Volunteer of the Year

Each year, during the Board of Directors' Awards Event, the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (H.A.R.D.)   At this event the Volunteer of the Year is recognized for their outstanding service.  The volunteer is chosen from all the Volunteers of the Month from the previous year. 

Congratulations to the 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient!


Christina Sonas

Ms. Christina Sonas is the Volunteer of the Year because of her extraordinary volunteer efforts on behalf of the Douglas Morrisson Theater.  Ms. Sonas willing offered to assemble a committee that successfully organized the April 29th “One Enchanted Evening” fundraiser that raised more than $ 7,500 after expenses to benefit the programs of the Douglas Morrison Theater.

Ms. Sonas generously offered and boundless energy as the event “Chair” and leader of the fundraising committee.  Ms. Sonas offered this idea of this fundraising event during a very difficult budget time for our District in 2016.  During this time, the District was facing difficult budget decisions that involved possible cuts or reductions of services to the Douglas Morrisson Theater Program.  Ms. Sonas stepped up and offered her assistance to support for the Douglas Morrison Theater Program.

Over a year period Ms. Sonas assembled a very skilled and energetic committee of Chorus members to plan a and execute a comprehensive Theater Fundraiser. Ms. Sonas and her committee planned ALL aspects of the “One Enchanted Evening” event.   This event was held on April 29, 2017 with 181 attendees who enjoyed an evening of music, dancing, silent auction and food at the Hayward Japanese Gardens and Senior Center. Additionally, the committee planned a silent auction that raised over $5,500 of the event proceeds from community based donations.      

 The District would like to acknowledge the individual efforts of Ms. Sonas in assembling and executing a successful fundraiser.   Additionally, the District is thankful to the overall committee who all worked to make “One Enchanted Evening” a GREAT success!