Wow..I am now a local hero!!!! I do what I do not for the awards or recognition, but its hard not to be excited when the things you put passion into get recognized by your peers. 2010 has started off with a bang first I was honored with a NEXTie, then as The GoodTimes Best of Santa Cruz 2010 and Santa Cruz Weekly 2010 Goldies readers acknowledged not only my businesses and non profits, but the readers felt that I was also overachieving in some areas that deserved an atta boy. In my ventures around town whether I am speaking to school kids about community work with Grind Out Hunger, sponsoring a local kid for surfing/skating or meeting with local politicians about the scope of our county opportunities/challenges I never in my wildest dreams expected to be a recipient of so many gracious awards. I promise to continue to follow my heart and aspirations, to be be responsible about my endeavors, lead by example for the youth and stay focused on bettering the community! Thank you to all the supporters, my family, of course the haters and more important all that voted…this means the world to me!!