The Basin Wide Foundation honored a stellar cast of outstanding nonprofit organizations and community leaders at its 20th Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday, August 27, 2016. The Hawks Landing Golf Club in Yucca Valley provided a perfect setting to celebrate community stars under the stars.
Volunteer of the Year - Herman Platzke A member of Kiwanis since 1994, Herman Platzke has served as president and lieutenant governor as well as being the secretary and fundraising chair for a number of years. From Selling Seeís Candies over the holidays to serving pancakes, heís done it all. Herman has also raised funds to support the Kiwanis/UNICEF worldwide service project, Eliminate, which aims to maternal and neonatal tetanus. Herman serves as the vice president of the Friends of the 29 Palms Library, as a docent for the Twentynine Palms Old Schoolhouse Museum, and as an usher and occasional actor at theatre 29. He takes Dr. Lou Gerhardt to his Positive Living Seminars, assists the Joshua Tree National Park with the Christmas Bird Count and finds time to be on a team for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Herman truly enjoys giving back to the communities of the Morongo Basin. Youth Volunteer of the Year - Kevin Fisher An 11th grader at Yucca Valley High School, Kevin Fisher is a six-year member of the Boys and Girls Club and began serving as a volunteer in 6th grade, assisting younger Club members with homework through Project Learn. Kevinís character development and leadership contributed to his nomination as Boys and Girls Club Junior Youth of the Year in 2013. He has obtained a food handlerís certificate from the San Bernardino Health Department and runs the Boys and Girls Club snack bar. Kevin was nominated as the 2016/2017 Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year and came in 3rd at the San Andreas Area Council Youth of the Year Competition. He has served as a volunteer for the Gubler Orchid Festival, Grubstake Kidís Day, 4th of July Celebration and many more. He also finds time to dedicate countess hours to the La Contenta Debate Team, where his true passion lies.