Blackhawk Homeowners Association presents Outstanding Citizen Award – The Mercury News

Congratulations to Constance “Connie” Wolfson, who received the 2015 Blackhawk Outstanding Citizen and Humanitarian Award from the Blackhawk Homeowners Association Board of Directors at their August 10 annual meeting. She was involved in the annual Blackhawk Food Drive for Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank for 11 years and held several positions with the Blackhawk Hospice Tree Committee in planning and working the annual tree lighting event, said community manager Mark Goldberg.

The award is given as warranted, but no more frequently than once a year, to outstanding individuals who have provided outstanding service to the Blackhawk community and other parts of the world. Also considered are longevity of service to the community, contributions that have improved the quality of life for Blackhawk residents, and consistent demonstration of leadership ability and/or willingness to work tirelessly in pursuit of the goals of the board of directors and its committees. This is the 11th year of the awards ceremony.

“Previous recipients have set a standard of service and commitment to the community that has raised the bar on what ‘volunteer’ means,” Goldberg said. Among them, Linda Appleton, founder of the Blackhawk Food Drive; Diane Gilfether, founder and director of the Blackhawk Chorus; and 2014 recipient Vincent Burgos for his work on the Architectural Review Board.

“I’m a ‘bag lady’ forever,” Wolfson said of her food drive work. She organizes volunteers to deliver grocery bags to half the gates of the Blackhawk Country Club community and has worked the 6 a.m. shift as Santa’s elf at the west entrance for 11 years. “It’s still dark on that first shift,” she says. “Last year it was pouring rain. They put up a tent for us, and it collapsed in the rain. We were soaked, but lots of people brought food, including many gardeners who are coming so early.

Wolfson’s work with the Hospice Tree Committee includes arranging for the Diablo Vista Middle School choir to perform at the annual tree lighting ceremony, working on the event, and publicizing the event at the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She also helped raise money for Hospice through the sale of tree ornaments.

Wolfson and her husband, Michael, and their children, Martin and Rachel, moved to Blackhawk in 1996 but have lived in the Bay Area since 1989, when they moved from Memphis, Tennessee, to work at Visa in Foster City. Wolfson said she retired in 2010. Her husband fell ill several years ago and died on Christmas Eve last year.

“Michael would have been so proud of me,” Wolfson said. She was happy Martin, 25, attended the ceremony with her before she left for law school in New York.

The Homeowners Association Board of Directors is comprised of Ron Banducci, President; Hank Schultzel, Vice President; Tom Stumpf, secretary; Burgos, treasurer; and Amanda Kuiper, full member.

“The incumbents were the only ones who submitted their names for re-election,” Goldberg said. “We are fortunate to have the same group of dedicated volunteers.

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