You won't be able to catch the award ceremony for the Mill Valley honorees this year, so here is a recap of residents receiving achievement awards:
The Milley Award is a bronze statuette created by John Libberton of Sausalito. The event is produced by a volunteer board of directors, under the auspices of the Mill Valley Art Commission.
Dick Fregulia - Achievement in the Musical Arts
Throughout his 30 years of teaching music at Tam High, jazz musician and photographer Dick Fregulia has organized and performed with numerous groups. He is a frequent performer at local venues, including the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley, and collaborated with Larry Moss to create a “First Friday” of the month jazz event at Moss & Moss Antiques in El Paseo to promote jazz in downtown Mill Valley.
Kristin Jakob - Achievement in the Visual Arts
Mill Valley native and Tam High grad Kristin Jakob is a botanical illustrator, garden consultant and creative naturalist whose renditions of plants allow one to perceive nature with a new clarity. Her work has been exhibited internationally, yet it is in this community that she has dedicated herself to sharing her extraordinary love of nature in the volunteer work she has done to promote and protect the nature fauna for generations to come.
Ann Killion - Achievement in the Literary Arts
With one of the longest tenures of any female sports columnist, Mill Valley native and Tam High grad Ann Killion was one of the first female sports writers who broke the locker room interview barrier. She has covered nine Olympics, five World Cups, countless Super Bowls, World Series, as well as the issues and scandals that fuel our national sports scene.
Prior to becoming a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle, she covered the 49ers as a beat writer and was a feature writer with the San Jose Mercury News. She's also written for the Los Angeles Times, Sports Illustrated and Comcast SportsNet, and is the author of Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big & Believe in Yourself, as well as Solo: A Memoir of Hope, written with softball star Jennie Finch and soccer star Hope Solo, respectively.
Jim Lange - Achievement in the Performing Arts
Jim Lange’s career in radio and television spans 57 years beginning as a high school DJ in Minnesota, and includes being part of the Bay Area KSFO radio’s legendary all-star morning-drive team. His broadcasting career included 15 years as host of TV’s The Dating Game, yet it is radio for which he was honored as a member of the inaugural class of inductees in the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. He also hosted shows like Name That Tuneand The New Newlywed Game.
Phil Sheridan - Contributions to the Arts Community
Phil Sheridan has lived in Mill Valley since 1964 and has been an active participant in the community throughout this time. He is both a librarian and an actor. In the mid-sixties he started a book store at the Mill Valley bus depot building, renaming it the “Book Depot,” and running it for some years.
Sheridan has performed in a number of community theatre productions and was the voice of the grandfather in the Pixar animated short film, La Luna. He played a crazy old codger on two episodes of Nash Bridges and was the voice of the old man in Sim City’s video game series.
The Sali Lieberman Award – Alan Nayer
The Sali Lieberman Award was created by the Milley Awards Board of Directors to honor lifetime achievements of individuals who embody Lieberman's inspiration, courage and determination and who, like him, have contributed significantly to the cultural life of Mill Valley.
Alan Nayer is receiving this award for his extensive work as a web site designer and technician working for the good of the Mill Valley community. Alan was the first to give the city of Mill Valley a real presence on the internet with his www.millvalley94941.comsite, a comprehensive website that chronicled past and current events in Mill Valley.
Vera Schultz Award – The Mountain Play Association
In 2002 the Vera Schultz Award was created to honor achievements of organizations which embody her activism, leadership, courage and vision, and like Vera, have made lasting contributions to the cultural life of our community.
This is only the third time the Vera Schultz Award has been awarded. The two previous honorees were the Outdoor Art Club and The Depot Book Store.
One of the oldest non-profit theatre companies in the area, the Mountain Play staged its first theatrical performances in the natural amphitheatre on top of Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County in 1913. The Mountain Play Association (MPA) was formed the following year.
The Mountain Play Association recently celebrated its 100th season of presenting live theatre on Mount Tamalpais. Since its founding, more than 700,000 patrons have enjoyed folk tales and more recently musical productions in a pristine atmosphere while looking out on San Francisco’s magnificent skyline.