Volunteer of the Year - People's Choice!

Position: Volunteer

Organization: Orange Senior Center


Mr. Harris, who is almost 90 years old, is dependable, and he does his volunteer duties every day, rain or shine. He takes pride in his duties and responsibilities. He is always willing to help out when asked and seeks nothing in return.

Mr. Harris often brings candy, chocolates or other little treats to pass around to the seniors, and these simple acts of kindness make everyone’s day sweeter.

Mr. Harris is a veteran (“Once a Marine, always a Marine,” he says) who works hard and should be recognized.  He deserves to be Volunteer of the Year, hands down!


Family Member Hero - People's Choice!

Peggy Padilla


Organization: Home Caregiver


Peggy has entertained with her fantastic tapping at senior facilities all over Southern California. Today that activity has been restricted by her role as caregiver to her husband, Mike, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease Dementia. The above picture shows Peggy and Mike at the 2014 Fourth of July parade in their community.


Veteran Hero - People's Choice!

Jack Ray Hammett

Position: President

Organization: The Freedom Committee of Orange County


Jack Hammett was in the US Navy from 1937 until 1967. He was a pharmacist's mate at the naval hospital on that fateful date - Dec. 7, 1941. Jack worked four straight days helping the wounded and trying to identify the dead. It was a time he will never forget, and he's not too proud to tell you afterwards he and his friends cried "like babies." After 1967, he was a successful businessman, a pilot, a reserve policeman and mayor of Costa Mesa. President Ronald Reagan appointed him to two state boards. He is currently the President of the Freedom Committee of Orange County. He formed this group with three other friends with the intention of creating a "living history" model. The idea was to get veterans into classrooms to teach what can't be seen in books – to describe what it means to serve your country.


Senior Hero - People's Choice!

Richard Molthen


Organization: Cypress Senior Center


Richard Molthen also known as Doc is a volunteer for many senior center throughout Orange County with the Home Delivered Meals programs.