The 2014 Malibu Dolphin Award is given to individuals or groups who have been given recognizable contributions to the Malibu community. Congratulations to all recognize for their efforts in the community. To have these leaders, organizers, exemplary character that makes the backbone of our Malibu. Michel & Ellen Shane
Michel and Ellen founded The Emily Shane Foundation’s SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program which provides individualized mentoring to struggling middle school students in the mainstream classroom who risk failure and cannot otherwise afford this type of intensive support. The foundation was founded in the memory of their daughter Emily. Emily was killed at the age of 13. She was in middle school (eight grade) and was in the mainstream classroom. Emily’s processing issues and academic struggles led Michel and Ellen to want to help others, who are not lucky enough to have the help they were able to provide for her. They wanted to honor her memory by doing something significant related to her own experience in life.
The only “cost” to each student in our SEA Program is to perform a good deed for each mentoring session,and post it on their website: emilyshane.org
..Michael & Kim Bonewitz Malibu parents of eight. Marie Jordanou, a good friend of the Bonewitz passed away to lung cancer in February 2013. The Bonewitz embraced Marie’s five children and now have a bigger happier family. Persevering through financial difficulty they are still very involved in the local school community. Dick & Elsa Gary This power couple have raised million of dollars for cancer, aids and leukemia research as part of the TJ Martell Foundation. The TJ Martell Foundation established in 1975, raising $250 million for the fight against these horrible disease. Dr. Steven Grahek Dr. Grahek is the mayor of Point Dume. He is very much involved with organizing community. He is a deacon at the Malibu Presbyterian Church. He is a volunteer for the yearly Kiwanis’ Chili Cook Off event. Co-Founder of the 4th of July Parade, which has grown to 800 participants. He also helps out the annual Malibu ballet’s annual Nutcracker production. Gabriella Grahek Recipient of the Malibu Youth’s Dolphin award and senior at Malibu High School. She spends her time raising awareness on issues such as human trafficking and youth exploitation. She encourages her peers to give back and has founded the Malibu High’s International Awareness Club and organizes the Annual Sister School Fair to help students in Chad, Africa. Hans Laetz After the 2007 Malibu Canyon fire Laetz took on to toughen utility pole standards. Recently the CPUC approved tighter safety guidelines statewide. His efforts also gained a $37 million state settlement with Southern California Edison this includes $17 million for pole safety inspection programs in Malibu. John Paola Paola is a very active volunteer in Malibu. He is the Kiwanis Club President and the successful organizer for the Chili Cook-Off. He also runs the annual Christmas Tree Lot on PCH and Heathercliff Road. Paola doesn’t stop there he gives his time for the Malibu Little League and soccer teams. Zev Yaroslavsky 2014 will be the last year Yaroslavsky serves as the Third District representative in LA County Board of Supervisors. LA county has over 2 million Westside residents. Yaroslavsky has worked diligently on Prop A. His efforts have gained close to 17,000 acres of open space in our Santa Monica Mountains. Susan Nissman Nissman is Yaroslavsky’s senior field deputy. For over 20 yeas Nissman has helped in serving Malibu. She leads efforts on watershed management and emergency preparedness, traffic safety on Pacific Coast Highway. Working with the Malibu Library Design Team and has also served on the Art Selection Committee. Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., The Harvey Baskin Malibu Business Award is given to Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., they have made numerous efforts to the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation, last year they donated 180,ooo to the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District.