Annual Luncheon Celebrates Balboa Park Milestone Accomplishments By Volunteers, Institutions
Friends of Balboa Park recently celebrated the honorees of its 16th Annual Awards Luncheon on October 18. This year’s event themed “Gardens That Roar” recognized institutions and organizations throughout the Park who have enhanced it throughout the year(s).
“The Annual Awards Luncheon is a flagship event of the Friends organization, and I am thrilled we can again recognize such distinguished talent and unequaled dedication amongst the Park’s volunteers and employees this year,” said Friends of Balboa Park Executive Director John Bolthouse.
The Millennium Award – San Diego Zoo
The Millennium Award is presented each year to individuals and organizations that have made important, long-term contributions to Balboa Park.
Betty Peabody Emerging Young Leader of Balboa Park Award – Jennifer Padilla, the San Diego Natural History Museum
Inaugurated in 2016, this award recognizes exceptional promise and potential of emerging professionals who have demonstrated leadership by example in Balboa Park.
In recognition of significant and long-term contributions of service to Balboa Park and/or to one or more of the organizations in the Park, these unsung heroes contribute many thousands of hours in service to The Park:
- Sonya Dolor – San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
- Carol Hinrichs – Mingei International Museum
- Noni and Mort Jorgensen, M.D. – San Diego Air & Space Museum and San Diego Zoo
- Michele Trevino – House of Pacific Relations International Cottages, House of France
- Judy Tweed – Spanish Village Art Center
The luncheon, held at the Balboa Park Club, was attended by more than 350 guests, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Congresswoman Susan Davis, Supervisor Ron Roberts, Council member Todd Gloria, California Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, Senator Christine Kehoe, as well as other dignitaries and community leaders.
The event’s flagship sponsors included Connie K. Golden, Marie Tuthill, Jim and Carmen Hughes as well as the Postal Annex+. Friends is grateful for another successful event made possible by our dedicated supporters!