2024 Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

Our annual recognition of members of our community who freely give of their time and talents in service to youth.

Proceeds from this event help support the operations of the Pacific Skyline Council’s camps as well as provides an opportunity to ALL youth no matter their economic circumstance, neighborhood, or ethnicity to have an enriching and life-changing Scouting experience!

We are pleased to announce that this year’s honorees are Philip Matthews, Esq., Partner, Duane Morris LLC (retired) and the Honorable Alvin Royse, former mayor and current council member, town of Hillsborough. Both gentlemen have an outstanding history of community service – Mr. Matthews is active with the Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of California, a member of the Board of Trustees, University of California Hastings College of Law and Project Concern International. Mr. Royse, formerly a senior partner with the national accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche prior to entering public service, is a nationally recognized volunteer with the American Heart Association.

Fred LaCosse speaking at a podiumOur Emcee for the evening: Fred LaCosse

Fred LaCosse is well known to Bay Area television viewers as a veteran news anchor, reporter and talk show host. Since the beginning of his broadcasting career in 1956, he has worked at six television stations: WTTW, Chicago; WLWC, Columbus, Ohio; KNTV, San Jose; KRON and KGO-TV, San Francisco; and KICU, San Jose and held positions in almost every phase of the industry.

He co-hosted the daily morning talk show A.M. San Francisco on KGO-TV (ABC) 1982-1987 with his wife, Terry Lowry. LaCosse also hosted the weekly syndicated program “Silicon Valley Business This Week” from 1995-2001.

LaCosse has generously given of his time to community and charitable organizations such as: The Janet Pomeroy Center; The Salvation Army; Laguna Honda Volunteers, Inc.; The Community Music Center of San Francisco; St. Luke’s Hospital; Red Cross; He is also active in NATAS and the Broadcast Legends.

Fred adds, "I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana where being a Cub Scout and Boy Scout made you distinguished. What fun!"

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Fred LaCosse speaking at a podiumOur Emcee for the evening: Fred LaCosse
Fred LaCosse is well-known to Bay Area television viewers as a veteran news anchor, reporter and talk show host. Since the beginning of his broadcasting career in 1956, he has worked at six television stations: WTTW, Chicago; WLWC, Columbus, Ohio; KNTV, San Jose; KRON and KGO-TV, San Francisco; and KICU, San Jose and held positions in almost every phase of the industry. He co-hosted the daily morning talk show A.M. San Francisco on KGO-TV (ABC) 1982-1987 with his wife, Terry Lowry. LaCosse also hosted the weekly syndicated program “Silicon Valley Business This Week” from 1995-2001. LaCosse has generously given of his time to community and charitable organizations such as: The Janet Pomeroy Center; The Salvation Army; Laguna Honda Volunteers, Inc.; The Community Music Center of San Francisco; St. Luke’s Hospital; Red Cross; He is also active in NATAS and the Broadcast Legends. Fred adds, “I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana where being a Cub Scout and Boy Scout made you distinguished. What fun!”

Event Details

Thursday, May 16, 2024

6:00pm Gathering
7:00pm Dinner, Program, and Auction

Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

For more information please contact:
Ron Change at (650) 341-5633 x103, or ron.chang@scouting.org

Past Distinguished Citizen Award recipients include:
Steven Wu, Justin Knowles, Judy Kleinberg, Marie Chuang, Bill Graham, Bill Long, Wendy Young & Mark Convery, David & Lynn Mitchell, Bill Reller, Bill Floyd, Carol Mayer Marshall & Robert Beresford Williams, Allen Phipps, Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, Jr., and Rebecca (Becky) Morgan, among others.
 
Purpose:
Established by the Boy Scouts of America, the Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of citizens in communities across the United States. Honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message to our youth that character counts. The lives of distinguished citizens put into place guideposts that serve to inspire our youth to lead, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond self-interest.
 
For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has led the nation in providing citizenship training for American youth. Through the years, Scouting has provided young people with character development programs based on values found in the Scout Oath: duty to God, duty to country, duty to others, and duty to self. Today’s often-heard call for a return to ethical behavior, self-reliance, and caring and concern for others refers precisely to the values expressed in the Scout Law, the bedrock of the movement since 1910.