California Prize for Service and the Common Good recognizes groundbreaking
achievement and significant service to the poor and marginalized. Each year,
the university presents the California Prize to an outstanding organization or
person who models selfless service in pursuit of the common good.
USF is pleased to
recognize the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund as the 2015 recipient of the
California Prize. Since 1986, Season of Sharing has raised more than
$100 million to help thousands of Bay Area families so they can pay for housing
and emergency needs. It also distributes about $1 million annually to Bay Area food banks.
"In a special way, USF's Jesuit mission and Chronicle Season of Sharing overlap in a particular concern for the most vulnerable members of our society," said USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.
Fr. Fitzgerald presented the
California Prize medal to the honoree at a formal ceremony and gala dinner April 29, 2015, on campus. The California Prize dinner benefits the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good and its university-wide programs that promote community engagement and public service.
Since 2008, the California Prize has been awarded to
recognize the tremendous impact that a single individual or group can have. Past honorees, who are selected by a jury and receive a $10,000
prize, include Drs. Tricia Hellman Gibbs and Richard Gibbs of the San Francisco Free Clinic, Larry Bauer and the San Francisco
Giants, and Daniel Lurie, founder of the Tipping Point Community, an
organization that fights poverty. The California Prize was
created and endowed through the generosity of Susan and Philip Marineau to
shine a light on people and organizations that reflect the university’s values
and enrich the lives of others.