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Martinez Community Awards

Apr 03, 2017 01:35PM ● Published by Becky Coburn

The Martinez Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce recipients for the 2016 Citizen of the Year Awards.

Lifetime Achievement: Gay Gerlack

Gay Gerlack is a member of the board of directors of Main Street Martinez, Martinez Historical Society, Martinez Early Childhood Center, Central County Homeless Outreach, John Muir Association, Friends of the Martinez Library, Kiwanis Club of Martinez, and the Martinez Arts Association. She has served on the Martinez Park board, Recreation, and Marina Commission and helped create the successful campaign to pass Measure H in 2008. She belongs to Kiwanis, Soroptimist and Lioness and serves as a director on the Martinez Chamber of Commerce board.

Woman of the Year: Candice Gliatto

Candice Gliatto is the owner of Citrus Salon, a Main Street Martinez board member, and chair and treasurer of the Main Street Economic Vitality Committee.

Man of the Year: Mike Beck

Mike Beck has served on the MEF board, is a key member of MEF Run for Education Committee, and is involved with National Night Out, MEF Family Fun Night, PTA Leadership Council for MUSD and Shell/MUSD Annual Essay Contest.

Young Man of the Year: Jason Frost

Jason Frost, an Alhambra Valedictorian, is captain of Tieni Duro Junior Cycling Team, does tutoring, volunteers for Shell/MEF Run for Education and Downtown Clean-up Day, and coordinated the Mock Election at Alhambra High School.

Young Woman of the Year: Shelby Bolton

Shelby Bolton, a senior at Vicente High School, is president of Leadership, participated in Downtown Clean-up Days and Coastal Clean-ups, and presented at the Earn and Learn awards ceremony. She arranged a field trip for a group to pick out free prom dresses.

Educator/Teacher of the Year: Michele Roche

Mrs. Roche is a 5th grade teacher at John Swett Elementary. She is a passionate educator that encourages hands-on learning, independent thinking, and collaboration.

Service Without Borders: David Rich 

David Rich is an active historian in writing and cataloging the history of all 117 years of Alhambra High School and has chaired three reunions for the class of 1973.

Join the Martinez Chamber of Commerce at the Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 15, 6-9pm, at the Masonic Hall, 700 Masonic Street, Martinez. Reservations available through Monday, April 10, $55 per person, tables of ten are $500. Call (925) 228-2345 or email

Community Martinez Citizens of the Year Gay Gerlack Candice Gliatto Mike Beck Jason Frost Shelby Bolton Michele Roche David Rich
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