Nominate Someone for a High Five Community Excellence Award!

Every quarter, KCBA FOX 35 and Monterey Credit Union acknowledge a member of the community for their outstanding service and dedication to the Monterey, Salinas, and Santa Cruz area. The High Five Community Excellence Award is a proud recognition of the work that outstanding individuals contribute to a better and more inclusive Central Coast.

CLICK HERE to nominate someone making a positive difference in the community!


Aaron Lazenby & Kate Pavao

Aaron and Kate are the founders of the Live Like Coco Foundation, a Santa Cruz based nonprofit helping kids grow up healthy and with opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation provides a variety of programs focusing on literacy, health and wellness, nature and environmental education, community service, and extracurricular activities. Congratulations and thank you, Kate and Aaron, for creating a brighter future for kids in the Santa Cruz community!

Tiffany Nino

Tiffany is a Salinas High School rising senior who is striving to make a positive difference for essential workers in her area. She is spearheading her own Hero Healing Kits project, an initiative to donate care packages to grocery store employees as a sign of the community's appreciation, and as a way of brightening their day. Support her mission through!

Kara Lyman

Kara is the founder of Caroline's Pantry, a nonprofit community effort to feed people, animals and the earth by reusing, recycling and repurposing food and resources that would otherwise go unclaimed.

Emily Doré

Emily is the Head Administrator for Free 2 Be a Kid, a Santa Cruz based children's clothing exchange. She organizes donations and drop-offs around the county providing peace of mind for families in need. Watch how she's bringing comfort and joy to her community through her efforts!

Julianne Leavy

Julianne is the Executive Director of Harmony At Home. She dedicates her life to breaking cycles of violence in our community. Watch her story to see how she's helped adolescents dealing with childhood trauma, bullying and abuse.

Elise Lalor

Elise is the Co-Founder of Monkey Tail Ranch. She trains service dogs to meet the needs of families and individuals struggling with autism, stress and anxiety. Watch how her amazing work has improved lives!

Joanne Bowman

Joanne is the Bookstore Manager of Friends of the Marina Library. She encourages the public to donate used, old books and sells them at low-cost prices to our community. Click the video to watch her story!

Michelle Williams

Michelle is the Executive Director at the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, a private, non-profit agency. Her focus on increasing arts education is building our communities in a big way. Check out her story by watching our video!