Maki named McCann 2010 winner

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Cheryl Maki is the 2010 Vernon Gould McCann Award winner. The McCann Award is Auburn’s most prestigious honor, and is given by the Auburn Journal in recognition of a lifetime of service that benefits the community. Deric Rothe, Auburn Journal editor/general manager and McCann committee chairman, said Maki was selected Wednesday in recognition of her myriad volunteer efforts. Maki led the fund-raising drive for the Auburn Skate Park, is co-chairwoman of the Think Auburn First effort supporting local businesses and much more. Tony Hazarian, Journal president and publisher, said it was Maki’s long-time commitment to the health of the business community that really separated her from several other impressive nominees. “Cheryl put Auburn first years before the current organized effort. She is a cheerleader for all things Auburn,” Hazarian said. “You might not always agree with Cheryl, but you’ll never question her love for this community.” Maki, when reached on her cell phone by Hazarian and Rothe, was truly surprised and touched by the award. She started crying while driving, but they were tears of joy. “I am honored,” Maki said. “Thank you all so much.” Maki will be formally honored at the Auburn State of the Community Dinner along with winners in several other categories, including business, education and the city and county employees of the year. The dinner will be held Friday, May 7 in the Sierra Building at Gold Country Fairgrounds. Tickets, available until May 4, are $37.50 and include dinner (New York steak, chicken or vegetarian lasagna). A limited number of tickets are available at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 440 Lincoln Way, or by calling 885-5616. A more thorough article on Cheryl Maki and the McCann award will appear in the Journal Sunday, April 25. ~ Staff report