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By Tommy Hough
An immense thanks to all the sponsors, club members, award winners, special guests and all who stopped by Ponce's Mexican Restaurant on Sunday the 11th to help us celebrate our second anniversary.
Special thanks to photographer Deborah Gostin of Deborah Gostin Photography for serving as our event photographer. If you were at our event, you're probably in one of these pictures.
Thanks as well to our special guest Daraka Larimore-Hall, secretary of the California Democratic Party. Daraka came all the way down from Santa Barbara the morning of the event to be with us, and delivered remarks that wholly fit the moment, time and place of our event – and the environmental movement as a whole.
Many thanks to club member Renée Owens, who donated three absolutely beautiful wildlife photos from her collection for our silent auction. Ordinarily Renée's photos and prints go for hundreds of dollars, so her donation to the club and our silent auction effort is enormously generous – and reflects the imperative need to protect San Diego County's wildlife, wild places and native species.
Thanks also to the team at Ponce's Mexican Restaurant, who once again made us feel at home and delivered delicious food for the event, and did so with a great deal of care, attention and patience. Please tell your friends and family about Ponce's, and pay them a visit for lunch or dinner again.
Thanks of course to last year's Making a Difference award winner, Nicole Capretz of the Climate Action Campaign, for her inspiring remarks in "handing off" and presenting the award to Cori Schumacher, and her ongoing commitment to addressing climate change issues around the region.
And a very special thank you to our award winners – our 2016 Making a Difference award winner Cori Schumacher, and our first-ever Steadfast and Courage award winner Dan Ortiz – for their peerless efforts as environmental Democrats who upheld the very definition of our club's name with humility and strength. We're honored to have you as members of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action.
And a thank you once again to all of our members and event attendees. You're the reason our club is heading into its third year, and the reason San Diego County is rapidly becoming a green, Democratic stronghold. We will call on you again for support, help and assistance as we head into 2017.
Wear those buttons proud and help San Diego County keep "turning the corner" to a greener place.
The blog component of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action is edited by club president Tommy Hough, and welcomes content from SDCDEA members, guests and leadership.