The San Francisco 49ers are looking to recognize individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in the community. The 49ers Community Quarterback Award Program recognizes volunteers who demonstrate leadership, dedication and a commitment to bettering the San Francisco Bay Area.
One Community Quarterback Award Winner will receive $10,000 for his/her nominating organization and five finalists will each receive $1,000 grants for their nominating organization.
The winner and finalists will be recognized in a pre-game, on-field ceremony prior to the 49ers December 9, 2012 game versus the Miami Dolphins. The winners and a representative from their nominating organization will also be invited to attend an exclusive luncheon where they will receive their award plaque and the organization's check.
To be eligible, individuals must be over age 13 and provide volunteer services for nonprofit organizations. Participants must serve in a volunteer capacity at an official 501(c)3 organization and may not receive compensation for their services.
Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 9, 2012, at 12 p.m. to be eligible for consideration. The Overall Winner and Finalists will be notified on Monday, November 19, 2012.
The winner of the 2011 49ers Community Quarterback Award and a $10,000 grant was Janis Baron, Los Gatos resident and Founder of Sunday Friends. The 49ers were also pleased to recognize the five Community Quarterback Award finalists, who each received a $1,000 grant for their non-profit organizations. Among the finalists honored were Chad Bojorquez of InnVision the Way Home; Police Officer with the Mountain View Department Ron Cooper, who is a dedicated volunteer and coach with MVPAL, a School Resource Officer, founder of Cops That Care and the MVPAL boxing program, and overseer of Dreams & Futures; Vietnam Veteran and founder of the Mexican Open Committee Tony Cueva; Founder of the Have a Ball Foundation Bob Hammer; and Jill Valladares, who is a dedicated volunteer with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.