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National and Local Awards

On November 21, 1949 General Dwight D. Eisenhower presented 200 recipients with the first Freedoms Foundation National Awards. The ceremony took place in a barn on a colonial farm once occupied by Washington’s troops, which is now the site of the national headquarters of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

This program was intended as a way to say thank you to those whose projects, words or deeds reflect the best of the American spirit of volunteerism by offering constructive solutions to contemporary problems. We search for those doing good work in their communities, people or organizations bringing about the best in the spirit of America.

Help us to find these heroes within our communities!   Click here to obtain a nomination form, or contact our chapter President, Stan Leavitt, at 916-774-80251.

 


 

2014 Awards Luncheon
November 13, 2014
Arden Hills Resort & Spa

 2014 AWARD WINNERS


Jason Dauenhauer  George Washington Honor Medal
  Teacher/Educator:  Jason Dauenhauer

After a career working on computer systems on aircraft and carriers in the Navy,    Sacramento  native Jason Dauenhauer earned a degree in vocational education and was      in charge of  training employees on business and computer systems.  He has “always had  a passion for both teaching and learning”.  In 2011 Jason was invited to teach in the  Hiram Johnson Corporate Business Academy (JCBA), one of the first California Partnership Academies. This program offers students the opportunity to take their core curriculum and learn business basics in a family atmosphere and to participate in internships, college visits and job shadows. Their vision includes cooperation with business partners, community agencies, educational institutions and student’s families, to provide learning experiences for students that will result in access to the post secondary program of their choice and the foundational skills for lifelong careers. Using cutting edge technology in the classroom. Jason’s classes “deal with ‘real life’ subjects like Ethics and Financial Literacy that show them how their academic classes directly influence their future.”  Through JCBA, Jason has taken charge of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and has trained about 60 students to provide free tax service to 170 low-income families in his community, bringing in $250,000 in refunds to community members.

George Washington Honor Medal
 School:  Tyson Maytanes & Jeff Bailey, “Geometry in Construction”

 Tyson MaytanesMr. Maytanes and Mr. Bailey demonstrate commitment toJeff Bailey innovation  and quality education, and their leadership in establishing and executing  the implementation of the Geometry in Construction program is  exemplary.  This program was designed to add relevance to mathematics  by providing an opportunity to understand geometry in the real world,  encourage partnerships with the business community, and provide a product of great benefit to the community.  Students have built four 656 square foot houses on campus at Roseville High School, which were then sold, at cost, to the Acres of Hope Foundation.  The students worked on all phases of construction , including framing, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, drywall, painting and carpentry.  Not only was this a great educational opportunity for students, but it also served the greater good by helping students to understand the impact they can have on their communities and fellow man.

 

Rick Jennings George Washington Honor Medal
 Adult Community:  Richard Jennings

Mr. Jennings was raised without his father in Washington, DC. He earned a four-year  football and track scholarship to the University of Maryland and graduated with a  Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. After a NFL career that was cut short by  injuries, including a Super Bowl victory with the Oakland Raiders, Jennings worked his way up to regional manager for the Xerox Corporation, where he won numerous awards and distinctions.  Since 1997, Rick Jennings has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Fathers and Families (CFF), a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and building communities in Sacramento. Under Rick’s leadership, CFF has become a true family resource center. Today, CFF serves over 1,800 at-risk youth each day with after school programs and 100 adults a week with parenting classes, anger management and health services.  Jennings and his wife of 35 years, Cassandra, are the proud parents of a son, TJ, a community college administrator in Hanford, CA and a daughter, Asha, an attorney in Atlanta, GA.

                        
Abi Crouch
 Community Service Hero:
A Heart to Hold:  Abi Crouch

Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Abi Goldthwaite Crouch attended Christian  Brothers High School. She received both her B.A. and Masters from California State  University, Sacramento and served as a small business consultant from 2006 to 2013.  Married to David Crouch, they have three sons, William, Corbin and Bodhi.  Following the loss of their son, Corbin, who suffered an umbilical cord accident, the Crouch’s founded A Heart to Hold (AHTH) in July 2011. The mission of AHTH is to offer comfort to families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss by creating and sharing the gift of a weighted handmade heart. Hearts are sewn by volunteers through the Hearts from Afar Program and are filled at workshops in and around Sacramento.   As of September 2014, AHTH has made and shipped an amazing 2500 hearts to 2500 grieving families.  In addition to overseeing AHTH, Abi enjoys gardening, knitting, beekeeping and travelling with her family.

 

Sarah Kolbe Community Service Hero
 A Heart to Hold: Sarah Kolbe

Sara Kolbe joined A Heart to Hold in March 2012 as an inaugural board member.  She  continues to sit on the board and serves as Secretary, as well as a Heart Workshop  Coordinator.  Her favorite part of conducting workshops is seeing a heart recipient being  able to make a heart for another family and sharing in the gift of comfort. Sara was born and raised in the greater Sacramento, California area and she attended American River College.  She currently works as a client services representative and trainer for a national payroll provider in Folsom.  A knitter and ukulele aficionado, Sara lives in Auburn with her husband Karl and their dog, Luigi.

