Twenty- eight nominated for angel and hero recognition

Twenty eight Mountain Area residents have been nominated for recognition Sunday, Nov. 1, during the 19th Annual Angels and Heroes Amongst Us dinner at Evergreen Conference Center.

Sponsored by the Mountain Bear Fan Club, the 5:30 p.m. dinner spotlights those in the community who quietly do good deeds and support projects throughout the year to improve the quality of life in Eastern Madera County.

The deadline for the required reservations for the dinner is Oct. 20, by calling Beverly Gordon, (559) 683-7929. Dinner selections are barbeque tri-tip, chicken, or vegetarian lasagna. Although there is no charge for the dinner, organizers ask that all attendees bring a new or like-new teddy bear or plush animal to the dinner to be used for the club’s gifting program.

Nominations for this year’s awards, in alphabetical order, are: Michael Baird; Chris Baker; Grady Bryant; Glenn and Mary Bowman; Carolyn Campbell; Don Eaves; Lora and Curtis Haws, Sarah Williams, and Kate Saubolle; Brad and Patrice Jensen; Gail Lipper; Tim Madden; Butch and Karen Morris, and Steve and Linda Core; Tami Michel; Tara Neill; Andrew Pence; Judy Reed; Dan Rule; Chris Stanley; JoAnn Swallow; Robin Wages; and Cheryl Wilhite.

During the evening, men and women, couple, and business angels and heroes of the year will be announced.

Each nominee will be awarded a teddy bear that has been personalized to fit the honoree’s commitment to the community.

The non-profit Mountain Bear Fan club was founded by Toni Lagunoff and the late Jean Eaton in 1991 when they gathered a small group of friends to share how teddy bears comfort and help people smile during tough times.

A silent auction and raffle will be held during the evening for the club, which provides more than 10,000 teddy bears annually to fire departments, the sheriffs department, California Highway Patrol, hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, veterinary hospitals, churches, nursing homes, schools, and urgent care for families who have been affected by a traumatic incident.

Annual membership dues for the club are $20, and checks can be sent to Mountain Bear Fan Club, P.O. Box 2071, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644.

Brief descriptions of each nominee can be seen on the Sierra Star’s website,

Mountain Bear Fan Club