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    Citizen of the Year – Woman
    Letty Gali - Letty is the co-Founder of LOT318, which is a non-profit that works with children and residents of the Cypress Street & La Jolla neighborhoods. She developed the Homework Club, summer reading & math programs, and provides college & career support to students from these and surrounding areas. She is also the organizer for the past 12 years of the annual Thanksgiving Feast on Cypress Street serving over 1,400 meals to the community.
    Jo-Anne Martin - Jo-Anne is a retired (21 years) Air Force commander who was the first female to graduate from USAF Fighter Weapons (Top Gun); she is currently a Trustee of the Placentia Library District (an elected position); she is on the Board of H.I.S. House (Homeless Intervention Shelter); she is an Elder at the Placentia Presbyterian Church; she works with Alta Vista Country Club to create fundraisers for local charities.
    Vivian Perez - Vivian has been a life-long volunteer and brought her time and talents to Placentia organizations starting in 1998 when she came the Chairperson for the Placentia Heritage Days Festival & Parade. Her duties were not only to run the organization, but promotion while growing the ever-changing event. After working diligently with the city and the community, Vivian became a founding member of the Placentia Community Foundation and has been chair, vice chair, fundraising lead and community liaison. Vivian has spearheaded numerous events and activities to support PCF and the organizations served through the foundation. Her commitment as a long-serving community champion through personal participation in programs like Love Placentia and other programs serving Placentia seniors and our youth community is inspiring. She has also been instrumental in showing the younger generation of our community the importance of volunteering and caring for your community, creating a new generation of community supporters.

    Citizen of the Year – Man
    Dennis Blake - Dennis Blake has owned and operated Disaster Kleenup/Better Restoration since 1974 and has been an influential leader of the Placentia Downtown area merchants association. Dennis has always demonstrated civic leadership as a Rotarian for most of his adult life and has served as Director of Community Service, Athletic Director and is currently President of the Orange Rotary Club. Dennis' many civic activities such as being a part of Meals on Wheels, serving on the YMCA board, Boy Scouts of America, American Legion, Placentia Founders Society, being a board member of the Placentia Chamber of Commerce and Placita Santa Fe Merchants Association have demonstrated his love, commitment and passion for his community.
    Jim Paddock - Jim has been a member of Rotary Club of Placentia for 27 years and has served as President and District Governor; he is an active participant in Rotary's scholarship programs, OC Food Harvest; he has been; he is on the Board of Fisher House, an organization that assists families of veterans obtain temporary housing while their family member receives needed medical treatment in the area; he is a veteran of the US Navy after serving a total of 24 years; he and his family have been Placentia residents for over 36 years.

    Business of the Year
    Best 4 Less Placentia (76 Stations)
    Empire Energy Solutions – Solar Energ
    Rem’s Vegas Sports Lounge
    RE/MAX Cornerstone Realty – Tina Maraj & Randy Tovar agents
    The Placentia Hub – Fitness Made Fun

    New Business of the Year
    Campitelli Cookies
    Merrick Apartments - In 2017, Merrick embarked in an extreme makeover of a depressed property to renovate and remodel 52 buildings of 416 apartments. This makeover - including updating and repairing exteriors, retrofitting plumbing to install washers and dryers in each unit, installing pressure regulators for water and upgrading amenities and models - has taken place under new ownership of Fairfield Residential and its new, tireless Property Manager, JP Sawyer and his 5-star staff. The contractors, laborers, staff and residents have collaborated under challenging circumstances to produce a lovely community that will continue to contribute to the economic vitality and workforce of Placentia and Orange County in general.
    Momentum Health & Wellness Institute, Dr. Julie Stewart DC Dr. Julie's focus is a holistic approach to wellness through chiropractic, light therapy, weight loss programs and helping the body heal itself.
    Placentia Super Service – The Friendlier More Helpful Auto Repair
    Savage Suiting – Giving back to the community through school programs and working with such organizations as Ronald McDonald House.
    Stereo Brewing – In a short period of time, this family-owned brewery has made their mark in Placentia and Orange County, developing unique beers and winning multiple awards while supporting the community.

