In a tight-knit community like La Crescenta, Maluccio said, it is always hard to select the winners out of the many people who contribute.
But selecting outgoing Crescenta Valley Town Council President Steve Pierce for Man of the Year was a no-brainer, she said.
“He’s just been there for everything that’s gone on,” she said. “He helps with everything, from the Town Council to filling sandbags.”
Pierce is on the boards of directors for the Montrose Christmas Parade, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Support Group and Volunteers, and the Crescenta Valley Fire Safe Council, among others. While Pierce decided not to run for another term on the Town Council to spend more time with his family, he said he will still be involved in the community.
Crescenta Valley High School senior Yoon Lee was awarded Student of the Year for her activism at school and in the community, logging more than 700 hours of community service, including her time with the Junior ROTC and other service organizations.
Still, Lee said she was surprised when her principal notified her she had been chosen for the award.
“I think there are a lot of people at my school who deserve it,” she said.
Community members said the long-awaited La Crescenta Library, which is set to open in January after years of development, was the obvious choice for the banquet’s beautification award.
The $14.6-million library replacement spans 15,000 square feet and will feature separate adult and children’s sections, a community meeting room, study rooms and wireless Internet access.
“There was no question about what would be the most beautiful attraction in the valley,” said Town Councilwoman Danette Erickson. “It’s the future of Foothill Boulevard.”
Man of the Year: Steve Pierce
Woman of the Year: Rita Even
Volunteer of the Year: Steve Goldsworthy
Business of the Year: The Trophy Shoppe
Educator of the Year: Lisa Reed
Student of the Year: Yoon Lee
Beautification Award: La Crescenta Library
Organization of the Year: Montrose Search and Rescue
California Highway Patrol: Officer Andre Primeaux
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: Deputy Randy Forney
Glendale Police Department: Agent Charlton Vidal
Los Angeles County Fire Department: Capt. David Inman