Youth of the Year recognizes the outstanding achievements of high school students. The committee pre announced this year's winner. This year's Youth of the Year is Deer Valley High School student Joshua Ruehlig. Joshua is being recognized for his church work in several charities, his school leadership positions, community work including Antioch Youth Council, Boy Scouts and other community efforts.
Also in the Youth of the Year category, nominee and Antioch High School student Jacob Dean will receive a scholarship from the Antioch Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of the Delta/Antioch. Jacob was nominated for his many community activities, especially the Web sites he developed for Friends of Animal Services and the Antioch Unified School District.
The Business of the Year award recognizes a company's contributions in developing the social and economic well being of Antioch. Delta Diablo Sanitation District was nominated for safeguarding and enhancing the environment of the communities it serves, for the volunteer work of its employees, and its educational commitments to local schools.
Kaiser Permanente was nominated for opening the new hospital on Sand Creek Road on schedule, for its dedication to working to achieve "total health" for its 115,000 East County Kaiser Permanente members, for its financial donations to community causes, and for promoting medical professions through county adult education programs and working with the new Dossier-Libby Medical High School.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company was nominated for its business energy audits, for its support of the El Campanil Theatre through upgraded, energy-efficient lighting, for its support of local organizations including the Rotary Club, and for its groundbreaking for the Gateway facility.
The Citizen of the Year is recognized for contributions in developing the social and economic well being of Antioch. There are two divisions within the Citizen of the Year category: Most Impact in 2007 and Lifetime Achievement.
Frank Giovanni was nominated for Most Impact in 2007 for stepping up to continue and improve the Delta Blues Festival after its founder was killed in a car accident a few years ago. The festival is an event in which Antioch takes great pride.
Joy Motts was nominated for Most Impact in 2007 for her volunteer work in organizations such as the Antioch Woman's Club, Rivertown Preservation Society, and in the schools, helping with the PTSA, PASS (Parents Assisting Student Success) and cleanup days at Antioch High School.
The Sports Legends Founders team of Eddie Beaudin, Jim Boccio, Leo Fontana, Tom Menasco and Dave Sanderson were nominated for Most Impact in 2007 for developing the Sports Legends section of the Antioch Historical Museum. The section is a first-class tribute to the sports heroes that put Antioch on the athletic map.
Rick Carraher was nominated for Lifetime Achievement for his many downtown activities, including the Water Front Restoration Committee, organizing the Rivertown Merchants and the Antioch Fourth of July Celebration, and especially for leading the El Campanil Theatre Preservation Foundation in its restoration of the theater and expansion of cultural activities.
Diane Gibson Gray was nominated for Lifetime Achievement for enriching the arts and cultural experience of the citizens of Antioch and stepping in to help in many local events, including Holiday DeLites and Second Saturday.
Wayne Eugene Hancock was nominated for Lifetime Achievement for his work with Compy Compomizzo, establishing and continuing the Get Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs program for kids, for his work in the California Striped Bass Association and as a founding member of Citizens for Safe Drinking Water.
Robert Kilbourne, Sr. was nominated for Lifetime Achievement for his unstinting work and selfless devotion to the Four ACS tutoring program.
Tom Menasco was nominated for Lifetime Achievement for work this year on the Sports Legends program and his dedication to the recreational activities of the City of Antioch.
Daniel Lee Soares was nominated for Lifetime Achievement for her selfless dedication in leading Scout troops, including two Cub Scout packs when an additional leader could not be found.
CoCoCopy has been selected for Delta Diablo Sanitation's Green Business Partner of the Year award. The company was selected for its environmental vision and management policy, and green business practices.
The goal of Delta Diablo Sanitation District's Environmental Business Partner Award is to foster a pollution-prevention ethic. It recognizes model pollution-prevention achievements by businesses and organizations. The award is presented annually to businesses that provide benefits to the environment through environmental policies, proper waste disposal, resource conservation and employee and public education programs.
The public is cordially invited to join the Chamber in celebrating and recognizing these special Antioch citizens, businesses and young people on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Lone Tree Golf and Event Center. Tickets are $75 each. Tables of eight are $700. To reserve your place at the gala, log on to www.antiochchamber.com or call 757-1800.