Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, basketball standout Marcus Bell and former Modesto city Councilman Dave Geer are among 13 people to be honored Friday at the 20th annual CrystalClear Awards.
Given for outstanding community service, the awards are sponsored by Staff of Life Ministries, whose theme is “Serving God by Serving People.” The Rev. Darius Crosby, senior pastor of Greater Glory Community Church and founder of Staff of Life, said almost 200 people were nominated for awards.
“My father told me to search out people who were doing the right things,” Crosby said. “We’ve also been biblically admonished to give honor to whom honor is due. In my home, there were three key things: education, respect for the law and obedience to God. The awards originally came out of those three things.”
The awards have grown over the years to include medicine, athletics and other areas, he added. “I’m always moved by the humility that people have when they find out they’ve received these awards. It’s always a delight. That’s what I get excited about.”
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The awards will be presented at 6 p.m. Friday in the Arbor Theatre of Modesto Centre Plaza. The event will include music and appearances by local government, school, church and community officials. A reception with refreshments will follow.
The award winners and their awards are:
• The Rev. Michael Atinksy of Dry Creek Community Church in Riverbank, lifetime achievement in pastoral ministry and as a chaplain for law enforcement.
• The Rev. Gwen Amey, New Faith Tabernacle Christian Church, Merced, lifetime achievement, pastoral ministry/musical excellence.
• The Rev. Jerry Quillen, Victory Life Center, lifetime achievement, pastoral ministry/community outreach.
• Bishop Dwight Amey, New Faith Tabernacle Christian Church, Merced, lifetime achievement, pastoral ministry/community activism.
• Frank Johnson, NAACP president, community activism.
• Dave Geer, civic leadership/community activism.
• Marcus Bell, California State University, Stanislaus, outstanding athlete award.
• Daniel Lucky, nurse practitioner, medicine/community activism.
• Adam Christianson, law enforcement.
• Denise Powell, Modesto Police Department executive assistant, lifetime award, law enforcement.
• Carole Collins, West Modesto King/Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative, community activism.
• Michael Brady, former Franklin Elementary principal, education/community activism.
• Bill Lilly, California Living & Energy, business/community activism.
Special recognition also will be given to the Modesto Police Department’s special assignment team.