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April 14, 2010 > Awards to Honor Local History Achievements

Awards to Honor Local History Achievements

Submitted By Heather Mellon

Each year since 2000, the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) has honored community members who have made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of local history and historic character. The 11th Annual History Awards will be held at the Stonebrae Country Club on April 23.

Six winners were selected by the HAHS Board of Directors for the 2010 Awards. The Varni family will receive the Historic Preservation Award for preserving the historical integrity of 650 A Street, originally constructed in 1949 by John and Claire Varni for Pacific Telephone Company and later the home of the Pioneer Skate Arena.

Fred's Flowers and Gifts founded in San Lorenzo in 1942 by Fred and Lucille Kraus and now operated by their son Richard, will receive the Historic Business Award. The Historic Organization Award will go to the Lone Tree Cemetery, where many of Hayward's most prominent citizens have been laid to rest since its founding in 1870.

A fourth grade teacher at Dayton Elementary, Kimberlyn Fischer-Hayes will receive the Educator of the Year Award for her contributions to improving HAHS educational programs and services. The Community Service Award will go to Karen Holzmeister for her support of preserving local history during her 38 years as a reporter for The Daily Review. Maria Ochoa will receive the John Sandoval Award, which recognizes an exceptional commitment to the area's history, for her work researching and sharing the history of Russell City.

The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Stonebrae Country Club, with cocktails and breathtaking sunset views. In addition to the awards presentation, the evening will feature live music by the Tennyson Blues Knights jazz ensemble, a buffet dinner prepared by Stonebrae's Executive Chef Hemant Surendran and an opportunity to bid on silent auction prizes. Raffle tickets may also be purchased for the chance to win a tour and wine tasting for up to 30 people courtesy of Byington Winery and Vineyard.

Proceeds from the event help fund the Society's historic preservation and educational endeavors. All who wish to support the 2010 award winners, HAHS or the preservation of local history are welcome to attend.

To purchase tickets or request an invitation, call Development Director Alison Wenz at (510) 581-0223 or send an e-mail to You can also visit us on the web at or stop by the Downtown Museum at 22701 Main Street in Hayward, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Awards to Honor Local History Achievements
Friday, April 23
5:30 p.m.
Stonebrae Country Club
27900 Fairview Avenue, Hayward
(510) 581-0223

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