University of Redlands Town & Gown announces honorees for Awards of Distinction
Five outstanding individuals and one dynamic trio to be celebrated at gala on Feb. 7, 2015
The University of Redlands Town & Gown annually honors individuals throughout the Inland Empire who have shown a commitment to the public good through volunteerism, community involvement or outstanding achievement in their field. The awards committee recently selected and now announces those who will be honored with a 2015 Award of Distinction at a gala event Feb. 7, 2015.
• Jan Hudson, real estate broker/agent/business owner. Those nominating Jan said she distinguishes herself in her field, specifically because she works to better her profession by participating in the legislative/service side. She is recognized for her work with the Redlands Community Music Association, Associates of the Redlands Bowl and Rotary Club of Redlands.
• Tony Mueller, director of community service learning at the University of Redlands. Tony is recognized for creating a nationally recognized service program at the University where students, staff and alumni volunteer at local nonprofits in Redlands. He has also contributed to, created and managed programs including Big and Middle Buddies, Spring Break Plunge and the Sustainability University of Redlands Farm.
• Beth Mersereau Sanders, vice president at Security Bank, Redlands. Beth is known locally as a selfless community servant, according to nominators who said she "works her tail off, gets her hands dirty and fully commits." Beth has served Redlands Sunrise Rotary, specifically the Crab N' Jazz event; Family Service Association, Redlands Community Foundation, Citrograph Foundation and the Believe Walk.
• Maureen Sanders, clinical trial coordinator, Clinipace Worldwide. Maureen is described by her nominators as a "powerhouse volunteer who jumps in feet first." She has served as University Town & Gown president and on the board, served Associates of the Redlands Bowl, Bonnes Meres Auxiliary, Family Service Association of Redlands and other organizations.
• Lynn Whitmer, real estate agent, Century 21 Lois Lauer Realty. Lynn is characterized by her nominators as a "willing volunteer." She has served on the board of Redlands Day Nursery, volunteered in the Mariposa Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, and been involved with the Assistance League of Redlands, Chapter PK of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Redlands Educational Partnership Foundation, Redlands Community Hospital Foundation and other organizations.
• Cathy Hales Stockton, Nancy Varner, Annie Sellas—founders, Believe Walk. This trio of women founded the Believe Walk, an event to raise money for cancer treatment for people in the Inland Empire. Since the Walk's inception, more than $2 million has been donated to cancer centers and support services. All three women, who are cancer survivors themselves, continue to raise awareness and money while growing the event.
The University Town & Gown invites the community to celebrate and honor these individuals at a gala event, "Redlands Best" to be held at the Orton Center Feb. 7, 2015. Register today! For more information, call 909-748-8011.