Article - Office of College Advancement

Dave Smith honored as Citizen of the YOWZA!

By Gosia Asher.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.

Dave Smith.Every year since 1987, the Ohlone College Foundation has hosted a Citizen of the Year Luncheon to honor a group, organization, or individual that makes an exceptional contribution to the community, providing important services and contributing significantly to the progress or improvement of the Tri-Cities. This year, the Foundation Board has chosen to honor Dave Smith, former Mayor of Newark, as the Citizen of the YOWZA!, renaming the event in his honor for 2012.

The Citizen of the Year Champagne Luncheon is the last major social event before summer for community members in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Held on Saturday, June 2 at the beautiful Ohlone College Newark Center, the luncheon highlights the many accomplishments of Smith, as well as awarding more than $80,000 in scholarships to Ohlone College students.

"We are so pleased to be able to honor Dave Smith for his unwavering commitment to the Tri-Cities area over the past 33 years," said Bob Douglass, Chair of the Ohlone College Foundation Board of Directors. "Whether he was wearing his Mayor of Newark hat, acting in his position at Ohlone College or volunteering at one of our local organizations, Dave's impact on our community is undeniable."

5 men in suits.Current City Manager John Becker, past City Manager and past Council Member Alberto Huezo, former Mayor David W. Smith, past City Manager and past Council Member Paul H.B. Tong, and past City Manager Richard W. Turnlund.

The Ohlone College Foundation raises funds to provide scholarships and program support to Ohlone students and to the college. The Citizen of the Year Champagne Luncheon is the Foundation's largest fundraising event and one of the most recognized events in the community.

For more information, to purchase tickets, or to hear about sponsorship opportunities, please visit or call (510) 659-6020. Tickets are $75 each; $55 for Ohlone employees.

[ View Articles Index. ]

Related Links at Ohlone College