Community Awards Gala

The Scotts Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the theme, date and format for their annual awards gala. Dubbed “Stayin’ Alive”, the event will be virtual and will be available on both the Chamber’s Facebook page as well as My Scotts Valley’s Facebook page on March 13th from 6 to 8 pm. Danny Reber and Robert Aldana will co-host the fun-filled evening. The night will kick off with a music video being produced by Tam Communications. A parody of the Bee Gees’ 1977 hit song “Stayin’ Alive”, the Tam team will be reaching out to members of the community to provide video, showing off their best dance moves and most outrageous disco threads. Susan O’Connor Fraser, Tam’s Creative Director, notes that the song will be made available to the Community by February 8th and the crowd-sourced video deadline is February 26th. More info will be announced on the Chamber’s Facebook page.

Musical performances by students of Bobbie Ward’s Performance Vocals and Sydney Gorham of Mountain Music School will also be integrated into the program. People who register for the event will also be automatically entered into opportunity drawings that will be held throughout the two hours and those in attendance will have the chance to go live and be featured in the program. You can learn more and register for the event . If you’d like to contribute a donation to the opportunity drawings, contact Board President Jeanette Larkin at jlarkin@scottsvalleychamber.com. If you’re interested in sponsoring and having a commercial play during the program, contact Danny Reber at dreber@santacruzchamber.com. All funds raised will support local businesses and the Chamber.


The Scotts Valley 2020 Community Award Winners:

  • Business of the Year:  Tam Communications
  • Woman of the Year:  Joanne Guzman
  • Man of the Year: Michael Hanson
  • Honorary Ambassador of the Year: Angela Marshall
  • Educator of the Year: Erik Wyner
  • Youth of the Year: Anika Minstry
  • Organization of the Year:  Santa Cruz Moose Lodge #545
  • Beautification Project of the Year:  Glenwood Preserve

Sponsorship Opportunities


Community Awards through the Years
(1985-2019)

Business of the Year

1985 – Zanotto’s Market
1986 – Bay Federal Credit Union
1987 – Seagate Technology
1988 – The Rink
1989 – Scarborough Lumber
1990 – Borland International
1991 – Zanotto’s Market
1992 – Great Wave Software
1993 – Jeff Almquist, Attorney at Law
1994 – Coast Commercial Bank
1995 – Round Table Pizza
1996 – Old Republic Title
1997 – The Ow Family
1998 – Watkins-Johnson, SEG
1999 – Stationary Outlook
2000 – Seagate Technology
2001 – Oak Tree Villa
2002 – Bruno’s BBQ
2003 – Leo’s U Save Liqours
2004 – Scotts Valley Sports Center
2005 – Gashouse Pizza – Kelly Gladder
2006 – TriStar Home Loan Services
2007 – Roudon-Smith Winery
2008 – Daryl Stevens Salon & Day Spa
2009 –Jesse Gabriel Photography Studio
2010 – Wells Fargo Bank
2011 – Scotts Valley Market
2012 – Zero Motorcycles
2013 – Cinelux Theatres Café and Lounge
2014 – Bruno’s BBQ
2015 – Business With Pleasure
2016 – Patti Malone, Malone’s Grille – with gratitude for 36 years serving the community
2017 – Cafe Hanna
2018 – Knox Roofing
2019 – Food Trucks a Go Go

Organization of the Year 

1994 – Exchange & Lions Club
1995 – Rotary
1996 – Scotts Valley Little League
1997 – Assist International
1998 – Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
1999 – Scotts Valley Police Department
2000 – Kiwanis Club of Scotts Valley
2001 – Scotts Valley Parks & Recreation Commission
2002 – Scotts Valley Host Lions
2003 – Scotts Valley Education Foundation
2004 – Friday Night Live
2005 – Scotts Valley Arts Commission
2006 – Valley Churches United Missions
2007 – Gateway Bible Church
2008 – Scotts Valley Fire Department
2009 – Scotts Valley School District PTA’s
2010 – Kiwanis Club of Scotts Valley – “Music In Skypark”
2011 – Friends of the Scotts Valley Library
2012 – Save Our Schools Scotts Valley
2013 – Rotary Club of Scotts Valley
2014 – Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation
2015 – Scotts Valley Water District
2016 – Scotts Valley Parks Advocates
2017 – Scotts Valley Senior Center
2018- – Boys & Girls Club
2019 – Hospice Santa Cruz County

Man of the Year

(Renamed Alvin Scarborough Memorial in  2012)

