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Community invited to business showcase

Verbonich, Dorothy’s Place to be honored with leadership awards

Mark Verbonich of Pebble Beach Co., and Jill Allen, on behalf of Franciscan Workers and Dorothy’s Place, will be honored at CSU Monterey Bay’s School of Business Showcase.

The event will be held April 23 in the University Center starting with a reception and strolling dinner at 6 p.m. The program will follow at 7:30 p.m.

The showcase is intended to play a part in developing a strong relationship between the local business community and the university's School of Business. Proceeds benefit the school’s program fund. Mr. Verbonich is this year’s recipient of the business leadership award. Recognized by many as the public face of the Pebble Beach Co., he joined the company in 1975 as manager of the Del Monte Shopping Center. In 1988, he assumed his current position of vice president of community affairs. In that role, he manages the company’s corporate donations program, serves on the AT&T Pebble Beach Charities grants committee, and as vice-president of Pebble Beach Co. Foundation. A community leader, Mr. Verbonich serves on a long list of boards of directors and/or committees, including Community Foundation for Monterey County, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Monterey County Hospitality Association, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Natividad Medical Foundation, United Way of Monterey County Campaign Cabinet, and World Affairs Council.

Ms. Allen will be honored for community leadership. Her career spans more than 20 years in the not-for-profit sector. She is currently the development director for Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra, whose programs include Dorothy’s Place Hospitality Center. The service organization provides meals, emergency shelter and medical care to the community’s most marginalized residents.

The leadership awards were inaugurated in 2009 to recognize community leaders who have shown a commitment to CSU Monterey Bay and the mission of the university.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty members, graduating seniors and successful alumni, and to learn more about how the School of Business is educating students to be ethical and effective leaders.

Student awards, including one for the school’s outstanding senior, will also be given out at the showcase.

Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of eight plus two students. For more information or to make reservations, call Callie Chastain at 582-5222 by April 9.

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