Austen Warburton Community Service Award


Craig and Linda Connelly are the 2020 Recipients

Craig and Linda Connelly can be found at Townsend Field keeping Santa Clara Lions Youth Football & Cheer Club at its highest level serving over 650 kids per year. Their program sponsors 30 flag teams, a conditioning camp, spring and fall tackle teams, and five cheer squads yearly. The Connelly's value safety measures for young players and cheerleaders with care, preparation, training techniques, well-educated coaching and learning at its best. Laying the foundation of a strong work ethic, responsibility, leadership, and perseverance for kids that will help them throughout their life and as children develop their athletic talents, they build character, values and confidence through teamwork. The Lions teams have won 43 League Championships, 38 Division Championships, and 29 undefeated seasons over the past five decades. Craig and Linda's positive motivational involvement spans from the development of rules, regulations and scholastic programs within the National Pop Warner Association, Pacific Northwest Region, and Peninsula League; author of rules & standards, conducting fund-raisers and organizing committees, founders for the Regional & Peninsula Scholastic Review Boards, cheer coach, team mom, referee commissioner, and many positions within Santa Clara Little League and the Santa Clara Lions Football & Cheer Club; organizing coaching clinics for local teams to showcase how to do things right, from techniques for success and safety, to sportsmanship, hosting many Regional and National Championship events and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at Townsend Field in Santa Clara.

"Craig and Linda have provided countless hours of time and dedication to Bay Area youth," shared Kevin Moore, MCCF Board member. "They are extraordinary volunteers with passion and caring for each and every one of the players and cheerleaders. The training and direction they provide is valuable not only now, but years from now when these young people become adults."

Working together towards one common goal helps give children a sense of belonging and forging friendships on Townsend Field often lasts a lifetime. Cheering for every member of the team helps everyone feel accepted and valued. Craig and Linda teach children how to work well with others, something they will have to do no matter what path in life they choose and learning these lessons on the field is great for building resilient and well-rounded kids, making the Connelly's deserving of the 2020 Austen Warburton Community Service Award.

The Austen Warburton Community Service Award is presented each year to an individual or organization exemplifying the spirit and character of Mission City Community Fund founder Austen Warburton. An attorney, civic leader, educator, historian, and philanthropist, Warburton's many community contributions are the cornerstone for making our already outstanding community an even better place to live.

Candidates for this award must meet one or more of the following criteria to be nominated:

  • Significant leadership in an area of public service to the community
  • Significant achievement in fundraising for an organization that is dedicated to enriching our quality of life in one of the "Five Focus Areas"
  • Significant achievement in promoting the ideals embodied in the United States Constitution

The award is presented to each year's recipient during the Annual Charity Auction and Dinner Dance held in November. If you know someone deserving of the award, download the Nomination Form.


1991 Emma Kaliterna 2006 Miles Barber
1992 Robert and Glorian Quigley 2007 Ray Gamma
1993 Donald "Manny" Ferguson
and Intel Corporation
2008 Don Von Raesfeld
1994 Rita Kennedy 2009 Larry Fargher
1995 Bea Cunha 2010 Joe & Angie Souza and
Father Paul Locatelli, S. J.
1996 Cleo Stuckrath 2011 John Figueira
1997 Tom Barrett 2012 Jennifer Sparacino
1998 Lorne Smyth 2013 George Delucchi
1999 Jack Going, Jr. 2014 Barbara and Kent Clerk
2000 Jim Lee 2015 Helen and Lloyd Silveira
2001 George Burdick 2016 Jerry Marsalli
2002 Judy Nadler 2017 Joe Bauer
2003 Vern Deto 2018 Bob Buchser
2004 Paul Perotti 2019 David Ladd Anderson
2005 John Mahan 2020 Craig and Linda Connelly

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