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Extraordinary achievement, social consciousness celebrated at gala event

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The honorees at UCSC’s annual Founders Celebration Dinner come from different disciplines and occupations, from astronomy to philanthropy to the world of investigative health reporting.

But each award winner has shown a combination of extraordinary achievement and a strong sense of social consciousness.

The event drew a crowd of 350 people to the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz last Friday night. Like many other Founders celebration events, including the Founders Forum, this year’s dinner sold out early and quickly.

UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal, on hand to congratulate each award winner, said they all had one key value in common: They are part of a shared quest “to leave the world a better place than when we found it.”

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