The Hidden Garden Steps is among 14 projects in San Francisco to be honored with a NEN (Neighborhood Empowerment Network) Award in City Hall on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 starting at 6 pm. Reservations to attend this free event can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nen-awards-tickets-18894018518, and we’re hoping to see as many members of our community of support there as possible.
“It’s been an amazing nomination process over the last few months and so many deserving people and organizations were submitted for consideration,” NEN representatives noted in their announcement this week.
“NEN awards is a partnership between the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Community Challenge Grant Program of the City and County of San Francisco to produce an annual celebration in honor of the individuals and organizations that take an active role in improving our neighborhoods,” the formal Awards Ceremony site shows.
“For many years, individuals and organizations have invested valuable time and energy to help improve the communities & neighborhoods of the City and County of San Francisco. The Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Community Challenge Grant want to turn the spotlight onto these committed stakeholders by dedicating an evening celebration for their work. The NEN wards will be an evening reception that will elevate and celebrate the people who have made our neighborhoods better places to live. The awards will be given out by various City agencies. The evening will also include a presentation on the work of the recipients of last year’s Community Challenge Grants and an announcement of the recipients of this year’s grants.”
Best Community Green Project: The Euclid Gardens Expansion Project
Best Neighborhood Watch Group: 500-700 Block of San Bruno Neighborhood Watch Group
NERT Leadership Award: Sylvia Borgonovo
Most Empowering City Employee of the Year Award: Captain Joseph McFadden
Youth Neighborhood Leader Award: Joshua Cardenas
Best Graffiti Watch Volunteer Award: Kappa Sigma Fraternity Pi-Upsilon Chapter
Comeback Neighborhood of the Year: Cayuga Terrace
Best Merchant Association/CBD: Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association
Best Community Challenge Grant Project: Hidden Garden Steps
Outstanding Park Volunteer Group: Friends of North Beach/Joe DiMaggio Playground
NEN Lifetime Achievement Award: Joelle Kenealy
NEN Hall of Fame: Rosario Anaya
Best Community Building Event: Art Night SF