More than 100 people gathered on a warm Sunday at the Malibu West Beach Club to honor the 2012 recipients of The Malibu Times 23rd Annual Dolphin Awards.
The awards are presented each year by The Malibu Times to recognize and thank the recipients for their contributions, volunteerism and tireless work and devotion to the community of Malibu.
The Malibu Times publisher Karen York began the awards presentations by noting, “The question I frequently get is how, in a small town such as ours, have we been able to find all these worthy people, even after all these years?
“The problem is actually in narrowing the list down from all the nominations we receive,” she said. “We are not a selfish community. We give and give.”
This year, 14 people were honored as Dolphins for acts ranging from heroism in moments of extreme danger to sustained charity and community spirit over many years.
Finally, Karen Farrer, Craig Foster and Seth Jacobson were honored for their passionate efforts to improve Malibu schools and to form an independent Malibu school district though their organization Advocates for Malibu Public Schools. They have spent tireless hours making sure that Malibu’s school funding dollars stay in Malibu.
“The more we explore, the more we find that our students will only benefit from being independent,” Foster said. “This really is a case of where we are stronger apart than we are together.”
Current and former members of the Malibu City Council, and several city officials also attended the awards ceremony. State Assemblyman Richard Bloom, and Susan Nissman, deputy for County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, were also on hand to congratulate the honorees and to award them certificates of recognition. Representatives for State Sen. Fran Pavley and Congressman Henry Waxman awarded certificates of honor.
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