2012 ACES, Awards Celebrating Excellence in Service
The Eighth Annual ACES awards dinner returned to Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery on February 3rd, 2012. The ACES, Awards Celebrating Excellence in Service, were presented in six categories and celebrated the contributions our members have made to tennis in Northern California.
During the cocktail reception, award winners, guests, staff and volunteers, networked and shared their appreciation for tennis. Everyone had a story to tell about how the sport has impacted their life or brought positive change in their community. Bonnie Taylor summed up the feelings of her fellow Captains of the Year when she said, "I am incredibly grateful to have been honored for a task I love."
As dinner began, emcee Dick Gould, Director of Tennis at Stanford University welcomed everyone and thanked all of the individuals and organizations being honored. He made special note of the importance of the organizations and individuals who work to bring tennis to diverse and underserved populations, especially for our youth.
Wheelchair, Diversity, Tournament and League ACES were presented by the respective staff and committee representative. Each noted the importance of their volunteers in growing membership, programs and participation. USTA NorCal President of the Board, Michael Cooke and Executive Director Steve Leube presented the final awards of the evening, Service to Tennis, to those who have had a lifetime impact.
SERVICE TO TENNIS ACES
Andrew Ball, Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship
Nigel Pugh, Fred A. Earle Jr. Teaching Professional
Bill Weber, Warren Brown Service to Junior Tennis
Don Jacobus, Lifetime Achievement
Break the Barriers, Inc., Member Organization of the Year
Andrea Norman, President's Award
COMMUNITY TENNIS ACES
Charles Fager, Outstanding Community Tennis Volunteer
Roseland Youth Center, Outstanding Community Tennis Association
Sada Chidambaram, Community Volunteer of the Year
Fabian Acosta, Most Improved Wheelchair Player
Tracey Milne, Outstanding Wheelchair Tennis Volunteer
Tiburon Peninsula Tennis Club, Outstanding Organization
Johnny Rios, Ned Mansfield Memorial Award and Scholarship
Michael Clark, Service Award
Craig Pasqua, Trailblazer
Loke Davis, Leadership Award
Dave Higaki, Icon Award
ADULT TOURNAMENT ACES
Scott Krueger, Adult Tournament Director of the Year
Vince Russo, Adult Tournament Director of the Year
Alfie Fujitani Eldridge, Adult Tournament Referee of the Year
Bill Johnston, Adult Tournament Volunteer of the Year
Tahoe Donner First Annual Senior, Most Outstanding Senior
$3,000 First Republic Los Gatos Men's Open, Most Outstanding Open
Third Annual Pam Krone Memorial NTRP, Most Outstanding NTRP
ADULT LEAGUE ACES
Peter Rugh, Service to Leagues
Leslie Johnson, League Volunteer of the Year
Paula Cunningham, Area League Coordinator of the Year
ClubSport Valley Vista, League Facility of the Year
2011 League National Championship Teams: Stanford Taube Adult W4.5, Gold River Racquet Club Senior M3.5 and Roseville CTA/Maheny Park Mixed 6.0.
League Captains of the Year: Debbie Argabright, Rob Corder, Ken Defiebre, Patricia Dvorak, Rick Gibson, Richard Giusto, Maureen Hern, Linda Holbrook, Jake Karmendy, Yen Lim, Monika Maier, Cheryl Messenger, Erin Morales, William Schulz, Leonard Smith, Elizabeth Tabussi and Bonnie Taylor.