Every year, since 1957, the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce has recognized the outstanding people, organizations, and businesses in our community. The last 12 months have been full of remarkable challenges. It is our honor to acknowledge a few of the exceptional people in our community that have helped us meet those challenges.

This year’s STAR Award winners are: 

Citizen of the Year: Richard Adler, Digital Inclusion

Citizen of the Year: Connie Cunningham, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

Non-Profit of the Year: Walk-Bike Cupertino

Business of the Year: Insight Education

Business of the Year: Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

City of Cupertino Employee of the Year: Katy Nomura

Cupertino Union School District Educator of the Year: Student Nutrition Services

Fremont Union High School District Educator of the Year: Michele Quindipan, Lynbrook

De Anza College Educator of the Year: Heidi King

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Employee of the Year: Sergeant Leonardo Gonzalez

Santa Clara County Fire Employee of the Year: Curtis Shaw

This year’s awards ceremony will be Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 5:00 PM at the Cupertino Hotel.

This real-life in-person outdoor awards reception is open to the public. Reservations can be made at: https://bit.ly/2021StarAwards.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill.

Help us thank those who give.

The Cupertino Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business and community advocacy organization with members that employ more than 45,000 people. The Chamber works with government, education, and private industry to assist and strengthen local business and advocate for a vibrant, sustainable, and healthy economy and community. For more information, visit www.cupertino-chamber.org.


For more information contact

Rick Kitson

Director of Communication

Cupertino Chamber of Commerce


(408) 252-7054 x12

On behalf of Walk-Bike Cupertino, Larry Dean, a founding board member, and Seema Lindskog, Board Chair, received the Star Award “Non-Profit of the Year 2021” at the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce celebration event on August 26.