Winning Spirits

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Think

only bad deeds get attention while good ones go unnoticed?
Think again.

The Community Services Planning Council “notices” the good deeds of businesses, individuals and civic organizations that serve the region with its annual People Helping People Awards.

“The awards always inspire awe and appreciation for the incredible contributions made by businesses that encourage their employees to volunteer in the community and by individuals who are often unrecognized for their committed service to others,” says Nancy Findeisen, president and CEO of the Community Services Planning Council. “We believe that increased community service on the part of businesses and individuals enhances the quality of life for all people in the Sacramento region.”

According to Nancy Olson, director of Hands On Sacramento, a program of the CSPC that allows individuals in the community to volunteer at various area organizations, nominees from around the region are judged by a panel of local business and community leaders.

What’s the best part of working on the project? “Definitely seeing the good works that are being done by so many people,” Olson says.

Findeisen echoes the sentiment. “I am continually amazed at the breadth of community service in the Sacramento region, from large corporations to family-run businesses to young people who start volunteering in their early teen years,” she says. “We are truly blessed to have such committed businesses and individuals in our community.”

The People Helping People Awards were presented at a luncheon on April 19, with net proceeds from the lunch benefiting Hands On Sacramento.

Dick Cable People Helping People Media Award
>> NEW COUNTRY 105.1 KNCI
This country radio station shows it has a heart of gold by raising funds for Make-A-Wish as well as the victims of the South Asia tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, participating in Toys for Tots toy drives and encouraging listeners to send holiday cards to U.S. soldiers overseas.

Service Club and Association Achievement Award
>> FRIENDS OF THE SACRAMENTO CRISIS NURSERIES
This group raises funds for, awareness of and offers a helping hand to the Sacramento Crisis Nurseries, a program of the Sacramento Children’s Home that provides a “safe haven for parents and children who need support.”

Exceptional Community SupportSmall Business Award
>> COZZ’S AUTO BODY AND SERVICE
Cozz’s Auto Body and Service does its part to keep drunk drivers off area roadsÑfrom Rocklin to Elk GroveÑeach holiday season by offering free transportation and towing for those who’ve imbibed and need a ride home.

Exceptional Community Support Award
>> DELTA DENTAL
Delta Dental employees give back to the community in numerous ways. Among them: participating in youth educational programs; donating their time and efforts to local charities, relief efforts and drives; and, no surprise, offering dental screenings and education in dental health to children in area schools.

Unsung Hero Award
>> MICHAEL UBALDI
As president of the Sacramento River Cats Independence Field project, Michael Ubaldi helped bring to fruition a fully accessible, 200-foot regulation-size rubberized baseball field in Sacramento for persons with disabilities.

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