S.F.-based JFCS to present awards to five members of the community

"Each of these individuals on their own, and all of them collectively, bring to life the values JFCS embodies," said Norman Olson, the current JFCS board president.

"They have demonstrated that they possess a vision of our community and are willing to go the extra yard to alleviate suffering, improve people's quality of life and help people in need, whenever and wherever they may be. They are examples to all of us of what is possible."

Sheila and Richard Essey have been JFCS program sponsors since the early 1990s when they created the Star Kids program to help talented, low-income youngsters achieve their dreams. They also funded the Essey Meal Delivery Program, which provides food for those with disabilities and chronic illnesses throughout San Francisco.

After a workplace accident that put him on total disability at age 46, Ballenger became a volunteer in JFCS' Marin senior and disability companionship programs.

Novick, a former computer sciences professor, became a translator for JFCS' emigre program on the Peninsula. He also volunteers at a Jewish community center, teaches at a senior center in Mountain View and helps out at an area food bank.

Resnick has been an advocate for JFCS throughout the community and has helped JFCS acquire its new Palo Alto facility and provide more services for Peninsula residents.

"It's a FAMMY Affair: A Salute to the Stars of JFCS is JFCS' major annual benefit. The program will feature a silent auction, dinner and dancing, as well as the awards program.

This year's benefactors will be JFCS' Emigre Services, the JFCS Disabilities Project, the JFCS Parents Place family resource center and JFCS' Seniors-at-Home program. Tickets are $150 to $250. For reservations, call Sarah Verke at (415) 449-1294.