Each year, the Pat Gustke Sustainer of the Year award is awarded to League Sustainers whose strength and character embody the League’s slogan, “Women building better communities.” Winners display a sustained commitment to their volunteer work and serve as inspirational role models for all members of the Junior League and our community. The winners will be honored at the Spring Sustainer Dinner on May 24, 2018 and presented with a cash stipend for the organization of the winner’s choice.
2017 Pat Gustke Sustainers of the Year Award
Three amazing women embody the League’s Mission in their sustained, exemplary volunteer involvement throughout the community: Cheryl Caligaris, Annette Finsterbusch and Karen McQuade
Since joining the Farrington Historical Foundation in 2008, she has excelled in many positions including Present and has awarded $1.2 million in grants. Cheryl is the Chair of the Parish Life Group for St. Simon Parish undertaking and tackling any task before her while inspiring all volunteers who have the opportunity to serve with her. Rev V. Warwick James says, “We are blessed to have her…”
She serves on the National Science Foundation advisory committee, the Board of the San Jose State University Global Leadership Council and the Los Gatos Rowing Club exhibiting extraordinary vision to all those volunteers who work with her. Annette also chaired the Bellarmine Fashion Show raising more money than any of the fashion shows over the past six decades to the financial benefit of students in need of assistance. Christopher Meyercord, Present of Bellarmine College Prep, writes, “…in addition to being remarkably successful, Annette was just a delight to work with.”
At St. Mary’s, she serves on the Parent Teacher Group, Spirituality, Stewardship, 25th Anniversary Celebration and served as the Spring Fundraising Chair and Valentine Dance Co-Chair. At Los Gatos High she shines on the following committees: Community Against Substance Abuse, Fashion Show, Graduation and serves as a Library Volunteer and Team Parent. Karen also gives her time volunteering to Montalvo Arts Center and Catholic Charities. If Karen is in charge, she lightens the job with her positive, upbeat attitude and can do spirit. Fr. Rick Rodoni describes her with one word, “remarkable.”