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The DoubleTree was overflowing with residents who make this city a better place for this year's Beautiful Bakersfield Awards.

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Tom Burch wins this year's Chairman's Award, having earned the highest score of all nominees.

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Tom Burch at the podium wins this year's Chairman'™s Award for overall excellence.

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Calling to order this year's 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards was Cindy Pollard of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

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Karen Goh of Garden Pathways and Sister Judy Morasci of Dignity Health Memorial Hospital won this year's All-American City Tradition Civic /Nonprofit Award by establishing the 34th Street/Honaker Park Neighborhood Transformation partnership. This year's 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards were held at The DoubleTree Hotel.

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The Keep Bakersfield Beautiful Freeway Litter Cleanup Program won this year's Public/Private Partnership Award at the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards banquet, held at the DoubleTree Hotel.

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Jaxon Evans is one happy 8-year-old along with his parents, Artic and Alandra Evans, following him down the hall of The DoubleTree Hotel. Jaxon wanted to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children. From his weekend Kool-Aid stand he raised $3,300 to purchase toys so every child could experience the joy of a Christmas party at the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Evans won this year's 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Individual-Youth Award.

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Lauren Smoot of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce takes selfies with Jaxon Evans, the winner of this year's 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Youth-Individual award. The event was held at The DoubleTree Hotel. Jaxon wanted to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children. With a weekend Kool-Aid stand, he raised $3,300 to purchase toys so every child could experience the joy of a Christmas party at the Bakersfield Homeless Center.

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Up on stage are the winners of this year's Humanitarian Award. From left to right are Monique Rogers, the sponsor from ARRC Technology, and Frank Wooldrige and Susan Eaton of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast. This group puts food in the bellies of the hungry, lays wreathes headstones to honor the military, aids in roofing homes and treats students in need to a 12 days of Christmas program all to serve the needs of the community. This year's 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards was held at The Double Tree Hotel.

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On stage is a representative of Centre for Neuro Skills, the winner of this year's Commercial Remodel Award. From left to right are David Harington, and presenters of the awards were Maddie Janssen and Mark Haas of KGET-TV 17. The sponsor of this year's award was Wells Fargo Bank. The 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Award event was held at The DoubleTree Hotel.

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On stage are representatives of Centre for Neuro Skills, the winner of this year's Commercial Remodel Award. From left to right are David Harington, and presenters of the awards were Maddie Janssen and Mark Haas of KGET-TV 17 The sponsor of this year's award was Wells Fargo Bank. The 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Award event was held at The DoubleTree Hotel.

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Karen Goh and Sister Judy Morasci at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Cari Cowling, David Harrington and Nicholas and Lindsay Ashley at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Kevin Crosby and Kathy Miller at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Robert Flores, Tina Carmona and Trevor Demayo at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Sasha Windes, Amber Beeson and Fiona Lytle at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Kristin Weber, David Womack and Jacyln Allen at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Jack Brigham and Terry Barnett at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Frank Wooldridge, Susan Eaton and Monique Rogers at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Kevin J. Birkbeck and Phil Mc Laughlin at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Sebastian Muralles, John Mathew and Al Mendez at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Artic, Jaxon and Alandra Evans and Vic Cinquemau at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Nickolas Bracket, Destinie Martinez and Santiago Baltazar at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Janet Ursery and Lauren Smoot at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

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Dave Anderson and Casey Knaak at the Beautiful Bakersfield awards.

Saturday night, some of Bakersfield's most civic-minded individuals gathered at the DoubleTree by Hilton for the 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Awards Banquet. Presented by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, the event honors the efforts of local individuals, groups, businesses and organizations.

The 2014 Beautiful Bakersfield Award winners are:

ACTIVE ADULTS

An individual or group age 60 or older that exemplifies meaningful contributions, strength of character and commitment to our community.

Tom Burch: Formed the Retirees Pickup Group, which meets weekly to pick up litter and to date has picked up more than 18,000 pounds of litter.

ALL-AMERICAN CITY TRADITION -- CIVIC/NONPROFIT

The coordination of efforts that have enhanced the quality of life in Bakersfield.

Dignity Health Memorial Hospital: The 34th Street/Homaker Park Neighborhood Transformation partnership with Memorial Hospital and Garden Pathways gives neighborhoods and more than 75 residents a fresh start through volunteer community cleanups, gang-intervention, employment, life skills and mentoring.

