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Community - September 14, 2011

Menlo Chamber names Golden Acorn Award winners

Businesses, organizations and individuals will be recognized for public service and business excellence on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the 39th Golden Acorn Awards banquet, sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, and held at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park.

Selected by a committee of chamber members, the recipients will be honored in the fields of business excellence, community service, public service, and work by a nonprofit organization.

Rich Cline, mayor of Menlo Park, will give a state-of-the-city address at 5:15 p.m. and the banquet and silent auction will be held at 6:15 p.m.

And the winners are:

Business excellence. Cheeky Monkey Toys is a local, family-owned independent toy store, established in downtown Menlo Park in 1999. Cheeky Monkey offers a broad range of products for children of all ages.

Community service. Retired architect Ernst Meissner and teacher Betty Meissner have been actively involved as volunteers with Friends of the Library, the Library Foundation, and Project Read adult literacy programs.

Public service. Since 2007, Thomas Rogers, associate planner of the city of Menlo Park, has worked with consultants, staff, council and commissioners, as well as residents, businesses, property owners, and developers on the El Camino Real/downtown specific plan.

Nonprofit organization. Rebuilding Together Peninsula builds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income residents. With the help of nearly 79,000 volunteers, Rebuilding Together has restored 1,431 homes and community facilities with an estimated reconstruction value over $33 million.

INFORMATION

The 39th annual Golden Acorn Awards banquet will be held Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, in Menlo Park. Reservations are $100. Call 325-2818 for more information.

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