2018 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

This year the Junior League of San Jose presented the 49th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Villa Ragusa on Tuesday April 17, 2018, during National Volunteer Week.

The Volunteer Recognition Luncheon (VRL) brings together over 500 community members to celebrate voluntarism while recognizing individuals who generously give their time, energy and skills to improve the lives of others.

All 100+ nominees received a “Certificate of Appreciation” at the event. In addition, the Crystal Bowl Winners were recognized at the event with the following:

  • Professionally produced video of honoree and nominating agency
  • Etched Tiffany & Co. Crystal Bowl
  • NEW THIS YEAR – $500 stipend for nominating agency

“Voluntarism at Its Best” Award Winner

Phil Mastrocola – Grace Baptist Church

Noticing a great need in San Jose, Phil Mastrocola co-founded Winter Faith Collaborative to organize and train congregations to serve the homeless. Bringing over 30 churches, synagogues and mosques together, he works tirelessly to network and share resources. A homeless advocate for many years, Phil manages a shelter at Grace Baptist every night, providing dinner, a place to sleep, classes and mentoring. He speaks at city hall meetings, raises money and recruits volunteers to help the church and the broader community. Phil’s advocacy work was instrumental in recent policy change, allowing for places of assembly to provide shelter 365 days a year without the onerous process and expense of obtaining permits. Phil is quietly and humbly changing the environment for the homeless and the downtown neighborhoods.

Congratulations to the 2018 Honorees: 

Crystal Bowl Award Winners

  • Anne Marie Knapen-Asnong – JW House
  • Michele Cabania – StandUp For Kids
  • Gavin Coffing – Friends of the Willow Glen Children’s Theatre
  • Cindy Faulkner – Rotary Club of San Jose
  • Magesh Jayapandian – United Way Bay Area
  • Anika Kumar- Notre Dame High School San Jose
  • Phil Mastrocola – Grace Baptist Church
  • Judy & Julie Paulson – Via Services
  • Joyce van Reis – Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
  • Sylvia Vizcardo – County of Santa Clara Self Help Center/Family Law Facilitators Office

Members’ Choice Award Winner

  • Negisa Taymourian – Cisco Connected Women

Kaiser Permanente Thriving Volunteers Award Winner

  • PACT: People Acting in Community Together

A special thank you to our generous sponsors: 



Avista Productions

The Warmenhoven Family Foundation


Laura and Max Duganne

MacHouse Productions

VRL Committee


Dawn and Kevin Akeroyd

Bored Dog Productions

Jennifer and Mike Cretella

Michelle & Gary Fisk

Constance Ledna, VP Mortgage Consultant, Union Bank Residential Lending

Meghan MacAskill, The Wild Bloom Studio Photography

Leann Sirkin, Flair Design + Photography

Andrea and Joe Thomas

Uyesugi Dental


Catered Too

Diana Gilbert

JLSJ Board of Directors

JLSJ Management Team

Sabrina Martire

Cathleen and Steve Stugard


The Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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