La Luz honored with Jefferson Award



La Luz Center has joined the honored ranks of Becoming Independent and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance by earning a local Jefferson Award. Given for excellence in community leadership and civic engagement, the award will be presented during a countywide event on Nov. 5.

“I felt humbled and honored,” said La Luz Center’s Executive Director Juan Hernandez. “I reflected on what this award really means. What it means is the work and vision of Ligia Booker, which began back in 1982 to serve the community, has finally been recognized throughout Sonoma County and the Bay Area. It is an honor for our board and staff to be able to continue the vision and work in the Springs and Sonoma Valley community.”

The national Jefferson Award for Public Service was launched in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sen. Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard, to recognize unsung heroes for their contributions as public servants or volunteers. Over the years, national Jefferson Awards have been presented to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Walter Cronkite and Bob Hope. Shortly after the national award was established, 90 communities created their own, local versions of the award. Here in Sonoma County, anyone can nominate a person or organization that deserves recognition, recommendations that the Board of Supervisors reviews before selecting each year’s recipients.

“La Luz has garnered an excellent reputation for both the quality and quantity of the services provided as the primary resource in Sonoma Valley for disadvantaged families,” said First District Supervisor Susan Gorin, whose district aide, Jennifer Gray, nominated La Luz for the honor. “The positive impact they have made as the ‘go to’ place in the community for help in managing and improving their lives is remarkable. It is my pleasure to support La Luz and an honor to work beside them.”

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