TR Robertson –Ninety-three North County members of various business and organizations were honored Thursday at an online presentation on KCOT-TV as recipients of this year’s North County Philanthropy Council Volunteers of the Year representing their group. This is the 33rd year the NCPC has given out these awards. In quoting the NCPC, “Each of the honored volunteers has an important gift to share. Whether they are supporting people in need, especially during the pandemic, protecting our cherished environment, advocating for social justice, and in countless other ways, our incredible friends and neighbors are strengthening our local community and demonstrating the power, promise and purpose of philanthropy.”
The one-hour presentation began with an address by Shannon Stubblefield, Board President of NCPC and Associate Director of Philanthropy. Shannon thanked the Title Sponsor Wells Fargo Banks, and the Diamond, Platinum and Media Sponsors were also shown. We were reminded that Philanthropy means “love of humanity” and that each of this year’s volunteers of the year have gone above and beyond to exemplify this, especially in this COVID year. Those watching the special YouTube broadcast were treated to a song sung by Kids for Peace, “Kindhearted Hands”. Three special awards were presented – Lisa Ritchie, from Habitat for Humanity, recipient of the Spirit of Carol Sigelmam Award given to an exceptional nonprofit professional: Lori Holt Pfeifer, recipient of the Robert Krejci Standards of Excellence Award and Dr. Bonner’s, from Vista, this year’s Corporate Philanthropy Award honoree. Dr. Bonner’s CEO Trudy Bonner, whose father-in-law founded the company in 1948, accepted the award for the company.
Carlo Cecchetto, T.V. Channel 8 News Anchor, next made a short statement about each of the 93 volunteers of the year. This is Carlo’s 4th year taking part in this presentation. Vista’s own Eleanor Hutchins, owner of The Vista Press, was honored, representing the Women’s Club of Vista. Eleanor has received numerous awards for her selfless dedication in a variety of organizations in over 45 years of community volunteering. She has served as the Vista American Little League President, Business & Women’s Club member, Soroptimist International of Vista, Vista City Parks & Recreation Commissioner, The Pride of Vista Lions, a member of the Vista Chamber of Commerce, the Vista Dons, Main Street Program that became the Vista Village Business Association and the Women’s Club of Vista. She has been awarded the “Women Helping Women” award by the Soroptimists, “Lion of the Year” by the Pride of Vista Lions Club, “The Woman of Achievement Award” by the Women’s Club of Vista, “The Ollie Clark Volunteer of the Year Award” from the Main Street Program and inducted into Vista’s Hall of Fame by the Vista Historical Society. While on the Chamber of Commerce, Eleanor helped organize the Vista Christmas Parade and the street fairs.
Eleanor has been married to husband Gary for 56 years and has three children. She and Gary own Hutchins Printing and in 2013, she, with son Eric, launched the online publication of TheVistaPress.com. Eleanor wanted everyone to know that The Volunteer of the Year Award from the North County Philanthropy Council was very special to her as she was being honored with so many other deserving and special people from our community and other North County communities. She said, “I have been humbled and honored this past year with special awards”.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the North County Philanthropy Council can go to www.ncphilanthropy.org to find out how to become involved or assist with this organization.