Joel M. Simon Named 2012 Fernando Award Recipient

Joel M. Simon Receives 2012 Fernando Award from Gary Thomas, 2011 Fernando Recipient

Joel M. Simon Selected as Recipient of 2012 Fernando Award

Honored For Volunteerism and Civic Accomplishment

The recent 54th Annual Fernando Award Foundation’s Dinner selected Calabasas resident Joel M. Simon as the 54th Recipient of the prestigious Fernando Award. The gala dinner and selection took place on September 21st at the Warner Center Marriott. The ten nominees for 2012 were all honored and celebrated throughout the evening. At the conclusion of the program, Joel Simon was announced as the chosen recipient for this year. The Fernando Award is the highest honor for volunteerism and civic accomplishment in the San Fernando Valley.

About Joel M. Simon

Joel Simon, a partner in Alperstein, Simon, Farkas, Gillin & Scott, LLP, has been practicing law in the San Fernando Valley for thirty years. He handles cases involving business law and has been an advocate for the rights of the gravely disabled. For more than 30 years, he has donated his services to Para Los Niño’s, an organization that helps the children of Skid Row by providing a day care program and family support services. Joel has been the Chairman of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee and the Vice President of the LA County Bar Dispute Resolution Service. Calabasas residents, Joel and his wife, Sylvia, support many reforms to improve education at Los Angeles Unified School District.

54th Annual Fernando Award Dinner and Gala Event

Honors Ten Nominees and Announces The 2012 Recipient of

Prestigious Fernando Award For Volunteerism

The 54th Annual Fernando Award Foundation’s Dinner, to be held on Friday, September 21st, will honor this year’s ten nominees as well as select and announce the Recipient of the 2012 prestigious Fernando Award, the highest honor for volunteerism and civic accomplishment in the San Fernando Valley.

DATE: Friday, September 21, 2012

TIME:  Cocktails at 6:30 PM: Dinner at 7:30 PM

PLACE: Warner Center Marriott Hotel

21850 Oxnard Avenue, Woodland Hills

COST: $!25 each; Open to the public


The ten nominees and the organizations that nominated them are:

  • Eric M. Book, Child and Family Guidance Center
  • Nancy Cartwright, Richard Leyden/North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Lois Curran-Klein, Woodland Hills-Tarzana Chamber of Commerce/Valley Cultural Center
  • Steven R. Fazio, Bert and Jane Boeckmann
  • Sandra Green, Children’s Hunger Fund
  • Earl Greinetz, Providence Tarzana Hospital
  • John L. Moriarity, Karl Boeckmann/Bud Brown
  • Joyce J. Pearson, Valley Women’s Center
  • Gwyn Petrick, Child Development Institute
  • Joel M. Simon, Encino Chamber of Commerce/ Rickey Gelb

For further information about the Fernando Award Foundation, Inc., the website is: and to make dinner reservations or for additional information, please phone Daniale Perry: (818) 980-7867.

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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.

2017 Fernando Award Scholarship Donors

Bruce Miller, CPA
Gelb/Fernando Scholarship
Bert and Jane Boeckmann
Karl Boeckmann

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