 

Lisa Culp Community Service Hero
 Women’s Empowerment: Lisa Culp 

Lisa is a recognized local expert in the fields of poverty and homelessness, serving on  many boards and committees in Sacramento. Lisa and Women’s Empowerment has been  recognized numerous times for the organization’s high success rate. These awards include  Woman of the Year Award from the National Association of Business Women; Nonprofit of the Year by the Nonprofit Resource Center in Sacramento; and the distinguished international Ruby Award by Soroptimist International. Women’s Empowerment also was awarded Organization of the Year recently in the inaugural Women’s Appreciation Awards hosted by Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg, Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Assembly member Roger Dickinson.

 

 

2013 Award Winners

Community Service Hero
Joyce Raley Teel


Joyce Raley Teel presented award by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Sacramento Chapter President, Pam Peterson
 

 

Joyce Raley Teel presented award by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Sacramento Chapter President, Pam Peterson
 
 

 


George Washington Honor Medal Winners
Alfred Brown
Mustard Seed School
Vicki Zito “Run for Courage”
Alan H. Rowe

 

Al Brown of California FairPlay being presented by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren

Al Brown of California FairPlay being presented by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren

 

 

Karen Banker and Sue Supple of the Mustard Seed School, serving homeless children, being presented by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren.

Karen Banker and Sue Supple of the Mustard Seed School, serving homeless children, being presented by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren.

 

 

Vicki Zito of Run for Courage, a non-profit organization fighting against Human Trafficking, being presented by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren.

Vicki Zito of Run for Courage, a non-profit organization fighting against Human Trafficking, being presented by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren.

 

 

Alan Rowe of the United College Action Network being presented by Congressman Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren.

Alan Rowe of the United College Action Network being presented by Congressman
Tom McClintock and Freedoms Foundation Board Member, Allen Warren.

 

George Washington Honor Medal Essay Winners
Miriam Flinders, Nathan Folkman, Bradley Miller,
Samuel Neptune, Jade Tso, Christina Weist, Roger Yu

Miriam Flinders

Miriam Flinders

Bradley Miller

Bradley Miller

Sam Neptune

Sam Neptune

Jade Tso

Jade Tso

Roger Yu

Roger Yu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
  
Christina Weist

Christina Weist

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nathan Folkman

Nathan Folkman

 
 2012 George Washington Honor Medal Winners
 

George Washington Adult Community
Dean Forman
Eppie Johnson
Donja Garvey

Community Service Hero Award
Cal Setzer
Nancy Fellmeth
Kathleen Berry

George Washington Honor Medal Essay Winners
Megan Bradbury, Madelyn Brabon, Jaime McKay
Jennifer Tran, Alexandrea Henry, Amanda Bassett,
Eric Jogelar, Khang Lai 

 

 

 

George Washington Medal Student Winners

 

 

Dean Forman

Eppie Johnson

Donja Garvey

Cal Setzer

 

Nancy Fellmeth

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
2012  Leavey Award Winner
Anne Marie Kennedy & “Eat from the Garden”
 Grant High School

 

 

2011 National Award Winners

George Washington Honor Medal—Adult Community
Richard Clinger
Jeri Clinger
Richard Denison
Friends of Winton and Brian Matthews
John Hooten
Michael Wright

George Washington Honor Medal—Teacher Educator
Jerry Dodge

George Washington Honor Medal—School
Grant Union High School, “Eat From the Garden” Project

George Washington Honor Medal—Youth Essay
Jacklyn Trentman
Moosa Zaidi
Haroon Zaidi

Certificate of Merit—Adult Community
Merl O. Resler
Pride Industries

Certificate of Merit—Youth Essay
Nicole Paige
Walker Knauss

Walker Knauss

Richard Dennison

Pride Industries

Nicole Paige

Moosa Zaidi

Michael Wright

Merl O. Resler

John Hooten

Jerry Dodge

Haroon Zaidi

Brian Matthews

Jeri & Richard Clinger

 

Grant High School “EAT from the Garden”

 

 

2011 Honorees

 

 

2010 George Washington Honor Medal and
Meritorious Certificate of Honor Recipients
 

Samantha McKenzie—GW Honor Medal—Youth Essay

Ed Seaman—George Washington Honor                   Medal—Teacher Award

ConSource Project, David Marble—  George Washington Honor Medal

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III—George Washington Honor Medal

 

Matthew Larmer Hodgson—Meritorious Certificate of Honor

Kim Box—Meritorious Certificate of Honor—Adult Community

Michael J. Alberghini—Meritorious Certificate of Honor—Adult Community

Bradley Gunter, Jr.—Meritorious Certificate of Honor—Teacher/Administrator


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