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January 21, 2014 > Hayward to honor its heroes

Hayward to honor its heroes

Submitted By the Hayward Chamber of Commerce

Hayward will honor recipients of the Business Person, Educator, Firefighter, and Police Officer of the Year Award at the 70th annual ÒHayward Chamber of Commerce Awards Celebration GalaÓ on Saturday, January 25. The event will be held in the University Union on the Hayward campus of California State University, East Bay.

ÒThis is one of HaywardÕs great traditions and a reflection of the esteem this city has for those that make community service their lifeÕs work,Ó said Kim Huggett, president and CEO of the chamber. ÒThe fact that the gala sells out every year says a lot about Hayward.Ó

This yearÕs event will feature a reception followed by a gourmet meal, fine wines, and the awards ceremony. Silent and live auctions will benefit Leadership Hayward, now in its 23rd year of training HaywardÕs current and future leaders.

Those to be honored are Robin Wilma of WilmaÕs Collision Repair; Kimberleigh Watts, principal of Lorin Eden Elementary School; Officer Tommie Clayton; and Firefighter Andrew Ghali.

Business Person of the Year: Robin Wilma
ÒProgressive, resourceful, inclusive, highly respected, and a gracious diplomat,Ó were among the descriptions used in the nomination of Robin Wilma for the Business Person of the Year Award.

Police Officer of the Year: Tommie Clayton
Officer Tommie Clayton has been particularly effective over the past two and a half years as a school resource officer, praised for his awareness of the needs of students in addressing issues such as assaults, insults, cyber bullying, and threats on campus.

Educator of the Year: Kimberleigh Watts
After teaching from grades second through sixth, Ms. Watts transitioned out of the classroom and became an instructional coach and summer school coordinator during the 2007-2008 school year. She then received her assignment as principal of Lorin Eden Elementary in the fall of 2008. Since that time, Ms. Watts has continued her leadership service at Lorin Eden and is honored and dedicated to providing service to all of the students and families she works with.

Reservations for the ÒAwards Celebration Gala,Ó which is black tie optional, are $125 apiece and $1,000 for a table and can be arranged at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, 22561 Main St. For more information call the chamber at (510) 537-2424 or go to the Hayward Chamber of Commerce website at

Awards Celebration Gala
Saturday, Jan 25
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
University Union
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 537-2424
Tickets: $125 apiece, $1,000 for a table

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