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State of the Community

Volunteer earns Auburn’s top community service award

Kathy Sands this year’s Vernon McCann honoree
By: Staff Report
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Annual Auburn State of the Community Dinner
What: Evening that celebrates those who contribute to the Auburn community 
When: 5:30 p.m. May 10
Where: The Ridge Golf Course, Auburn 
For more: Call the Auburn Chamber of Commerce at 
(530) 885-5616.
 

A longtime active member of the Auburn community, Kathy Sands is this year’s recipient of the Vernon Gould McCann Award, which honors the ultimate in community service. 

The McCann Award, named in honor of longtime Auburn Journal employee “Mac” McCann, is given to one deserving person a year who unselfishly gives their time and efforts to making Auburn a better place. 
 
The award is given at the annual State of the Community Dinner, which is scheduled for May 10. 
 
Sands was selected for her 30-plus years of service in Auburn. 
 
Her accomplishments include serving as mayor of Auburn for two terms, which included time on numerous committees in that role, Auburn Chamber of Commerce board vice president, volunteering on the Children’s Home Society Auburn Auxiliary for 30 years, Caring Hearts Society charter member and current president, past president and board member of the Sutter Auburn Faith Community Hospital Foundation, Soroptimist of Auburn member, and much more. 
 
In 2009 she was named the California 4th District Woman of the Year, she was the first woman to be elected to the Sutter Auburn Faith Foundation board and in 1982 was given the California State Outstanding Service Award for the Children’s Home Society. 
 
Sands accepted news of being this year’s McCann recipient with excitement and gratitude. 
 
“I’m honored, I’m really honored,” she said Monday. 
 
The McCann award was first given out in 1979 to Maurine Dobbas and has since then honored a long list of Auburn area residents who have contributed a great deal of time and effort into making Auburn a great place to live. 
 
“We are excited to honor Kathy Sands’ extensive volunteer work in our community,” said Editor Jenifer Gee. “Her dedication to stay involved in and be a leader in Auburn for three decades shows her commitment to bettering the community she lives in.”