About

The Fernando Award is one of the top awards for civic accomplishment in the nation and the highest award for volunteerism in the greater San Fernando Valley.  Over the years, community and civic organizations across the country have used the Fernando Award as a model to establish similar recognition programs hoping to regenerate a felling of community, an atmosphere of friendliness, and a system of support for the needy.  The Fernando Award has been called the Academy Award for Volunteerism.

The mission of the Fernando Award is to promote and recognize lifetime volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley.  The idea for the awardoriginated in 1958 by a group of San Fernando Valley business and community leaders interested in encouraging community involvement.   Since then, over 600 people have been honored for their commitment to volunteerism in the San Fernando Valley.  Although numerous individual are nominated each year, only one is selected to receive the coveted Fernando Award.  The award that is handed out is in the form of a miniature replica of the actual Fernando monument located in the Van Nuys Civic Center.   Name of each of the award recipients are etched in the base of the monument and on a marble obelisk in Warner Center Park.

The Fernando Award

The Fernando Award is the highest award for volunteerism and philanthropy in the San Fernando Valley. It is supported by the Valley Chambers of Commerce, civic and philanthropic organizations, entrepreneurs and corporations located in the San Fernando Valley.

2016 Fernando Award Video

View the 2016 Awards Gala Video from Director, Editor, and Producer of Bluewater Digital, Manny Martinez. Special Thanks to Gary Thomas and Debra Sable, who were the Executive Producers of this event.

Get Involved

The Fernando Award Foundation invites businesses and residents to become official "Benefactors" or "Patrons" of the Fernando Award. Please click here to learn how you can support the Fernando Award Foundation in this way.

Fernando Award Nomination Packet

Download the 2017 the Fernando Awards nomination packet.

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