Biz Buzz: Award winners 'impact' community

Winners have been selected for the 2010 Central Coast Community Impact Awards, presented by K-LIFE 89.3 FM and 890 AM radio. Recipients will be honored at a Dec. 2 banquet at the Monarch Club in Nipomo.

A committee of community leaders reviewed more than 50 nominations and chose the following:

  • Hospice Partners of the Central Coast is the Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year for its range of compassionate end-of-life care services. The organization sees more than 1,000 patients a year, accounting for about 50 percent of the deaths in the area that are related to natural causes.
  • Lisa Ray is Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for self-starting a volunteer effort to clothe people in need, which is estimated to have assisted 2,000 people in less than 18 months. In 2009, Ray donated her own used clothing to a single parent in need, which inspired organized clothing and shoe drives for the Family Resource Centers in Nipomo, Oceano and Arroyo Grande. Having converted the lower level of her home into a collection center, Ray works with several nonprofit agencies in the Five Cities area and has formed a nonprofit organization, Lisa Ray’s Donation Group.
  • Diane Blakeslee Brocato is the Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year, lauded for more than five decades of philanthropic work. She has contributed funds to start the International Choral Festival at the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly, to renovate the Cuesta College Auditorium and to provide seed money for the Arne Nyback Curatorial Endowment for the San Luis Obispo Art Center. She has also taken board and leadership roles with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, the Cuesta College Foundation, Pacific Repertory Opera (now Opera San Luis Obispo), Festival Mozaic, the Red Cross and Rotary.
  • Verdin Marketing Ink is the Outstanding Business of the Year for its work in assisting nonprofit groups. Through the firm’s Adopt-a-Nonprofit program, one full day of work each month is donated to a selected group, totaling what the firm says is more than $250,000 worth of time and talent since 2003.
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