ARCHITECTURE

The completion of a new design integrating the environment with space and materials.

Gazelle Transportation: The corporate office building boasts an open-space floor plan with cutting-edge technology and a full gym, while the shop has four full truck bays, one half-bay and a fleet maintenance department to offer a professional and employee-friendly environment. Skarphol Associates, architect; Wallace and Smith, contractor; Roll Real Estate Development, LLC, developer; Ron Lallo, Gazelle Transportation, owner.

COMMERCIAL REMODEL

The completion of a renovated design that upgrades an existing structure and/or incorporates the use of landscaping to enhance the aesthetic value of the property.

Centre for Neuro Skills: The 24,000-square-foot facility features a curved waterfall at the entrance, modern decor, winding hallways with motivational words and artwork, state-of-the-art therapy equipment, an indoor therapy pool and a relaxation room. Skarphol Associates, architect; Castillo Construction, contractor; Centre for Neuro Skills, owner.

EDUCATION

Efforts that promote or benefit education in our city at all levels.

Kevin Crosby: To reinforce the science curriculum, Crosby helped the Falcon Autistic Solar Team to travel to other schools teaching solar energy and helping high school students gain a concrete understanding of environmental science.

ENVIRONMENTAL

An individual, group or organization that promotes preservation and conservation of our local environment.

Kern Green: Presents an annual awards program recognizing businesses and individuals for their efforts to perform green and sustainable practices, organizes community recycling events, works with schools on recycling programs and other programs to environmental impacts.

HEALTH

An individual, group or organization that has made a significant contribution toward healthy living in Bakersfield through education, prevention or medical services.

Kaiser Permanente of Kern County: Partnered on a diverse farmers market with more than 30 vendors, serving more than 2,000 people weekly.

HUMANITARIAN -- INDIVIDUAL

An individual whose personal effort has contributed to the community as a whole.

Jack Brigham: Brigham has dedicated himself to developing students in governance and constitutional principles through the "We the People" program and has given $20,000 in scholarships to needy and deserving students.

HUMANITARIAN -- GROUP

A group whose combined efforts has contributed to the community as a whole.

Rotary Club of Bakersfield Breakfast: Feeds the hungry, lays wreaths on headstones to honor military, aids in roofing homes and treats students in need to a 12 days of Christmas program.

PERFORMING ARTS (INDIVIDUAL/GROUP)

Excellence or achievement by an individual or group in any of the following: Dance, music, musical theater and theater.

Kevin Birkbeck: Giving the gift of music playing and singing, Birkbeck taught beginning ukulele music lessons to more than 700 public school fifth- and sixth-graders and an ensemble of about 20 students participated in performances for the school chorus programs.

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

The use of public/private funds in a partnership effort to enhance the quality of life in our community.

Keep Bakersfield Beautiful -- Freeway Litter Cleanup Program: Provides jobs cleaning up litter on local roadways, improving lifestyles for about 250 Bakersfield Homeless Center clients and their families.

VISUAL ARTS (INDIVIDUAL/GROUP)

Excellence or achievement by an individual or group in any of the following:ceramics, drawing, literature, painting, photography and sculpture.

Al Mendez and Sebastian Muralles: Collaborated on painting a colorful three-part downtown mural outside Front Porch Music highlighting Bakersfield's rich music history of locally made guitars.

YOUTH -- INDIVIDUAL

An individual 20 years or younger who, through personal involvement and endeavors, has answered the call of good citizenship.

Jaxon Evans: Through his weekend Kool-Aid stand, the 8-year old collected $1,000 in toys and raised $3,300 to purchase toys for a Christmas party at the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter.

YOUTH - GROUP

A group of people 20 years or younger that, through personal involvement and endeavors, has answered the call of good citizenship.

Bakersfield Police Explorer Post #521: Seventy-eight young women and men donated 10,629 hours through a variety of community service projects such as Neighborhood Watch programs, National Night Out, the Christmas Parade and Safe Halloween.

CHAIRMAN'S AWARD

This award is given to the project that has earned the highest score of all nominations and is recognized for overall excellence.

Tom Burch: Winner of the Beautiful Bakersfield award for active adults