The 2012 Malibu Times Citizens of the Year Dolphin Award winners


The Malibu Times Publishers Arnold and Karen York announce the 2012 Dolphin Award winners. The awards recognize contributions made by individuals or groups to the Malibu community. Those recognized are in many ways more than contributors, rather they help make up the backbone of the community.

Kathy Cook

Director of St. Aidan’s School (for ages 2-6), involved with the preschool for 24 years, mentor and advocate for many of Malibu’s children, and now the children of those children; numerous other volunteer activities include Malibu Friends of Music, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and Trancas Riders and Ropers.

Ani Dermenjian

A 17-year participant and driving force in honoring our country’s veterans and chair of the annual Veterans Day ceremony; former president of Malibu Chamber of Commerce and numerous other volunteer activities.

Georgia King

Horsewoman, teacher, horse whisperer; horses are her life 24/7. A legion of parents and former students recommended her for her gentle caring manner and the influence she’s had on their children and animals.

Benjamin Krasner

Youth Dolphin, pianist, an 11-year-old piano virtuoso who has done a number of benefit concerts to help local organizations raise scholarships for students; he’s performed at many national and international festivals where he is typically one of the youngest performers.

Kurt Lampson

For well over 20 years he’s taught ocean safety during the summer and karate to a generation of Malibu children; impacted their lives positively, taught them respect for the environment and themselves, and instilled lifelong habits of application and self-discipline.

Bob and Jackie Sutton

Malibu residents of 50 years; for a lifetime of public service, charity, participation in the community and particularly for their long support and Jackie’s leadership with Keep Christ in Christmas.

Lisa Szilagyi

Runs the special education class at Malibu High School; has assisted, aided and taught a generation of Malibu children, mentored many young people going into the field of special education and touched the lives of many special needs children, more recently in the “Hand to Hand” program to bring together the special needs children with their peers.

Pamela Conley Ulich, Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner

Public service Dolphins go to Pamela Conley Ulich, who served two consecutive terms on the Malibu City Council and served as mayor, and to Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner, who served on the City Council and as mayor; both gave endless numbers of hours to the service of the city and the citizenry of Malibu.