Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards to be presented June 20Friends and family members are invited to a champagne reception on June 20 at Pleasanton's Museum On Main to honor the recipients of this year's Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards: Chuck Deckert, Joanie Fields, and Pat and Bob Lane.
Four being honored for good things they've done for community
The annual award is presented to those whose actions inspire and motivate others to demonstrate love, pride, faith, belief and devotion to the community. They are chosen by the July 4th Celebration Planning Team and a committee of past award recipients.
Deckert, a former Human Services commissioner, said this position helped lead him to other community activities.
"I got to know a lot of 'important people,' to make connections, and to meet the executive directors of major service organizations," Deckert said. "As a result, I was invited to serve on boards of directors."
Fields' role model for community service was her grandmother.
"She would cook for the church's congregational dinner and for the Lions Christmas Dinner at the Veterans Hall, and I got to help her, as a little girl," Fields said. "My grandmother took in foster children and state mental patients, to help them out. She was my light."
Nominated as a team, Pat and Bob Lane are often seen together as they work on various community projects.
"I wanted to make Pleasanton the town I'd have loved to grow up in," Pat Lane said of her efforts.
She brought the farmers market to downtown Pleasanton 18 years ago and continues as its official greeter each Saturday morning.
The seventh annual awards reception will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, June 20, with presentations beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, at 603 Main St. Each of this year's recipients will be introduced, with a summary of the many good things they have done for this community.
The award recipients also will be introduced to the community at the Fourth of July celebration to be held in Lions Wayside Park from noon-1:30 p.m. July 4.
--Dolores Fox Ciardelli