On May 29, about 60 supporters and friends came to celebrate the two honorees and dine on the patio at Toffinellis in Grass Valley.
The evening began with a mixer hour as jazz guitarist George Souza played. Then, as folks sat down to dine, the evening’s proceedings continued with a talk by executive director Paul Cogley about the direction and challenges of Sierra Roots. Next up was the presentation of the Community Collaborator 2019 honor to Roland Meyer, pastor of FIrst Baptist Church Nevada City.
The finale of the evening was the presentation of the Community Builder 2019 honor to Janice O’Brien by Hospitality House Board Chairman Leo Grannucci. Leo also announced that the fundraiser and recognition dinner will become an annual event and that in future years the Community Builder Award will be known as the Janice O’Brien Community Builder Award.