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Opinion - May 4, 2012


Patriot Awards deserving

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your excellent coverage of the two recipients of the 2012 Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards. Each year the nominating committee reviews the nominations submitted by committee members for people who have made a positive difference in the Pleasanton community. This year's awardees, Jan Batcheller and Tony Macchiano, have outstanding records of service.

Friends and family members of Jan and Tony, as well as past award recipients, attended the eighth annual Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards reception on Monday, April 23, at the Museum on Main. Each year Ed Kinney's memory is honored by the presentation of these awards to worthy community members in the hope of inspiring others and motivating them to make a positive difference in Pleasanton.

Jan and Tony can best describe their motivation. Jan says, "I am in debt to this community .... I believe we should leave our community better than we found it."

Tony similarly says, "I have to give back .... You just need to help people and the community to be a good place."

The awardees will be introduced to the community at the Fourth of July Celebration in Wayside Park. Ed Kinney shared his love of the community as he served as master of ceremonies for "Celebrating Freedom and its Evolution Since the Revolution," Pleasanton's all-volunteer community event for the Fourth of July.

As of 2012, Ed Kinney Community Patriot Awards and reception are a 501(C)(3) nonprofit under the umbrella of the Tri-Valley Community Foundation.

Barbara Hempill, Communications Committee, CommunityPatriots.org