Presented by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council and named for the late Leslie C. Tupper, a former president of both the Coordinating Council and the La Cañada Unified School District board, the Les Tupper awards recognize LCF residents who have demonstrated long-term and broad-based volunteer service to the local community outside of their job duties. Recipients this year include: LCF City Councilman and former Mayor Michael Davitt; LCUSD board member Ellen Multari; longtime educational supporter Soo Kim Choi; Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court adviser Katherine Markgraf; La Cañada High School senior Naomi Stephen; and Flintridge Preparatory School junior Courtney Johnson. Tom Hoffman — a JPL project manager for the InSight mission, which will launch a rocket to Mars from the California coast on May 5 — was the featured keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony at JPL’s Von Karman Auditorium. The LCF Coordinating Council is celebrating 50 years.
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