    Woman-Owned Business of the Year
    Margo’s Flowers
    Momentum Health & Wellness Institute, Dr. Julie Stewart, DC - Dr. Julie's focus is a holistic approach to wellness through chiropractic, light therapy, weight loss programs and helping the body heal itself.
    S&S Salon and Spa
    Farnaz Shaygan, DC - overcoming her adverse childhood growing up in war-torn Iran, and after emigrating to the US in 1971, Dr. Shaygan immediately set about taking advantage of all the opportunities her new country could provide for her. Despite not speaking English, she graduated from UC Irvine in 1995 with honors in biology while becoming totally fluent in the language. After college graduation, she went on to attend Southern California University of Health Sciences where she received her doctorate in Kinesiology and was awarded her chiropractic medical license. Dr. Shaygan established her practice in 2001 and routinely sees 15-20 patients per day, providing professional and compassionate care to patients who have become "family" to her.

    Not-For-Profit of the Year
    Kiwanis Club of Placentia
    LOT 318
    Placentia Founders Society (The Bradford House)
    Placentia Round Table Women's Club - Established in 1902, Placentia Round Table Women's Club is the oldest service organization club in Placentia founded by ladies with famous surnames including Chapman, Bradford, McFadden and Parkins. Striving to always make a positive difference in the lives of those within the Placentia community, they have given $107,000 in graduating senior student scholarships over a six year period of time. They have a school outreach program to make sure no child goes without shoes and a warm jacket. They have also established many community programs such as Christmas Clearing Bureau, and have supported organizations like H.I.S. House, Placentia Library, Women's Transitional Living Center, Paul Newman's Camp for Ill Children, Placentia PD Canine Program just to name a few.
    Placenita Santa Fe Merchants Association - PSFMA was founded almost 40 years ago by the business and property owners in Old Town Placentia in an effort to maintain the historic and cultural charm of the area as well as revitalize, beautify and grow economic stability in the Santa Fe business district area. The Old Town area was the first business area in Placentia at the turn of the century (1900:) and, in the 1960's saw economic decline when many major businesses moved to North Placentia. The business stakeholders grouped together and collaborated with the city leaders to ensure the area would remain viably sound. Marketing cultural and civic events has been a very successful format for the merchants to showcase the area and its businesses. The signature event is the Annual Tamale Festival, which is going into its 25th year. This marquis event has become the city's largest event and, last December 2018, had its largest attendance of over 20,000 people in one evening! This very successful event brings opportunities to partner with local non-profits, sponsors, volunteers and attracts potential developers and investors. The Old town area is looking forward to revitalization of the historic area with the addition of the Metro Link Station, parking structure and other projects in the downtown area and on Crowther. The Placita Santa Fe Merchants Association will continue to work to promote Placentia's legacy of being a "Pleasant Place to Live and Work."
    Rotary Club of Placentia - The Placentia Rotary Club of Placentia has been serving the community for over 82 years. Since 2000, the club has awarded over $205,000 in scholarships to local high schools. The club has awarded financial support to organizations like the Placentia Library, Boys & Girls Club, the REACH Foundation, the Miss Placentia Scholarship Organization and H.I.S. House. They have also supported and/or partnered with groups such as Meals On Wheels, Harvest Club of Orange, AYEUDA students to provide dental care to underprivileged areas in the community as well as Mexico and India, Placentia Prayer Breakfast, Heritage Days, Easter Eggcitement, Concerts in the Park and many more.

