We got an email Tuesday night telling us that we had won Citizen of Tomorrow and inviting us to the award dinner at Terra Gallery in San Francisco. So Fern & I got dressed up and drove over to the city. As we drove up, we were greeted by a large contingent of valets rushing to open our door and help us out of the car. WOW! What were we in store for? We walked up the ramp and into a large, beautifully decorated room.
At the registration desk, we got a fabulous greeting. “You are our honored guests. We are so pleased to meet you. Thank you so much for the great work you are doing. We loved your video. You are sitting at table 10 with the other award winners and members of our staff.”
We walked into a lovely cocktail party with scores of waiters offering us wine and hors d’oeuvres. They also had a full bar which was wasted on the two of us. Then we sat down to a delicious catered dinner and speeches. The first speaker was Liza Frazier, President and CEO of Bay Citizen, the online newspaper that held the competition. She spoke about their amazing success their first year and about how they were celebrating with this event. The first award, the Citizen of the Year, went posthumously to Bill Patterson, an investor, philanthropist and environmentalist, who tragically passed away at the age of 48.
The next award, Citizen of Tomorrow, went to EBCBP. After showing the video and presenting us with a plaque and a check for $5000, I was invited to speak. I spoke briefly about how grateful we were for the money and how gratifying the book project has been. Then I spoke about how we could work together to get the word out and help us expand to other areas.
There was an after party with a DJ and food trucks downstairs. Fern & I felt it was a little loud and were ready to leave when staff grabbed us and said we had to be introduced. So they stopped the entire party and had everyone clap for us! This was our Queen for the Day moment for those of you old enough to remember the very first reality TV show.
We are very grateful to everyone at Bay Citizen and all of you who voted for us. And a giant thank you to Robin Jolin for generously sharing the photos with us