Announcing the Ninth Annual “Be the Difference” Awards Gala

Announcing the Ninth Annual “Be the Difference” Awards Gala

GalaAwards_btdprogram Be the Difference Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comThe Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County and sponsors will celebrate the 9th Annual Be the Difference Awards honoring the individuals, groups, and businesses that make a difference through volunteerism in Santa Cruz County. The event will take place at the Cocoanut Grove from 11:30-1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct 16.

Community members are invited to rsvp for the awards luncheon by visiting the Volunteer Center website at Individual tickets are $40 per person. Individuals can rsvp and pay online or choose to pay at the event. To RSVP call the Volunteer Center at 831-427-5070.

Last year a sold out crowd of more than 300 individuals, community leaders and business representatives joined in honoring all local service champions.

This year 54 nominees will be honored and five have been selected for special honors. The Volunteer Center looks forward to celebrating each and every nominee as they have done for the past eight years. All Be the Difference Award nominees receive a complimentary ticket to the event and are publicly acknowledged for their service.

“This event resonates with so many individuals and as such our pool of nominees and number of attendees has grown larger each year. 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 stories of our local change-makers. It is a powerful and touching event not to be missed,” states Volunteer Center Executive Director Karen Delaney.

GalaAwards_VolunteerCenterLogo Be the Difference Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comThe 50+ honorees come from every corner of the community supporting a myriad of causes. “The diversity of nominations we received is fabulous, with representation f rom every demographic and sector.

These individuals and entities demonstrate that volunteers are at the heart of making our community a vital and vibrant place to live”, states Delaney.


To learn more about the awards and view past winners visit

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