Our annual Installation dinner and Business Awards will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 3100 Camino del Rio Court near Rosedale Highway. No-host cocktails will start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and awards. The entertainment will be Hindsite, a live band from Southern California.

This year’s honorees are the following:

Businessman of the Year: William “Bill” Lazzerini Jr:

William Kenneth Lazzerini Jr was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley where he attended Notre Dame High School. As both a high school and collegiate athlete Bill played baseball while attending USC and won multiple College World Series.

Mr. Lazzerini was a jewelry runner in the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles as his first career after graduating from USC. William Lazzerini Sr. purchased an Olympia distributor in Bakersfield in 1971 that also included another brewer called Anheuser-Busch and received the call one year later to get his butt up to Bakersfield and help run the company, 43 years later Advance Beverage and the Lazzerini family has become a staple within Kern County. Bill Lazzerini calls Bakersfield home and shares this with his family of 4 and in the last few years has been honored to be called Papa by four beautiful grandchildren.

Businesswoman of the Year: Norma Gaspar:

After relocating from El Paso, Texas, Norma Gaspar (Ontiveros), Executive Producer/Anchor/Reporter, has been with Telemundo Bakersfield now Telemundo Valle Central (TVC),  since its beginnings in 2004.  TVC remains as the “only” local Spanish station in Kern County which now extends to Fresno.  Gaspar’s priority is to represent TVC  in as many cultural, educational and any other local events.  She co-anchors a daily one-hour newscast, and reports on issues that affect our daily life, especially those that impact our Hispanic community.

Corporation of the Year: Dignity Health:

Mercy and Memorial Hospitals are a part of Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, operating in 21 states with a network of 9,000 physicians, 59,000 employees, and more than 400 care centers. With three hospitals in Bakersfield, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the underserved. Mercy and Memorial Hospitals partner with organizations like Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center, Hoffman Hospice, Millennium Surgery Center, Valley Children’s Medical Group, GEMCare, Project Fit America, Garden Pathways, and many others to improve the quality of life for residents in our community. Dignity Health is a proud supporter of the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is committed to serving the health care needs of Kern County’s Hispanic population.

Large Business of the Year: Pros Inc.: 

PROS Inc. strives to bring cost-effective production solutions to the oil Industry through well testing, automation, temporary production facilities and years of problem-solving experience.

Small Business of the Year: Mama Roomba:

Mama Roomba is owned by Victor Hugo Casas, and Issac Mancilla and have been friends since they were youngsters living in the same neighborhood in Mexico City. The eatery at 1814 Eye Street has became a hangout for Latinos and others who appreciate Mama Roomba’s unusual Caribbean-inspired cuisine and colorful décor.  Recently Mama Roomba’s was featured on the popular National television Food network, Guy Fieri’s – Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives.

Nonprofit of the Year: Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County:

Established in 1966, the Club celebrates almost 50 years of serving children in Kern County.  Through partnerships with 9 school districts and several community collaboratives, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County operates after-school enrichment and education programs at 62 locations and 4 summer day camps serving more than 7000 school-age children daily.  As one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation, our staff and Board of Directors is committed to providing safe and engaging activities which promote healthy minds, bodies and spirits for the children in our care.

Community Service Award: Manuel Carrizalez:

For 25 years Manuel Carrizalez, founder of Stay Focused/Reach 4 Greatness Mentoring has been on the streets and in the schools providing prevention and intervention services from city to city, state to state and across America. In 2006, Manuel spoke at the White House Faith-Based & Community Initiatives Conference focusing on the importance of parent involvement in the prevention of gang violence. In 2007, he spoke at the U.S. Department of Education National Conference regarding mentoring high risk youth. Locally, Stay Focused and Reach 4 Greatness participates in extensive outreach efforts through consistent community outreach events, one-on-one and group mentoring at various sites and crisis intervention as needed in high risk situations.

Chair Award: David Alanis:

David Alanis has served in the KCHCC over 10 years.  He earned a bachelors degree from California State University, Bakersfield in business Administration: Marketing.   Currently, he serves at the Employment Development Department in the America’s Job Center of California as employment program  representative, outstation trainer, and special assignment coordinator.  He has been with EDD for seven years.

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