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21st Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala Was A Huge Success

Upland, CA – The 21st Annual Celebration of Excellence was a true night to remember. We celebrated a group of individuals who are in a league of their own.


The Inland Valley News Inc. was thrilled to present its 21st Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala, on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Doubletree by Hilton, 222 North Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, California, 91764.


The Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala is a community outreach program of the Inland Valley News sponsored together with its affiliated not for-profit, public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation, Morrow Pancreatic Health Foundation. This event is one of the few true celebrations of the achievements and contributions of people who have helped make this community and surrounding communities the gems of Southern California. This year, hundreds of registered guests, including leaders in business, education, housing, transportation, health care, government, Faith Leaders and media as well as other key decision-makers participated in this annual celebration.


The Awards Recipients were: Jeffrey Burum, (Diversified Pacific Development Group) – Publishers Award; Ms. Bessine Richards, (San Bernardino Council Member Sixth Ward) – Excellence in Civic Leadership Award; Dr. Brian L. Haynes, (Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs UC Riverside) – Excellence in Educational Administration Award; Judge Kirk S. Garvin, (Superior Courts of San Bernardino County) – Excellence in Jurisprudence Award; Ms. Cora Carmody, (Tech Goddess) –Excellence in Technology Award; Dr. Bonnie James, (BRJ & Associates, LLC) – Excellence in Community Development Award; Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, (Professor, University of LaVerne) – Excellence in Community Leadership; Pastor Gerald & Lady Brenda Dodd, (The Baptist Church of the New Covenant) – Excellence in Faith-Based Community Engagement Award; Mr. Reggie Webb, –Lifetime Achievement Award; Kianna Webb and Kyle Webb (C.E.E.M.) – Excellence in Economic Development Award. Thank you for doing great work in the community. We see you and were privileged to shine a light on what each of you have done to make the world a better place.


Congratulations again to all of the honorees and recipients of the 2018 Celebration of Excellence. 


A portion of the proceeds from this event helped to provide support for The Morrow Pancreatic Health Foundation. Inspired by Inland Valley News Founder and Publisher Emeritus, Tommy Morrow’s nearly fatal bout with severe necrotizing pancreatitis and his ongoing battle with the illness. The Morrow Pancreatic Health Foundation provides prevention, education, and awareness around pancreatic related illnesses to underserved communities and populations that are prone to inadequate healthcare. The organization’s mission is to tell the world, through education and by taking preventive measures that there is hope and help for pancreas related illnesses. Join us in helping to spread the word about pancreatic health.  


This illustrious event would have not been made possible without our sponsors. The Celebration of Excellence was sponsored by Diversified Pacific, Macy’s, Mark Christopher Chevrolet, C.E.E.M, James Ramos, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, University of LaVerne, University of LaVerne’s College of Business Management, National Core, Wright Family Trust Foundation, Law Office of Larsen O’Brien, California State University San Bernardino, BRJ & Associates, LLC, Inland Valley News, Western University of Health Sciences, Urban Philanthropy, Pete & Barbara McCormick Family Trust, Transcendence Children & Family Services. Thank you so much for your support in helping us achieve An Evening of Building Community. The support each sponsor provided has been instrumental to the success of the Celebration of Excellence. The Inland Valley News thanks you for your partnership.




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