    Family-Owned Business of the Year
    Castner’s Auto Service
    Mi Casita Restaurant
    Rich Farm Ice Cream
    Tlaquepaque Restaruant
    Tokyo Automotive

    Employer of the Year
    City of Placentia - The City of Placentia has recently gained notoriety and much-deserved respect not only in the community, but nationwide. Many developers are seeing Placentia as a viable place for them to do business, which enhances the experiences of our community. This major change in perception is largely due to the amazing staff and leadership of our city, specifically Damien Arrula, our current City Administrator. Damien has turned the city around from difficult financial times to the fiscal growth we are seeing today with several major developments and redevelopments in the works, including a new Metrolink platform. Damien and his staff think outside the box, and it's their creativity and unwavering support and dedication that have lead our city to become the "little city that could." Within the last year, Damien has won two county recognitions naming him one of the brightest and most innovative City Managers in Orange County.
    Fairway Ford
    Sam's Club - Sam's Club is an employer who has demonstrated the following characteristics with regards to the treatment of their employees:
    --Consistently provides a positive work environment for all employees while maintaining, and even exceeding, employment standards and safety policies...Sam’s Club has an open door policy where they can discuss challenges in the work place with any Manager or through our Ethics Hotline and will not be discriminated against. Associates also undergo year round training in safety, customer service, and laws pertaining to the workplace.
    --Provides benefits for health and wellness...provides Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage for it’s full-time Associates.
    --Provides training, professional development and job creation as well as recognition and awards for exemplary employees...Exemplary Associates can be selected as an Associate of the Month or Associate of the year. Sam’s Club also offers affordable, accessible, high-quality degrees and programs to help Associates reach their education goals.
    --Impacts the community through social services and added value by making Placentia a better place to work...Sam’s Club Associates are encouraged to volunteer at local charities through their VAP Program (Volunteerism Always Pays), and encourages local non profits to apply for their Community Grant Program. Sam’s Club also participates in an annual Fundraiser for The Children’s Miracle Network.

    Youth Volunteer of the Year
    Jakob Chaffers - From the time Jakob was little (he's currently 12 :), he adored volunteering at car shows, church and in the community. Jakob serves as a mentor to the younger kids at church and assists with audio/video for the Junior High Ministries. He works hard to be responsible with homework, a team player and good business partner with his grandma in their coffee service business. Through Carburetor Coffee, they raise money for local non-profits. Jakob knows the benefits of volunteering with the City of Placentia Community Services Department because he has been a recipient of their good work since the age of four years old. Jakob believes volunteering is a great way to pay it forward. He enjoys music and working on classic cars with his dad. He is currently attending Kraemer Middle School and is working very hard to earn a spot in the Engineering/Manufacturing Academy at Esperanza High School.
    Paulina Dole - She is currently Miss Placentia's Outstanding Teen. As a sophomore high school honor student, she proudly represented the City of Placentia by earning awards for "Top Scholastic Achievement" and "Talent" at the Miss California State competition in June. Since being named Miss Placentia's Outstanding Teen in February 2018, Paulina has served and volunteered at several city and civic functions in the community, including selling raffle tickets to raise thousands of dollars for various organizations, performed on the harp, painted faces of admiring children, attended Ribbon Cuttings and provided support of events honoring dignitaries and first responders. Paulina has dedicated her year of service to helping young students find the joy in reading and has collected and donated hundreds of books to various schools and organizations.
    Bella Vino - She is currently Miss Placentia 2018 and a dedicated Freshman in the honors program at Biola University. Since being named Miss Placentia in February of 2018, Bella has been extremely active and eager to volunteer in the city of Placentia. Bella has sung the National Anthem at city events, sold raffle tickets to benefit local non-profit organizations, she has attended multiple city and community events including Placentia Easter Eggcitement and Spring Carnival, Concerts in the Park, Taste of Placentia, Placentia-Linda Hospital, Placentia Heritage Days just to name a few. Bella has worked very hard to proudly represent the city of Placentia at the Miss California competition in June.

    Placentia Chamber of Commerce
    120 S. Bradford Avenue, Suite B
    Placentia, CA 92870