2018 Golden Acorn Award winners announced


The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2018 winners of the Golden Acorn Awards, a city tradition in its 42nd year.

According to the Chamber of Commerce, the awards celebrate "community achievement through the volunteer efforts and contributions of organizations and individuals" in the categories of business excellence, community service, professional excellence and "unsung hero."

The winners are:

Business Excellence: Menlowe Ballet.

Menlowe Ballet, started in 2011, is a professional ballet company based in Menlo Park. It works with the Menlo Park Academy of Dance to give local students opportunities, and the group performs its seasonal shows at the Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts.

Community Service: All Students Matter.

All Students Matter brings in volunteers to provide classroom tutoring to students at five elementary schools in the Ravenswood City School District, including Belle Haven School and Willow Oaks School in Menlo Park. It currently has roughly 200 volunteers who work in about 70 classrooms between transitional kindergarten and fifth grade.

Professional Excellence: Bill McClure, Menlo Park city attorney.

McClure, a partner at Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel, has worked as city attorney for Menlo Park since 1993, providing legal representation and guidance to the city, staff, council members and more than 20 mayors. A longtime local resident, he attended Oak Knoll School and Menlo-Atherton High School, and received his law degree from the University of Santa Clara. He specializes in real estate, land use, business and municipal law.

Unsung Hero: Peninsula Volunteers' Meals on Wheels.

The Meals on Wheels program run by Peninsula Volunteers delivers more than 3,000 hot meals a week to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in San Mateo County. The program also provides wellness checks for homebound individuals. According to the Chamber of Commerce, 74 percent of the clients the program serves have incomes below $1,500 a month, and many are frail, in recovery or disabled and may lack family or caregiver support.

An awards ceremony and reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Hotel Nia, 200 Independence Drive, with a keynote address planned by Rich Gordon, president/CEO of the California Forestry Association and former state Assembly member.

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