The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activity League hosted their annual Food, Wine & Heroes event last Friday night at the San Mateo County History Museum Square in Redwood City.
The annual fundraiser benefits the Sheriff’s Activity League (SAL) youth delinquency prevention programs while honoring local businesses and outstanding individuals within the community.
This year Jay Paul Company was honored as Business of the Year, receiving the “Defying Gravity Award.” Maia Harris, a representative from Jay Paul, accepted the award and spoke about the company’s commitment to making a positive impact within the Redwood City community.
The Sheriff’s Activity League honored the late Pete Liebengood with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A moving tribute was made, honoring him for his dedication to making a difference in the lives of youth in San Mateo County. His wife and City Council member, Alicia Aguirre, accepted the award in his honor.
Deputy Danny Palatavake was honored receiving the Deputy of the Year award for his dedication as a School Resource Officer. He is known as a well respected law enforcement officer within the community and admired by many.
The Sheriff’s Activity League also presented Kaylee Reyes and Magali Pineda the Youth of the Year award. Both Reyes and Pineda benefited from various SAL programs, which they say shaped their plans for the future. Both regularly attended SAL Teen Leadership Council meetings, where members are able to give back to their communities through community clean ups and renovation projects. Reyes studies Criminal Justice at Sacramento State University and Pineda attends UC Riverside studying Social Law.
In addition to celebrating the honorees, the event raised over $200,000 to support SAL initiatives.