Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

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The 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center on April 28th 2017.

Registration will begin at 10:45 AM.  Lunch will begin promptly at 11:30 AM.

Before the luncheon begins, an agency fair will be available for you to learn about some of nonprofit agencies in Santa Clara County, including the agencies that nominated the 2017 Crystal Bowl Winners.

Parking is available at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the main parking structure located at Great America Parkway and Bunker Hill. Event entrance is across the bridge from the third level of the parking lot. There will be signs posted to help guide your way. The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon will be hosted in the Mission City Ballroom (down the escalators and veer to the left).

Here is a link to the Santa Clara Convention Center website and their guide to parking. http://santaclaraconventioncenter.org/parking-directions/

For further questions, please contact:
Josita Wensink

Junior League of San Jose is excited to present the 48th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the Santa Clara Convention Center on Friday April 28, 2017, during the National Volunteer Week.

The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (VRL) celebrates and recognizes individual volunteers in our community who have generously given their time, energy and skills to improve the lives of others in Santa Clara County. More than 500 community members attend this heart-warming event every year. We honor those who work to make positive change in their communities, striving for the greater good and leaving a priceless legacy.

At the luncheon, Kaiser Permanente will be presenting the Thriving Volunteer Award to a local nonprofit agency for its thriving volunteer operations. All VRL nominees will be presented with a special certificate for their worthy volunteer contributions. Special recognition is given to Crystal Bowl Winners —outstanding community volunteers who exemplify their contributions in the areas of Leadership, Youth Services, Health Services, Senior Services, Educational Support and Professional Services, and Advocacy, Crisis Intervention, Cultural Services and Youth Volunteers.

Out of the 2017 Crystal Bowl Winners below, one will be presented the Volunteerism At Its Best Award. A $1000 cash prize (sponsored by Union Bank) will be given to the nominating agency.

Raquel Christina Boales

Synchronized Swimming for Athletes with Disabilities

Raquel Burciaga

School of Arts & Culture

Robert & Linda Gray

Joseph Weller School

Larry R. Murchison

California Trolley & Railroad Corporation (CTRC)

Eric Drew

Eric Drew Foundation

Shelley Seders

DreamPower Horsemanship

Barbara Otto

The Grateful Garment Project

Megan Auyeung

Sacred Heart Community Service

Vasudha Ramanarasiah

Moreland Education Foundation

This year, the Junior League of San Jose has added a brand-new Member Choice Award. We are excited to celebrate the winner of this award at the luncheon!

We are grateful to have NBC Bay Area morning news anchors Sam Brock and Laura Garcia-Cannon serving as Masters of Ceremonies for the event once again and help us celebrate the winners.

Please RSVP online by April 14 to reserve your tickets. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate a seat, please follow the link or email vrl@jlsj.org.