The 2002 Dolphin Awards recognizing individual or group contributions to the Malibu community are announced this week by The Malibu Times publishers Arnold and Karen Portugal York. As in years past, many of those being honored this year are more than just individuals who have made a significant contribution to Malibu. They are in many ways the heart and soul of this city.
Alan Emerson , Arson Watch
Emerson has been active in the community for more than 20 years as the head of Arson Watch, an organization that has grown to 80 volunteers. Volunteers patrol and assist in keeping our community safe from fire, and help manage damage control once a fire begins.
Volunteers/Docents- Adamson House / Malibu Lagoon Museum
Over the years, these volunteers and docents have trained to preserve this landmark, an important part of Malibu history. They have conducted in-depth tours, lectured on Malibu history, assisted in garden restorations and in the gift shop, and manned the library and museum.
Sherman Baylin, Sherman’s Place
Baylin was nominated as the Harvey Baskin Businessperson of the Year.
She is the proprietor of Sherman’s Place in Zuma, which has saved, rescued, resuscitated, rehabilitated and cared for animals and creatures of every size and species.
Ann Furguson, schoolteacher
Furguson taught at Webster Elementary School for 43 years and retired this past year after a total of 50 years of teaching altogether. She was always held in the highest regard by her colleagues, parents and, most of all, the thousands of students she taught over the years.
David Katz, Malibu Film Festival
Katz is the driving force behind the creation and growth of the Malibu Film Festival now in its third year. The festival is beginning to acquire a national and international reputation for young filmmakers.
David Legaspi III, artist and architect
His murals cover the walls of each of the Malibu elementary schools, which inspire and delight students and visitors alike. Legaspi has also created sought-after artwork, which he’s donated to school auctions.
Marlene Matlow, community activist
For more than 25 years Matlow has served on numerous city and community boards and groups, focusing heavily on traffic and public safety. Involved as an activist on Point Dume, she helped to create the community center and, later, served as president of the board.
Ozzie Silna, environmental activist and philanthropist
Silna has given generously of his time, energy and his money in support of many Malibu environmental causes, Malibu public schools and his staunch support for the Malibu Ballet Society.