Staff Report

Community “champions” who have helped improve the lives of children, youth, families, and seniors will be recognized at an awards dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Hotel Corque in Solvang.

Those being honored this year by the Community Action Commission (CAC) are Dr. Kevin Walthers, the superintendent and president of Hancock College; Fran Forman, the recently retired executive director of the Community Action Commission; and CenCal Health, a local health insurer that provides for those who would not otherwise have health care coverage.

The annual Community Action Champions dinner also raises funds to support CAC’s Healthy Senior Lunch program.

“We are currently just half way to our goal of raising $200,000 to help feed seniors in our county,” said CAC Development Manager Linda Rosso.

CenCal Health has pledged to match every dollar raised, up to $100,000.

Tickets, sponsorships and more information are available at or by calling 805-964-8857.