The Pleasanton Weekly, Tri-Valley Views, San Ramon Express and Danville Express recognized the unsung heroes of the Tri-Valley this year, honoring eight individuals and groups that make a difference in our community.
From grassroots community organizers to a Rotarian and pilot who shuttles needy families great distances to receive medical treatment, there are many heroes among us. Each was showcased in a series of articles in the Pleasanton Weekly and online at PleasantonWeekly.com, Tri-ValleyViews.com SanRamonExpress.com and DanvilleExpress.com during the holiday season; to learn more about the heroes in our midst, click the links below.
Want to nominate a local hero for next year's award or sponsor a category? Email Publisher Gina Channell-Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arts and Culture
Danville's Jeff Seaberg was honored for promoting the arts through theatre camps and local productions, including "Wigged Out."
Chris Miller, a Pleasanton resident and Vietnam veteran, was honored for his work creating the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group and spearheading the Yellow Banner Project on Main Street.
Cancer survivor Sandra J. Wing was lauded for her courage in the face of illness and her work to found the Healing Therapies Foundation, which helps cancer patients pay for alternative healing therapies such as acupressure.
Sustainable Danville Area was co-founded by residents looking to provide a local resource for information on a variety of sustainable practices. The group also participates in fruit gleanings for the needy and spearheaded a bicycle parking study in downtown Danville.
The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District has been bestowed various awards for its CPR smartphone application, which alerts nearby citizens trained in CRP to a victim of cardiac arrest. The app is now in use in several Bay Area counties as well as a handful of out-of-state cities.
Amador High School senior Claire Williams has a heart for service and has volunteered more than 700 hours to create the "Read to a Teen" program, where students in grades 1-4 read to volunteer teenagers every Sunday to improve their reading skills.
Model and Youtube sensation Cassandra Bankson showed bravery and a genuine desire to help others with acne gain confidence through her personal videos and tutorials on Youtube. With the hope that sharing her message and struggles could "just one person," Cassandra has changed lives and perceptions while advocating for inner beauty.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Pleasanton resident Bob Tocknutt has donated an extraordinary amount of time, energy and money to help people in the Tri-Valley and those well beyond the Valley borders. Whether it's flying a search-and-rescue mission or transporting a sick child to a hospital or giving a speech, the Rotarian and Past Captain of the Alameda County Sheriff's Air Squadron is always ready to lend a helping hand.