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Joel M. Simon Named 2012 Recipient of Fernando Award

Joel M. Simon, 2012 Recipient of the Fernando Award, with Gary Thomas, the 2011 Fernando Award Recipient.

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: $125 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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Gary M. Thomas Honored

2011 Recipient of The Fernando Award

The 53rd Fernando Award Annual Recognition Reception, was held onFriday, December 2, 2011, to honor Gary M. Thomas, 2011 Fernando Award Recipient. The prestigious Fernando Award is the highest honor for volunteerism and civic accomplishment in the San Fernando Valley.

About Gary M. Thomas

Gary M. Thomas is Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Aaron, Thomas & Associates in Chatsworth, a company specializing in creative consulting, graphic design, printing and direct mail services to the political sector and the general corporate market throughout the United States. Gary’s community service and volunteerism has spanned over 37 years and has involved Chambers of Commerce, organizations that have political impact on the San Fernando Valley, anti-gang programs, youth development organizations, leadership and business impact programs and non-profit organizations. He has helped raise over $5 million for the nearly 30 non-profit organizations he has served in leadership positions. Gary is responsible for creating many innovative fundraising methods among Valley non-profits. He has served on the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of the West for the last 13 years and is currently Chairman of the Board for the fifth year. Gary has served in leadership positions with the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley; United Chambers of the San Fernando Valley; the Valley Business Corps; and The Wellness Community for the Valley and Ventura. He has been active with the San Fernando Valley Business Advisory Commission and the San Fernando Valley Charitable Foundation.

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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.

2017 Fernando Award Scholarship Donors

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

Fernando Award Nomination Packet

Download the 2017 the Fernando Awards nomination packet.

2017 Fernando Award Video

View the 2017 Awards Gala Video from Director, Editor, and Producer of Bluewater Digital, Manny Martinez. Special Thanks to Gary Thomas and Deborah Sable, who were the Executive Producers of this event.

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