PGE EmployeeVolunteer honored for 18 years of Leadership with
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PRES RELEASE, November 13, 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AND PUBLICATION 3888 Pacific Avenue Contact: Carey Vanderkar, Events Planner Stockton, CA 95204 Development and Public Relations (209) 957-3888 email@example.com 2006 Frederick W. Mielke, Jr. Award Presented on November 14th PG&E Employee/Volunteer honored for 18 years of Leadership with Hospice of San Joaquin’s Tree of Lights On Saturday, November 18th Stocktonians traveling past Delta College on Pacific Avenue will see a PG&E crew performing a once-a-year service: stringing holiday lights on the huge evergreen that sits at the entry at Yokuts and Pacific. The volunteer crew is led by Mark Rasmussen who initiated the technical planning and production of the first Tree of Lights 18 years ago. Mark remains the lead person for this project and over the past 18 years Mark has established additional sites for the Hospice of San Joaquin annual event. Through his dedication and his ability to attract other PG&E employees to assist in stringing thousands of outdoor lights, Mark has helped to raise over $1 million dollars (since 1988) for Hospice of San Joaquin’s mission to serve the terminally ill and their families. For his dedication, PG&E has selected Mark Rasmussen to receive its Mielke Award for outstanding community service. The Mielke Award is given to only five (5) PG&E employees each year. The winners are chosen form all their employees in California. The Honor is named for Frederick Mielke, Jr., who served as PG&E’s Chairman from 1979 – 1986 and was known for his efforts to encourage employees to serve their communities beyond the work-day. The 2006 Mielke Awards were presented Tuesday, November 14th at PG&E San Francisco headquarters, with Ophelia Basgal, VP of Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives, as the MC. Hospice of San Joaquin’s Executive Director, Barbara Tognoli provided the nomination presentation to the Mielke Awards committee at the invitation of Ken Wells, PG&E Regional Manager. Mrs. Tognoli, Gail Wigley, RN, Clinical Director and Barbara Pombo, Director of Development, and Frank Carilllo, Tree of Lights Volunteer attended the awards ceremony. Barbara Tognoli, with an invitation to the community, commented: “We are so pleased to congratulate Mark on his extraordinary service to hospice care, to our communities. With his leadership we are today able to bring this holiday tradition to the families we serve throughout the region in six locations. With the support of our PG&E crew, every family touched by the loss of a loved one can easily participate in lighting up a light in their local communities.” Tree Lighting Ceremonies will take place in the following cities: Tracy – November 18th, 5:30pm at Prime Outlets Stockton - November 21st, 6pm, at Delta College Manteca – November 29th, 6pm at Dr.’s Hospital Lockeford – December. 6th, 5:45 pm at Bank of Lodi Lodi -- Decembet 7th, 5:30pm, at Lodi City Hall (preceding the Parade of Lights) Rio Vista – December 2nd, 5:30 pm, at Rio Vista City Hall (preceding the Boat Parade) To dedicate a light call 209-922-0242 or visit www.hospicesj.org.