The third annual SDMAC Achievement Awards breakfast held on December 8th at the Admiral Kidd Catering and Conference Center was a great success under the Chairmanship of Terry Magee with approximately 350 attending the event. This year’s Award recipients brought new insights, perspectives and levels of support to the military community in the San Diego region. The efforts of the 2009 awardees went above and beyond the call of duty.
The keynote speaker for the breakfast gathering was Admiral Thad Allen, USCG, Commandant of the Coast Guard. The Honorable Jerry Sanders, Mayor of the City of San Diego, also spoke.
Reo Carr, Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of the San Diego Business Journal, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Morning show host Mark Larson of radio station 1170 AM KCBQ San Diego broadcasted live from the Awards event while interviewing several of the attendees Numerous toys were collected for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.
Honorary guest VADM Thomas Kilcline, Jr., USN, Commander, Naval Air Forces, assisted SDMAC President John Nersesian and Admiral Allen in presenting the Awards to the following recipients:
* Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Miramar — The incomparable volunteers of this Relief Society continue to offer a dedicated presence for Marines and Sailors and their families.
* San Diego Armed Services YMCA — This organization offers over 40 programs ranging from family bonding/strengthening, youth development, social networking, and community outreach, to programs that assist wounded warriors and their families.
* San Diego Council, Navy League of the United States — This Council educates the public and recognizes outstanding sea service members while providing programs of support to local military families and youth.
* United Through Reading — Military families separated by military duty greatly benefit form United Through Reading by connecting parents and their children through reading aloud together.
* Dr. Stephen Weber, President, San Diego State University — Dr. Weber’s vision to include veterans in the campus population as a new kind of “diversity” adds to the educational experience of all SDSU students while also creating new educational opportunities for veterans.