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Gomez, Roby honored as top citizens

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:48 Written by 

In introducing Gomez as Man of the Year Kings County Supervisor District 2 Supervisor Richard Valle was happy that Gomez was being recognized.
“When I was told the recipient of Man of the Year was Raul Gomez I was elated and thought that it could not have gone to a better person,” Valle said. “Raul has volunteered at his church and his community with dignity and respect. He has cared enough about Corcoran that he participates in the process. He is disciplined and has the qualities that the scriptures encourage such as meekness and humility. He is a true representative of Corcoran.”
Gomez has been very active in Corcoran over the years. He volunteers for several clubs and organizations including Knights of Columbus, Corcoran Kiwanis, Relay for Life, Kings County Latino Peace Officers Association, the Kings County Latino Round Table and the Mexican American Golf Association.
Gomez also has volunteered as a Cub Scout Troop leader, a coach for youth sports, is a delegate for the Tracy Lions Club, has sponsored youth to attend YMCA Summer Camp, and he has worked for the Operation Gobble Drive for the past 10 years. He has contributed to Project Santa for the Corcoran Unified School District as well as the Healthy Soles Project which provides new shoes to needy children, has volunteered at Literacy night and for Red Ribbon Week. Raul has also volunteered his time for the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Christmas food baskets and has served on the State of California Grand Jury as well as the Kings County Grand Jury.
Gomez was surrounded by his family and friends Wednesday evening which included his wife of over 50 years Mary Gonzales-Gomez.
The 2018 Woman of the Year Anita Roby was honored for her countless contributions to the Chamber and the community of Corcoran.
Roby has been an avid supporter of the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. She supports a long list of clubs and organizations such as the Corcoran High School band, the Police Activities League, the Make-A-Wish Foundation (helping to coordinate a wish for a Corcoran family) and she is a school volunteer and a member of the Mother’s Ministry.
Anita is currently the president of the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce and The Corcoran 50-50 Club. As a volunteer for the chamber Anita can be found running the chamber board meetings and also volunteering at chamber events throughout the year. Chamber events include Cotton Festival where Anita has worked as Bingo coordinator and she is also behind the microphone as the Cotton Parade announcer. Once both those jobs are over her day continues as she volunteers to work the beer booth until the event is over that evening. Roby also contributes her time for the Corcoran SpringFest and Chamber Christmas Parade. As if that weren’t enough, Anita has recently been named to the Board of Directors for The Corcoran Journal and is currently serving as the Interim Business Manager. Roby also stays busy as the president of the Corcoran 50-50 Club which raises money for various organizations in Corcoran through fundraisers where Anita volunteers her time as well.
Introducing Anita during last week’s banquet was Sheila Javaux. Javaux said that Roby has volunteered most of her adult life through various organizations.
“Some of Anita’s volunteerism has been made possible through her job at the J.G. Boswell Company. The Boswell Company has always helped Corcoran and encourages and supports its employees in volunteering and giving back to the community. Anita says ‘Giving back is what I like to do. It is me’,” Javaux said.
Anita’s friends and family were also in attendance which included her husband Gerald and her mother Bertie who is almost 93 years old.

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Tina Botill

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