Success & Service: Stanislaus County Bar Association honors Ciccarelli with Liberty Bell Award

local@modbee.comMay 3, 2014 

Tom Ciccarelli, executive director of the Stanislaus Family Justice Center, received the 2014 Liberty Bell Award from the Stanislaus County Bar Association during the organization’s annual Law Day event at the Gallo Center for the Arts.

The center began providing services to victims and families in November 2011 from its facility at 1625 H St. in downtown Modesto.

The bar association also awarded scholarships to three students: Sayra Garcia of Hughson High School, Zoey Miller of Johansen High and Blanca Galvez of Modesto High. Galvez received the John Grisez Memorial Scholarship from the Modesto 500 Lions Club.

Luis J. Rodriguez, president of the State Bar of California, gave the keynote address.

Modesto company honored

David Darmstandler and James Bates, owners of Modesto’s Data Path Inc., are the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2014 Central California Small Business Persons of the Year.

The award recognizes a business owner who exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and honors his or her individual contributions to the community. Nominated by the Alliance Small Business Development Center, Data Path was selected after a stringent competition held among businesses located throughout the 15 Central California counties.

Darmstandler and Bates launched their business in 2005 in an office of only 100 square feet, delivering state-of-the-art information technology consulting, cloud services and managed IT support services for small to enterprise-size organizations.

Sonora agency grants

The Sonora Area Foundation and its supporting organization, the Irving J. Symons Foundation for Tuolumne County, announced grants for a number of organizations within the county. Sierra Senior Providers Inc. received $40,000 for purchasing food and supplies for the agency’s Meals on Wheels program. Christian Heights Church received $20,000 for its ongoing food ministry that serves meals throughout the county. The Economic Prosperity Council of Tuolumne County, which is the nonprofit arm of the county’s Economic Development Authority, got $22,000 for the purchase equipment for Knowledge Lab, a program for innovators.

Habitat for Humanity received $20,000 to buy windows and doors for four new town houses in Parrotts Ferry Road near Columbia. And Mind Matters received $8,000 to diagnose and treat county residents suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and related issues.

County veterans recognized

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs recognized Stanislaus County’s Veterans Services office for effectively helping veterans in obtaining benefits. In a letter to the county Board of Supervisors, the VA said the local office in fiscal year 2012-13 increased its monthly benefit output by $558,452 and also obtained $8.8 million in one-time single and retroactive payments to veterans or their dependents.

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