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Jefferson Awards

Latest SF Bay Area Jefferson Awards

Michelle Lacourciere (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Helping Create Brighter Future In Haiti

A business trip to Haiti changed the life of a Pacifica woman. This former paralegal and mother of three is now dedicated to improving the lives of families by bringing clean energy and the hope of a brighter future.

11/07/2013

Jefferson Award winner  Kevin Briggs (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Talks People Down From Desperate Situations

Law enforcement officers are duty-bound to protect and serve, but it takes special dediction to calm a highly emotional situation. This week’s Jefferson Award winner has spent more than 20 years finding the right words to say to those in despair.

10/30/2013

Jefferson Award winner Ann-Eve Hazen (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Helps College Dreams Come True For SF Families

Some 85 percent of San Francisco’s public school students would be the first in their families to graduate from college, according to this week’s Jefferson Award winner. It’s a number that inspired her to create a program that’s changing lives.

10/23/2013

(L-R) ACT for Mental Health CEO Wanda Alexander, volunteer Andres Florez. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Provides Retreat For Mental Illness Patients

For hundreds of people struggling with mental illness, a downtown San Jose center has been their lifeline for decades, thanks to this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

10/17/2013

Chaplain Lee Shaw, Jefferson Awards

Jefferson Award Winner Responds To The Needs Of 1st Responders

A North Bay man found his calling in some of the worst situations possible – and the support he lends in a crisis has earned him this week’s Jefferson Award.

10/09/2013

Jefferson Award winner Keith Crawford (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winner Turns Family Tragedy Into Life-Saving Mission

Nearly 120,000 people in the U.S. need life-saving organ transplants, according to organ donor networks. A San Francisco man who’s lived through personal tragedy has made it his life’s mission to increase the donor pool. He’s this week’s Jefferson Award winner.

10/02/2013

Vic and Mary Ojakian. (CBS)

Jefferson Award Winners Save Lives By Getting Students Mental Health Help

This week’s Jefferson Award winners make a formidable team: together they’ve raised four children and built successful careers. But as Kate Kelly reports, none of it prepared them for what happened nine years ago.

09/25/2013

Phyllis Cecchettini (CBS)

Jefferson Awards: Brightening The Lives Of Disabled Seniors

What’s the secret to long life? A South San Francisco woman who’s nearly a century old says volunteering keeps her young. It’s a philosophy that has earned her this week’s Jefferson Award.

09/18/2013

Herbert Lofton (CBS)

Jefferson Awards: Building A Community To Improve Lives

An East Bay man who worked for 34 years as an Oakland employee and union president bringing people together in work is now using those skills to create a different kind of community.

09/11/2013