A couple hundred people packed into a banquet room at the River Mill in French Camp to honor the recipients of the 2019 Community Recognition Awards.
Male Citizen of the Year Don Cose received a standing ovation when his name was called.
“I love Tracy,” Cose said in his acceptance speech. “There’s so many people around Tracy giving so much, doing so much, and they never get credit for it. Hopefully tonight I can remind somebody of some of the stuff people have done before us.”
The Tracy Chamber of Commerce sponsors the awards and the gala to fete businesses and individuals who make a difference in the community.
The Female Citizen of the Year was Diane Colacino, who has served for decades at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tracy as well as a host of other organizations and efforts. She thanked her husband in her acceptance speech.
“He provides the support that allows me to do what I do,” she said. “I tell people we are like two perfect peas, working side by side nonstop. We both give our all when we volunteer.”
The Ambassador of the Year was Maggie Foresee-Griese. Millennium High senior Manal Siddiqui was the Emerging Youth Leader. Dan Schack and Dino Margaros were selected for the From the Heart Award for their efforts to make downtown Tracy better. The Tracy Family Resource Center was the Organization of the Year. Kim and Matt Scarlata of Scarlata Farms received the Entrepreneur of the Year award. Prologis was picked as Business of the Year. Jefferson School Principal Alyssa Wooten was the Administrator of the Year.
Mayor Robert Rickman was also on hand to administer the oath of office for the chamber board members who will serve in the coming year.