Throughout the year, state Senator Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, recognizes men, women and organizations for their contributions to the citizens of the 12th Senate District. All are presented with a personal Senate Resolution, often at a public ceremony to applaud their special accomplishments.
But on Nov. 29 Cannella hosted those awardees in Sacramento for a day in their honor to individually and collectively thank them once again. From "Man of the Year" to "Veteran of the Year," Cannella showed his appreciation for community members' commitment to humanity.
"I take pride in recognizing all the dedication and great accomplishments of people and organizations making a difference in my District," said Cannella. "Each of them has given of themselves to make our community a better place to live, and this is just a small thank you for all they do."
Honorees from Ceres include "Volunteer Man of the Year" Joe Carrillo, Sid Long and Superior Fruit Ranch which received the Chamber's "Agriculture Business of the Year Award"; the Ceres Lions Club, represented by Charles Blanks, which was named the "Service Club of the Year"; and "Teacher of the Year" Christopher Van Meter.
Other honorees from Cannella's district were: Tony Slaton, "Man of the Year"; San Benito County resident Juli Vieira, "Woman of the Year"; Patricia Wilson, "Volunteer Woman of the Year"; Barbara Matheron, "Agriculture Woman of the Year"; Jim Cunningham, "Agriculture Man of the Year"; Charles "Chuck" Fennessy, "Veteran of the Year"; Madera Post 1981 of the American Legion, represented by Norm Allinder, which was named "Legion Post of the Year"; Label Technology Inc., represented by David Bankson and Albert Gabriel, which was "Green Business of the Year"; and Corbin Pacific of Hollister, represented by Mike Corbin, as being "Small Business of the Year."