The 18th Annual Community Awards Banquet a will be in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Santa Rosa, CA, April 14, 2007 --( The South and West Area Business Association – one of the largest Sonoma County business associations announced on Wednesday April 11, 2007 that it extends a cordial invitation to The 18th Annual Community Awards Banquet celebrated on Sunday, April 29th 2007 at 6:00 pm at the Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club. As the Community Honor these Individuals:

Armando Muñiz – President World Boxing Hall of Fame
George Perez – CEO Memorial Hospital Santa Rosa
Guy Fieri – Celebrity Chef – Food Network
Julio Martinez – CEO SirReale Productions - Tecuani
Jackie Kallen – “Against the Ropes” (Movie/Book)
Randy DeCaminada – PG&E Director of Comm. Relations NorthCal
Bob St.Clair – NFL Hall of Fame
Ignacio and Edolina Alvarez – Maria’s Market
Kirk Veale – Veale Investments Properties and
Paul Nom – Nom Investments

This event was created by Gloria Machado and Terry Hilton as a means to recognize and honor individuals, organizations, and businesses who/that have made notable contributions to their communities, in particular the South and West areas of Santa Rosa. Special attention is given to those efforts that have promoted enhanced self-esteem, social responsibility, and improved quality of life, particularly among the economically disadvantaged and youth of our communities.

The inaugural banquet was held in 1989 at the old El Rancho Tropicana and attended by such celebrities and local leaders as Gene Upshaw (former co-captain of the Oakland Raiders and founder of the National Football League Player's Association), Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Ihde, Ann Engler (Chair of Sonoma County Office of Education), and Bob StClair (former captain of San Francisco 49ers and member of NFL Hall of Fame).

Since its inception, the event has continued annually in the spirit of community improvement, honoring those who have been voted by their peers to represent the best in advancing social responsibility and personal self-esteem enhancement. In 1993, Terry Hilton's invitation, Cesar Chavez joined the event and personally presented the awards to their recipients. At that time, the four Cesar Chavez awards were added to the program and presented by Cesar himself, and the event has carried his name in part ever since. The awards continue to call attention to Cesar's important work promoting and embracing ethnic diversity outside his own nationality.

Net proceeds have gone to many groups and projects helping youth and low-income families throughout South and West Santa Rosa. Among those are:

- The lights at Elsie Allen High School (the first Santa Rosa High School to have sports field lighting)
- The Patrick Scott memorial and scholarship fund
- The passing of "Patrick's Protocol" throughout the state of California
- The inception of the "Safe Walkways to School" program within the city of Santa Rosa
- Alternative Soccer League program
- Stanford University summer camps for Cook Middle School students
- Working with Paul Nom to establish the Cambodian Community Cultural Center
- Providing seniors with outdoor dining facilities at the Leisure Mobile Home Park activity center
- Creation of the International Village Parade and Festival
- Sponsoring of Mexican Independence Day celebrations and safe Cinco de Mayo celebrations
- Supporting county kids' access to musical instruments and programs through the Mr. Music Foundation
- Supporting the Alvarez family's annual Christmas Gift giveaway in Southwest Santa Rosa for over 1200 children
- Helped facilitate the drive for the construction of youth activity center in various parts of Santa Rosa, and especially the southwest

Some recipients of the awards in prior years include former Santa Rosa Mayor Sharon Wright, Carlos Tamayo (CEO of the Tortilla Factory), actors Edward James Olmos and Danny Trejo, PG&E's James Chaban, activist Ninfa Wilson, and Carnel Edwards (Elsie Allen High School's first principal), Bret Martinez from the Redwood Credit Union, Gene Benedetti to name just a few. This year's recipients as well as helping us achive great community projects are in your hands.

Whether you are able to personally attend or not, they hope you will join them in celebrating the remarkable contributions and achievements of those who are honored at this event. While many of them may prefer to remain largely anonymous, it is vital that they be held up as examples for the community in an effort to inspire others to reach out beyond their perceived limitations and bring their talents and resources to bear for the greater good of the region.

For more information please contact Terry Hilton at 707-480-4699; mail: PO Box 7933 Santa Rosa, CA 95407 or Email at RSVP NOW.

Terry Hilton