For Immediate Release: September 3, 2020

2020 Cupertino STAR Award Recipients Announced

CUPERTINO, CA – Each year, the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce recognizes the outstanding people, organizations, and businesses in our community. 2020 has been an extraordinary year, so it is appropriate to acknowledge a few extraordinary people. This year’s STAR Awards offer a constellation of shining lights in our community.

Citizen of the Year: Josh Selo, West Valley Community Services

Non-Profit of the Year: West Valley Community Services

Business of the Year: Rotary Club of Cupertino

President’s Award: Marieann Shovlin, League of Women Voters

STAR of Cupertino Award: Patrick Ahrens

STAR of Cupertino Award: Darcy Paul

STAR of Cupertino Award: Dr. Andy Wen

City of Cupertino Employee of the Year: Amanda Hui, Cupertino Senior Center

Cupertino Union School District Educator of the Year: Stacy Smith, Garden Gate

Fremont Union High School District Educator of the Year: Sushma Bana, Monta Vista

De Anza College Educator of the Year: Brandon Gainer, Communication Studies

Santa Clara County Fire Employee of the Year: Fire Captain Jim La Fuente

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Employee of the Year: Deputy Kraig Kitong

This year’s event will be Friday, September 25, 2020, at 6:30 PM. This virtual awards event is open to the public. Reservations can be made at

Included with registration is a celebration kit with wine, chocolates, and other non-perishable items. Celebration kits will be delivered to your home or office prior to the event. A Zoom link will be provided following registration.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

Help us thank those who give.


The Cupertino Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business and community advocacy organization with members that employ more than 45,000 people. The Chamber works with government, education, and private industry to assist and strengthen local businesses, to be an advocate for a vibrant, sustainable, and healthy economy and community. For more information, visit