foundation. Working behind the scenes, this man has continually volunteered for countless activities at Ceres High School including the Boosters Club and Leadership and has been a chaperone too many times to count for different events including trips to Disneyland and Senior Grad Night. He even taught golf at Ceres High for a stint when needed, simply because he was asked and it is not in his nature to say no to help anyone. He has been involved for 40 plus years with his local Ceres church, Harvest Presbyterian, serving as a deacon and senior advisor for many years. He has helped with a variety of projects including chicken barbecues, long-term planning, and anything else he is asked to do. That is why anytime anyone needs help with a project this is one of the first people they call. He and his wife, Isabell, have instilled in their kids that same drive to serve their community, and as a family they have pledged and given thousands of hours of service to Ceres. He is a wonderful father and grandfather, and a great husband instilling traditional family values onto his kin.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
LONNY DAVIS: "A true credit to the Ceres community, Lonny is the owner and operator of Davis Guest Home, serving 180 chronically mentally ill people. Lonny's passion however, is providing dignity through mobility to the disabled poor in the developing world. For many years Lonny participated in wheelchairs with Hope Haven International. Fifteen years ago, he began coordinating distributions in the Ceres/Modesto area, now known as Hope Haven West. New and used wheelchairs destined for the landfill are collected using a large network of volunteers. Lonny is responsible for providing the precious gift of mobility to 10,000 people in the past 10 years. Lonny is a past-president and active member of Ceres Rotary, serves on the Stanislaus County homeless task force, is a member of the Ceres Police Department's Community advisory council and contributes financially to many worthy local charities."
YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
MICHAEL THOMPSON: "Michael has been an active participant & honorary member of the Ceres Woman's Club. He is a member of the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps, and was recognized by the U.S. Congress for receiving the "Navy Sea Cadet of the Year." He has maintained exceptional straight A grades while at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High School, receiving the Presidential Academics Award. Michael is an exceptional young man, now a student at Central Valley High School, who has a very bright future. He loves his community and is always willing to volunteer his time for service, whether it is volunteering for Love Ceres or as a server at the Ceres VFW Crab Feed. He has logged over 100 hours of community service in Ceres annually. He has also received the Navy Honor Cadet Ribbon, an American Legion School Award, the Academic Pentathalon Award for being a great team member and helping others, the Honor Band Excellence Award and several 1st place awards in agriculture. Finally, he has won the school Science Olympiad 2nd, 3rd & 4th place ribbons, respectively."
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
LISA MANTARRO-MOORE: "Wherever there is a cause to be met, you will often find Lisa Mantarro-Moore. She has been involved in managing the Ceres Street Faire for nearly 15 years, the Whitmore Mansion Foundation for the past 5 years helping to preserve a key historical building for Ceres, and recently served as chair of the Ceres Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee to educate citizens on increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax. Lisa is the kind of person that when you call on her, she is willing to help in any way she can. She is an actively involved parent always assisting Ceres High School, where her son attends. Lisa's love and passion for her community extends beyond the boundaries of our community. She also serves as a board member of the Stanislaus County Family Justice Center Foundation, which aids victims of violent crimes, domestic violence, sex crimes and crimes against children. Lisa Mantarro-Moore is the epitome of Volunteerism."
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
EXIT REALTY CONSULTANTS: "Since opening its doors in 2011, EXIT Realty Consultants has been extremely involved and vested in the Ceres community. Franchise owner/broker, Kris Klair, has established this growing business following the premise that giving back to the communities EXIT serves is essential. EXIT Realty donates a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity. They do this because they believe everyone should have an affordable, healthy and safe place to call home. For the past three years, the EXIT Giving Tree program has provided over 250 Christmas gifts for children identified by the Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children. EXIT Realty also holds an annual BBQ in October for Breast Cancer Awareness raising proceeds to benefit the Bill & Elsie Ahlem Cancer Foundation at Emmanuel Medical Center in Turlock. As a Chamber member, their agents can often be found attending various Chamber events and supporting local functions and/or programs."
DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
SOLE SAVER SHOE REPAIR: "I am nominating Sole Save Shoe Repair for the great service that Frank Cardenas provides. He not only fixes shoes and boots, but he repairs baseball gloves, belts, handbags and more. He is the old-fashioned shoe repair guy that I remember as a kid. He even shines your shoes for you. It's no surprise walking in on Frank during the summer and the baseball game is on the television. His service is great and he always finds a way to help with repairs."
SUPERIOR FRUIT RANCH: "Sid Long and his son, Scott, know farming. The should since they are third and fourth generation farmers and owners of Superior Fruit Ranch. Started as a rain-fed grain farm in 1906, the company started farming peaches in the 1920s and has since been a provider of peaches to the world. As the years have progressed, the industry has changed and Superior Fruit Ranch, like other ranches, has weathered good days and bad. Even faced with many challenges like immigration reform, droughts, new technologies, an up-and-down economy, new labor laws and so much more, the Longs have not swayed from being a productive business of the Ceres community. And through it all, Superior Fruit Ranch and the Longs are always giving back to the community, whether its contributing to fundraising efforts for the high schools or helping develop the school district's Agriculture Center, participating in events sponsored by the Lions Club or contributing to the Ceres Chamber's events and programs."
SERVICE CLUB OF THE YEAR
CENTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES - CERES PARTNERSHIP: "Ceres Partnership serves Ceres families on a daily basis, providing emergency services, food, clothing and utility assistance, to name just a few. Ceres Partnership works to strengthen family opportunities by providing services like school readiness classes, nutrition classes, art classes and a "parent cafe." Additionally, Ceres Partnership partners with other community groups and businesses to serve and strengthen the community including providing a Thanksgiving Dinner to nearly 500 individuals and families, a Giving Tree that provides gifts to hundreds of children, a Community Baby Shower during Love Ceres, and food boxes for families."