1985 – Ron Shaver
1986 – Ford King
1987 – George Sarkes
1988 – George McKaskey
1989 – Stephen Walpole
1990 – Vern Hart
1991 – Michael Vasquez
1992 – Jack Frazer, Scotts Valley Banner Publisher
1993 – Chuck Comstock
1994 – Fred Zanotto
1995 – Chuck Maffia
1996 – Chuck Fetter
1997 – Randy Johnson and Chuck Comstock
1998 – Vern Hart
1999 – Mike Smith
2000 – Tim McNulty
2001 – Michael Keogh
2002 – Glenn Soma
2003 – Joe Miller
2004 – Dene Bustichi
2005 – Marshall Wolf
2006 – Danny Reber
2007 – Ernest Alexander
2008 – Bob Slawinski
2009 – Jim Reed
2010 – John Hohmann
2011 – Don Dumller
2012 – Konrad Baumert
2013 – Elliot Stone
2014 – Robert Aldana
2015 – David Hodgin
2016 – John P. Weiss
2017 – Derek Timm
2018 – Greg Wimp
2019 – Todd Hoffman

Woman of the Year- 

(Renamed Annette Marcum Memorial in 2015)

1985 – Cathy Dominguez
1986 – Karen Perry
1987 – Cindy Knipfer
1988 – Natalie Bush
1989 – June Smith
1990 – Verna Brown
1991 – Berna Bruzzone
1992 – Gini Pineda
1993 – Peggy Lopez
1994 – Sandy Maxwell
1995 – Debra Zanotto
1996 – Patti Malone
1997 – Annette Marcum
1998 – Pam Lawson
1999 – Virginia Allender
2000 – Michele Smith
2001 – Jackie Heald
2002 – Darshana Croskrey
2003 – Jeanne Shada
2004 – Sharolynn Ullestad
2005 – Laura Kunz
2006 – Jondi Gumz
2007 – Kara Bowman
2008 – The Women of Sigma Alpha Of Omega Nu
2009 – Mary Dettle
2010 – Kelly Gladder
2011 – Donna Lind
2012 – Jackie Maurer
2013 – Diane Bianconi McNeil
2014 – Linda Benko
2015 – Deborah Muth
2016 – Elizabeth Walch
2017 – Jennifer Hardwick
2018 – Mari Rossi
2019 – Tanya Krause

Youth of the Year

1998 – Sharemi Ullestad
1999 – Jodey Jeremiah Pini
2000 – Julie Rockow
2001 – Nick Wright
2002 – Stephen Hoversten
2003 – Vanessa Soma
2004 – Bryan Condy
2005 – Ashley Thompspn
2006 – Marcea Ennamorato
2007 – Nathan Scalla
2008 – Melissa Kumar
2009 – Annika Gustafsson
2010 – Aaron Gouw
2011 – Tyler Marshall
2012 – Melissa Keiko McGee
2013 – Alex McMillion
2014 – Ayan Patel
2015 – Iliana Hayes & Matt Murray
2016 – Elana Weingord
2017 – Philip Goodrich
2018 – Thomas Codiga
2019 – Ryan Beam

Beautification Award

2001 – Katie Powers
2002 – Bryan & Linda Fisher
2004 – Sheryl McEwan & Janet Lennon – Skypark Linear Park Project
2005 – Erica Soma – Scotts Valley High School
2006 – Jill Hitchman – Scotts Valley Middle School
2007 – Steve Horlock – Bocce Ball Courts
2008 –The Pratt Company – Scotts Village
2009 – BCI Builders – Tree Circus Center
2010 – (none)
2011 – Interact Clubs of SVHS & SVMS
2012 – Mural-In-A-Day Project: SV Artisans
2013 – Remembering SkyPark Mural – Regional Artist’s Association
2014 – Annette Marcum Community Garden
2015 – Vine Hill Life Lab – Michelle Reber & Denise Grogan
2016 – (none)
2017 – Terry Wells, Camp Evers Mural Artist
2018 – Scotts Valley High School Green Team
2019 – Vine Hill School Mural, Girl Scout Troop 15502

Educator of the Year

2014 – Beth Hollenbeck
2015 – Renae Fish
2016 – John Postovit
2017 – Mary Lonhart
2018 – Katie Bagley
2019 – Emily Brandt

Chamber Ambassador of the Year 

2015 – Stephen Hoversten
2016 – Kevin & Cherie Anderson
2017 – Leatha Brown
2018 – Becky McMillion
2019 – Leatha Brown

Special Category

1992 – George Ow & Lee Olin (Community Leader)
2008 – Chuck Comstock (Community Leader)
2005 – Bob & Julie Mazurek (Outstanding Service)
2012 – Alvin Scarborough (In memory)
2014 – Marlene Flannery (Senior Citizen of the Year)
2016 – Jeanette Larkin (Community Organizer & Volunteerism)

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