The First Heroes of Marin Awards: MarinLink Founders Have Community Spirit

Pacific Sun Friday November 18th, 2011

With all due respect to Tina Turner—we do need another hero.

And with that in mind, the Pacific Sun, in partnership with Circle Bank, is presenting its first-ever Heroes of Marin awards—a salute to the community members whose dedication to bettering the lives of county residents has helped make Marin the special place it is today.

After fielding more than 100 nominations from Pacific Sun readers, our panel of “hero” judges bestowed awards in eight separate categories. Recipients will be honored in the Pacific Sun over the next four weeks through feature stories highlighting their good works. Additionally, the award winners will receive a heroes’ welcome tonight, Nov. 17, at a reception at Circle Bank in Corte Madera. Here’s a quick look at the 2011 Heroes of Marin award winners in their respective categories:

ARTS AND CULTURE: Elaine Petrocelli, for helping make Marin a mecca for authors and readers throughout the Bay Area and keeping the printed word alive through Book Passage.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Ed and Nancy Boyce, for their dedication to such causes and institutions as MarinLink, Marin General Hospital, Project Care for Children and The Crib Club—through the Boyces’ efforts, Marin is a healthier place to live.

COURAGE: Nancy Novack, for creating Nancy’s List, an organization to meet the non-medical needs of people living with cancer and living its mission statement, “No one will ever go through cancer alone.”

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Sea Stewards, for taking the bite out of the baleful shark-fin industry by leading the state-wide charge to ban the sale of shark fins, which has resulted in the Shark Protection Act, co-authored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, and signed into law last month by Gov. Brown.

INNOVATION: Fresh Starts Cooking School, for turning invaluable food-services training into the creme de la creme of Homeward Bound’s job training programs.

RISING STAR: Casey Poore, for helming the Redwood High School Friendship Club and its mission to create connections in the lives of students with learning differences and other educational challenges.

ROLE MODEL: Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity, for advocating and providing a safety net for the county’s homeless and at-risk youth.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: James Dunn, for leading the Mountain Play through 30 years of leg-breaking productions and embodying quality Marin theater over the course of a five-decade career.

Jason Walsh

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