Volunteers at the heart of Coronado's nonprofit organizations were celebrated by Lamb's Players Theatre with 2013 Crown Awards at a gala held Sunday.
Ten local volunteers were honored during the event, which featured a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception. Crown Awards were handed out by Mayor Casey Tanaka, and the ceremony was overseen by emcee Carol LeBeau, a Coronado resident and former Channel 10 news anchor.
"Volunteers are the unsung heroes of nonprofit organizations," Robert Smyth, producing artistic director at Lamb's Players Theatre, said. "Their hard work and commitment helps these organizations to continue to function."
This is the fourth year the theater company has organized the tribute to the key players in some of the city's leading nonprofit groups. The awards aim to recognized the good work of those who put in hours for numerous hometown causes, and encourage others to volunteer too.
"Celebrating the amazing work and commitment of local volunteers is so important, as they are a vital part of what makes Coronado such a remarkable city," Smyth said.
This year's Crown Award honorees are:
—Bill Gise and Steve Schroeder, Coronado Promenade Concerts —Brenda and Larry Kracht, Coronado 4th of July —Frank Nageotte, Coronado School of the Arts Foundation —Margaret Wright, Friends of the Library —Dahpne Fields, FOCUS —Kate Bower, Lamb's Players Theatre —Karen Dwinell, PAWS —Rich Brady, SAFE