Community Champions

The Big Fresno Fair Community Champions Awards formally recognize individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary passion for the betterment of Fresno County. Awards are given in four categories:

  • Youth
  • Volunteer
  • Humanitarian
  • Educator

 

To be a contender for the Community Champions Awards, individuals must first be nominated by a community individual, Big Fresno Fair staff or past Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors. Nominations will then be reviewed by The Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors and final selections are made at their August Board meeting. Please click here for a nomination packet.

All Big Fresno Fair Community Champions Award-winners receive prominent visual recognition at the Fairgrounds, as well as receive a special Community Champions Award plaque at Opening Ceremonies. Here are the names of the recipients who have received this honor:  

2008
Taytum Rose Popp
Community Champion, Youth

Larry M. Fortune
Community Champion, Volunteer

Israel Lara
Community Champion, Humanitarian

Alfred Sanchez
Community Champion, Educator

2009
Caz Ashjian
Community Champion, Youth

Francine Vindiola
Community Champion, Volunteer

Ray Appleton & Paul Rodriguez
Community Champions, Humanitarian

Mike Jarman
Community Champion, Educator

“Reno” the Fresno County Sheriff K9 Officer
Community Champion, Special Award

2010
David Robinson
Community Champion, Youth

Eugene & Juanita Junette
Community Champion, Volunteer

Pauline Middleton
Community Champions, Humanitarian

Dr. Mark Wilson
Community Champion, Educator

De Young Properties
Community Champion, Special Award

2011
Sharon Ross
Community Champion, Youth

Eloise Pantages
Community Champion, Volunteer

Beth Caffrey
Community Champion, Humanitarian

Marcus P. Johnson
Community Champion, Educator

2012
Maria Gutierrez
Community Champion, Volunteer

Larry Powell
Community Champion, Humanitarian

Randy Perry
Community Champion, Educator

Mark Hudson
Community Champion, Special Award
 

2013
Teri and Ken Penfold

Community Champion, Volunteer

David Lopes
Community Champion, Educator

Sharon Johnson
Community Champion, Humanitarian

Al Smith
Community Champion, Special Award