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Mayor Semeta's "Making a Difference in HB" Awards
posted on 02/04/2020.

The “Making a Difference in HB” Awards recognizes selflessness, volunteerism and exceptional community service in Huntington Beach.  Started by Huntington Beach Mayor Lyn Semeta, the “Making a Difference in HB” Awards applauds the unsung heroes in our City.  While we will always place tremendous value on individuals, businesses and groups whose good works consistently improve our community, this award is designed to bring attention to the efforts of lesser-known volunteers who make a positive difference, often behind the scenes or without widespread recognition.

Eligibility Criteria

We are seeking nominations of individuals, organizations or businesses that possess three or more of the following criteria:

  • Inspires others to get involved, takes responsibility, or assumes leadership roles to make positive changes within the community
  • Encourages and educates others to value community involvement
  • Impacts lives through positive actions
  • Is a proven leader who collaborates well with other groups
  • Seeks to accommodate and include all community members

 Nomination Guidelines

  • You may nominate one individual, business or organization
  • Please make the nomination as detailed as possible
  • Please, no self-nominations or members of your own family

Nomination Process

To nominate an individual, organization or business, please fill out the nomination application and answer each question as specifically as you can about their contributions and achievements. Pictures of individuals or projects are encouraged as attachments with the submission.

Ensure that your nomination is written in a clear and concise manner, including specific examples. Testimonials from those who have been impacted by your nominee’s actions are always a great addition.  

Winner Selection

Completed nomination packets will be reviewed by the City Manager’s Office for recommendation to the Mayor for consideration.


Once approval has been given by the Mayor, the City Manager’s Office will schedule the award presentation for a City Council meeting each month where they will be recognized for their efforts and receive a Commendation. Award recipient(s) should plan on attending to receive their award.

More Information

Contact the City’s Public Information Officer, Julie Toledo, at 714.536.5577 or email [email protected]

Attachment: Award Nomination form 2020.pdf

Did you know?

The Huntington Beach Fire Department conducts free home fire safety inspections for seniors.  You can also get a free smoke detector with a 10 year battery and carbon monoxide detector installed.  This free service is provided by Project SHIP senior home inspection program volunteers. You can schedule an appointment online or call 714-374-1615.

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