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 and 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. Know someone that is a "Community Champion" in Fresno County? Then fill out a Community Champions Nomination Packet and submit it by August 15, 2015 for them to be considered.

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

2014
Mark Thompson
Community Champion, Volunteer
Phyliss Jensen Cregan
Community Champion, Humanitarian
Perry Huffman
Community Champion, Special Award
Jerry Turner
Community Champion, Special Award