The Contra Costa Council's Social Responsibility Task Force has announced eight individuals and organizations -- two Orinda individuals and one local nonprofit group among them -- that will be honored at the second annual Contra Costa Philanthropy Awards breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 45 John Glenn Drive in Concord.
The Philanthropy Awards program recognizes individuals, businesses and service organizations that have made significant contributions of time, leadership and financial support to benefit Contra Costa residents.
The Volunteer of the Year winner is Orinda resident Kay Aaker, who has tirelessly volunteered at Caring Hands at the John Muir Medical Center, American Cancer Society and Hospice of the East Bay, among other groups and causes.
The Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to Judy Lazarus, founder of the Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center of Orinda, which has offered therapeutic horseback riding for children with a wide range of disabilities for 18 years.
The nonprofit Xenophon organization serves Contra Costa County and Alameda County children with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship-certified instructors and a licensed physical therapist who, along with volunteers, serve 48 children a week at the ranch in Orinda, leased from PG&E and with the support of Chevron.
Register early for the breakfast at