The Clovis Hall of Fame Council will hold its 41st annual Clovis Community Awards Gala and introduce the 2016 Community Awards honorees on June 18 at Clovis Veterans Memorial District.
Clovis City Council member and former mayor Lynne Ashbeck will serve as master of ceremonies.
Terry Kershaw, the first president of the Clovis Community College, has been named Clovis Citizen of The Year. Kershaw was instrumental in the formation of Willow-International Center and saw it become Clovis Community College.
Three Clovis citizens will be added into the Clovis Hall of Fame for 2016.
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Robert “Bob” Ferrara, a longtime community leader, along with Ralph and Elaine Lynn are slated to be added to the nearly 200 Clovis leaders inducted since the Hall of Fame started in 1975.
The posthumous addition of Fran Blackney , a longtime voice for the Clovis business community and a force behind the Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy, will share the Spirit of Clovis Award with Mine Ikeda for her lifelong dedication to Clovis civic programs.
Steven Tirapelle, a former coach and teacher in Clovis Unified School District, is to receive the 2016 Service to Youth Award. Tirapelle was the head wrestling coach at Clovis High School from 1997 until his retirement last year. He is the only head coach to win five straight state championships in the 44-year history of the California Interscholastic Federation, 2011-2015. He was named United States National Coach in 2013 and 2014.
August Flach will receive the Service to Veterans honor for his lifetime commitment to our American Veterans. Flach served in the U.S. Army and has been involved in local veterans affairs since his discharge in 1970. He is currently serves as Post Commander of VFW Post 3225 in Clovis.
The Firefighter of the Year award will go to Chris Bridger of the Clovis Fire Department for his leadership among his fellow firefighters. The Clovis Police Officer of the Year will be Giuseppe Chiaramonte for his personal role this past year in the Clovis Police Department.
The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets to the gala are $50; call (559) 779-7194 for tickets. Proceeds fund scholarships for graduating seniors from Clovis Unified’s five high schools.
The Hall of Fame is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Clovis, as one of its community service projects.