Each year, our friends at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce celebrate excellence in the community through the Beautiful Bakersfield awards. Nominees from across the community are accepted in various categories — all from their efforts to enhance and promote the quality of life in our community.
Two of Bakersfield College’s own were honored with Beautiful Bakersfield awards!
Humanitarian – Group Award
Mary Jo Pasek, Community Relations and Events Manager at Bakersfield College was among the happy recipients of the Humanitarian – Group award, which was presented to the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast. The group was recognized for work in three areas: Habitat roofing (35 roofs), SEAL Project to provide important positive influence to a group of forgotten kids and above all for the five years Breakfast Rotary has raised all of the money in the community to place wreaths on the Bakersfield National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America. Mary Jo founded this project five years ago, and with the help of Congressman McCarthy’s office in Bakersfield, was able to have our National Cemetery put on the register so her Rotary could handle this important event.
Humanitarian – Individual Award
Bakersfield College’s retired history professor Jack Brigham was honored with the Humanitarian – Individual award. Jack has dedicated himself to developing students in governance and constitutional principles through the “We the People” program and has given $20,000 in scholarships to needy and deserving students. Jack also founded the Center for Kern Political Education (CKPE) which is housed within the Bakersfield College Foundation. Ed Borgens, faculty member in the Political Science department is a member of the Board of Directors of the CKPE.
Congratulations to our amazing winners from Bakersfield College!