Diablo Magazine to Award Seven Honorees at Threads of Hope Gala

Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — Diablo magazine is honoring seven outstanding volunteers for its annual Threads of Hope Awards. Margaret Dixon, from the Oakland Police Activities League; Jane Emanuel, from the Bedford Gallery where she supports arts education and volunteers at the Crisis Center; April Rovero, of the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse; Zachary Smith, an Alzheimer’s advocate; and Neil Stratton, from Contra Costa Kops for Kids. All recipients will be honored for their contributions to the East Bay community at a reception on December 4 at the Orinda Theatre. Tony and Elaine La Russa will also be honored at the event and presented with the Steven J. Rivera Visionary Award, for establishing the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). In addition to the awards event, the honorees and their organizations are featured in the December issue of Diablo magazine.

For the past 20 years, Diablo has solicited nominations of exceptional volunteers who give their time to charitable causes in the East Bay. A panel of judges, representing businesses and philanthropic organizations, chose the seven honorees based on each nominee’s length of service, hands-on involvement, and impact on the community.

The 2014 panel of judges includes: Jessica Aguirre, weeknight co-anchor of NBC Bay Area News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., and host of Class Action, a weekly segment on public education in California; Mario Alioto, senior vice president, business operations, San Francisco Giants; Mark Flower, senior vice president and regional director for Wells Fargo Private Bank; Steve Lesher, vice president, Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, and manager of communications and sustainable development, Shell Oil Company; Jo A. S. Loss, executive director at the Volunteer Center of the East Bay; and Carole Wynstra, president of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and past president of Diablo Theatre Company.

“Diablo’s Threads of Hope Awards winners embody the true spirit of the season,” states Barney Fonzi, Group Publisher for Diablo Publications. “Through the generous gift of their time and passion, these honorees are the ‘threads’ that strengthen our community, making it a better place for all of us.”

To read the full article, visit diablomag.com/December-2014/Threads-of-Hope/. For more information on attendance or the honorees’ participation in the 2014 Threads of Hope, contact general@maildiablo.com, or RSVP (based on available space) at diablomag.com/2014-Threads-Of-Hope-RSVP-Diablomagcom-Readers/. If you are interested in nominating someone for the 2015 Threads of Hope Awards, visit diablomag.com/threads.

About Diablo Publications For 35 years, Diablo Publications has been creating award-winning publications, including Diablo magazine, Napa Sonoma magazine, the Diablo City Book Series, Diablo Arts, and the Tri-Valley California Visitors Guide. Covering travel, theater, lifestyle, and home design, Diablo Publications celebrates the people, places, and pleasures of the East Bay and North Bay. Diablo Publications’ custom content division, Diablo Custom Publishing (DCP), provides complete print and online marketing communications and customer publishing services for corporate clients nationwide. For more information, visit diablomag.com or dcpubs.com.


Dave Reik