SANTA CRUZ — Second Harvest Food Bank held its annual awards dinner at Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz Wednesday evening.
The event honored those who supported the Holiday Food and Fund Drive, which raised $4.8 million meals, as well as awarded the Hunger Fighters of the Year: Debra Kennedy and Dick Peixoto.
Watsonville Mayor Francisco Estrada (right) congratulates Dick Peixoto on receiving the Hunger Fighter of the Year award. Peixoto, the owner of Lakeside Organic Gardens, has donated thousands of pounds of food to the food bank over the years, as well as provides financial support to the organization. (Photo by Jeanie Johnson/Register-Pajaronian)