The award is given in recognition of Flegel's commitment to community service and business ethics, according to Sen. Hill's office.
"I was totally blown away," said Mark Flegel, president and owner of Flegel's Home Furnishings, when he heard the news.
Sen. Hill's proclamation says that Mark Flegel and Flegel's have long supported such community organizations as the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, Music@Menlo, Peninsula Volunteers, Peninsula College Fund, Fraternite Notre Dame, and Vintage Affair.
Mr. Flegel was recognized for giving generously of his time and energy as chair of the Rotary District's 5150's Scholarship and Youth Exchange programs, as a director of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association, and as vice president of the San Francisco Navy League Council. He has served as a Menlo College trustee, a C.S. Lewis Foundation trustee, a Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce board member, and as a member of several city of Menlo Park committees.
Mark's father Arthur, who will turn 97 in August, opened the original Flegel's 60 years ago — in January 1954 — in a 5,000-square-foot store in downtown Menlo Park where Amici's East Coast Pizzeria is today at 880 Santa Cruz Ave. Four years later Flegel's moved next door to its current location at 870 Santa Cruz Ave., a 24,000-square-foot showroom.
Mark Flegel said he plans to hold a 60th anniversary celebration for Flegel's Home Furnishings in May or June.