2017 Be the Difference Awards- Call for Nominations

The Call for Nominations for the 11th Annual Be the Difference Awards has begun.  The “Be the Difference” Awards are about honoring the individuals, groups, non-profits, and businesses who make Santa Cruz County  a better place to live through volunteerism.

All community members are invited to share their stories of inspiration.  Have you worked alongside a dedicated volunteer, admired the way a particular non-profit encourages volunteers, or observed a business going the extra mile for civic engagement? Then we invite you to fill out a nomination form.

Nominations will be accepted now through Sept. 13th, 2017.   

Each of us can think of a volunteer that has touched our lives in some way, big or small. The Be the Difference Awards provide the annual opportunity for the larger community to say thank-you and to share the powerful stories of our local change-makers.

Nearly 400 individuals, groups and businesses have been recognized since the inception of the event.

It is wonderful to see this number grow each year, to hear fresh new stories of individuals of all ages and from all walks of life who are dedicating themselves to the causes they care about. In a time of great divisions, the stories of volunteers help to provide a very different narrative about the potential for connection and the power of what we can accomplish when we act together as a constructive force for good.

The top 50 nominees will receive a complimentary ticket and recognition at the Be the Difference Awards Lunch Gala which annually brings together more than 250 attendees in celebration of service.

This year’s event will take place on Friday October 27th at the Cocoanut Grove from 11:30-1:30 PM.  Selected nominees in each category will receive special recognition through film and publicity in partnership with KION- CBS.

Learn More about the Awards and Download a Nomination Form

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