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You are cordially invited to the 2021 Heroes of Vista Virtual Auction, Awards & Gala to benefit the Vista Education Foundation. "Honoring Excellence in Business, Community and Education".

We will present a live streaming event on Saturday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. filled with entertainment by Vista Unified students and the Clay Colton Band along with awards for the many amazing leaders in the Vista community.

The program will be free to access and view from the event bidding page beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. There is no registration required to view the event live.

Our event page allows viewers to register as bidders with their credit card. Email notifications and event updates will be sent to all registered bidders. In addition, everyone pre-registered with their credit card by March 15 will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win a certificate for a large charcuterie box for two (to be used on a future date of your choice). There is no cost to register as a bidder and your card will not be charged unless you make a purchase or donation. Please read FAQ to understand the benefits of pre-registering your credit card for the auction. The silent auction opens on March 15. We can't wait to show you all the fun items available!

Add fun to your at-home viewing! Purchase a Gala Box with snacks and treats to enjoy while you watch the ceremony for $75.

Congratulations to our Honorees! The Heroes of Vista Gala can be viewed for free live on the event bidding page.

Thank you to our sponsors: Tri-City Medical Center, EDCO, Scripps, SDGE, Wells Fargo, Advanced Financial Solutions, North County Daily Star, Edwards Jones-Nicole White, TVK Design, and Ryan Video Productions!

Thank you for joining us for the 2021 Heroes of Vista Virtual Gala!

Community Leadership Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award: John and Carol Hererra
Military Veteran of the Year: Colonel John Telles, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
Sheriff of the Year: Deputy Sheriff Liah Ector
Firefighter of the Year: Captain Justin Golden
Healthcare Person of the Year: Dr. Mark Yamanaka, Chief of Staff, Tri-City Medical Center
Chamber Champion: Nick Ljubic

Nominees in the Business Categories

Large Business/Non-Profit of the Year:
Cox Communications, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, North County Food Bank

Small Business of the Year:
Cat & Craft, North County Daily Star, Sign Art

Non-Profit of the Year:
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, Got Your Back San Diego, Soroptimist International of Vista

New Business of the Year:
Culichi Town, Re-Find Off Main, The Film Hub

Business Person of the Year:
Aaron Byzak, Tri-City Medical Center
Joey Pope, North County Janitorial Supply
John Bagley, Wildwood Crossing and Cantina

Vista Unified School District Awardees

Administrator of the Year:
Rafael Olavide

Classified Person of the Year:
Byron Diaz Roca

Technology Educator of the Year:
Michael Eiben

Art Educator of the Year:
Jennifer Corso

Healthcare Person of the Year:
Maria Al-Shamma

Longevity Awardees

CSI Cremation Services  - 25 Years

Guajome Park Academy - 25 Years

Melco Business & Tax Service - 25 Years

Shadowridge Owners' Association - 30 Years

Atomic Investments - 30 Years

Palomar Community College - 35 Years

Kenny's Kar Klinic, Inc - 40 Years

Shadowridge Golf Club - 40 Years

 St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church - 40 Years

Vista Lock & Safe Company - 40 Years