Jacqueline Garell couldn't make the trip from London to Orinda to be with her mother, Susan Garell, at the 2014 Citizen of the Year, instead sending words of thanks and encouragement via video for everyone at the March 14 dinner to see and enjoy. Garell received the "Citizen" honor by virtue of her decade-plus of work within Orinda's arts community, including her time as a key organizer of the successful "Lamorinda Idol" talent competition.


Susan Garell reacts to a video greeting from her daughter Jacqueline as part of the 2014 Orinda Citizen of the Year dinner March 14. Jacqueline Garell
Susan Garell reacts to a video greeting from her daughter Jacqueline as part of the 2014 Orinda Citizen of the Year dinner March 14. Jacqueline Garell couldn't make it to the banquet from London, and instead sent a video message to her mom and all those assembled to honor Susan.