Recognizing the Best in Crescenta Valley
Every year, the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce recognizes men/women, businesses, servicemen, students, educators and organizations, etc. who contribute to the betterment of our community. That time of the year is upon us. All of these remarkable members of our community have been visited and presented with certificates for their outstanding contributions. We will be commending these members at our annual recognition banquet that will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. Tickets are available through the chamber office. Celebrated will be:
Man of the Year-Alex Woo
Alex Woo is very interested and involved in the Korean community. He is currently the president of the Korea-Glendale Sister City Association, and a director with the Korean-American Federation of North Los Angeles. He also sits on the board of the YMCA of Glendale and the Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition.
Woman of the Year-Cheryl Davis
Cheryl Davis is the current president of the Crescenta Valley Town Council. She is involved with CV Prom Plus, CV Fireworks Association and the current coordinator for the Montrose-Glendale Christmas Parade. Cheryl is also a member of CV DOGS, the group that helped get the first dog park in Los Angeles.
Organization of the Year-La Crescenta Woman’s Club
The La Crescenta Woman’s Club is an organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. They are involved in many fundraising activities throughout the year that raise monies for the club’s philanthropies and charities which have included first responders, breast cancer and many others.
Educator of the Year-CVHS Dr. Greg Neat
Dr. Greg Neat is an inspiring teacher to high school students to become passionate about science, technology, engineering and math. He has been a leader of CVs Robotics team “589”-Falkons for more than 15 years. One of the main goals of Dr. Neat is to teach students how what they’re learning in class is applicable in life.
Business of the Year-Crescenta Valley Tow Service
A family owned business, Crescenta Valley Tow has been a member of the community for more than 50 years. Their drivers have been known to go the extra mile by alerting authorities of unusual activity, much like a neighborhood watch program. To be in business in the same location for all these years builds a great relationship with the community.
Volunteer of the Year-Julie Dowse
Julie’s involvement in the community dates back to the days of volunteering at Monte Vista Elementary. She has been steadfast in her presence at the Business Expo, Smart-a-thon, Hometown Country Fair, and chamber-hosted luncheons and dinners. Currently you can find her every Tuesday night in the Fire House kitchen where she knows every kid who comes in by name.
Student of the Year-Joy McCreary
Joy is a senior at Crescenta Valley High School, president of the ASB, student member of PTSA, and spent most of her Tuesday nights last year as the official student representative at the GUSD board meetings. Joy was recently elected president of the CV Youth Town Council.
Beautification Award-Two Strike Park War Memorial
Two Strike Park land was donated by actor Dennis Morgan in 1949 as a safe place for kids to play ball, and in 1959 a war memorial wall was built. Seven years ago a committee of the American Legion and VFW was formed to replace this wall and add the names of those in the community who lost their lives while in military service. That dream became a reality this year. Mr. Morgan would be proud.
Don Carpenter Award-Joe Kroening
Don Carpenter was an iconic figure in the shaping of modern day Crescenta Valley. His voice and influence, by way of the Ledger Newspaper, was felt in a variety of ways. The chamber would like to honor him and keep his memory alive through this award. This award should be bestowed on a person in our community who knew him, was aware of his many contributions to the Crescenta Valley, and has made many contributions himself. We have selected this person to be Joe Kroening.