Chamber Awards Honor DA and Business Leaders

Carmichael, CA  |  By Susan Maxwell Skinner
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Sacramento DA Anne Marie Schubert (center) was named Person of the Year at the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce gala. She was joined by Rosemarie Martell, Connor Pexa, Ron Greenwood and Mahmud Shariff. Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner.

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) ­- Carmichael Chamber of Commerce has chosen Anne Marie Schubert – in her second term as District Attorney – as Carmichael Person of the Year. A recent awards dinner saw Schubert and other community leaders honored. Shriners Hospitals of Northern California was named Non-Profit of the Year.

More than 250 chamber supporters attended the sold-out fundraiser at Arden Hills Resort. Program emcee was Good Day Sacramento anchor Tina Macuha. Presenters included former Sheriff John McGinness.

While protestors against Schubert’s recent decision not to charge police officers in the 2018 Stephon Clark shooting gathered in the street, the DA’s indoor reception was notably warmer.  Attendees greeted her introduction with a standing ovation.

The gala also recognized greengrocer Rosemarie Martell as 2019 businesswoman; jeweler/philanthropist Mahmud Shariff was named top businessman; realtor and community activist Ron Greenwood took volunteer laurels. El Camino High School student Connor Pexa was lauded for volunteer work with seniors.

With her two young sons on hand, Anne Marie Schubert reflected that she – and predecessor DA Jan Scully – both were raised in Carmichael and attended Loretto High School. She reflected that if her youth was a halcyon time, her recent times as DA have been harrowing. “2018 was a very tough year,” she said. “There were tremendous highs and lows for my department but we will always be about justice. The [Chamber of Commerce] award means so much to me because I grew up in this neighborhood as one of seven kids. It warms my heart when people come up to me and say they worked with my dad. I’ll always be proud to come back to this community.”

Among auction items offered at the fundraiser, a painting of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center by Carmichael artist David Peterson sold for $700. A group breakfast tour at Good Day Sacramento with Tina Macuha raised $450. Alpha One Ambulance owner Tom Arjil won a $2000 diamond ring donated by Sharif Jewelers.

Event sponsors included SMUD, Dignity Health, Golden 1 Credit Union and SAFE Credit Union.