Antioch Chamber announces 2015 Citizens, Businesses and Nonprofit of the Year winners

For the first time, the Antioch Chamber of Commerce announced their annual award honorees before their annual gala dinner. The dinner will be held on Friday, March 11th and will honor the the 2015 Citizens of the Year for Lifetime Achievement and Most Impact, as well as Youth, Large and Small Businesses, and Nonprofit organization of the Year.

Jane Parsons

Jane Parsons

Jane Parsons, an Antioch institution who has served her community as a volunteer and an elected official for more than four decades, has been named Antioch’s 2015 Citizen of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, along with Ken Turnage II as 2015 Citizen of the Year, Most Impact.

Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement

Jane Parsons was first appointed as a City Treasurer in 1983 and went on to win five elections, retiring in 2004. Jane has volunteered for over forty years for many community efforts including Rivertown Jamboree, Holiday De Lites and the Lighted Boat Parade, Soroptimist International of Antioch, Delta Thunder Boat Parade, Delta 2000 and is a past Commodore of the Driftwood Yacht Club. Jane is the longest serving member of the Antioch Chamber’s Ambassadors, supporting mixers, ribbon cuttings and more. She is one of those rare individuals who serves quietly and always has a smile and wonderful attitude. Those who have worked with her over the years do so because she is so inspiring and she serves without regard to personal gain and always for a good cause, women, children and the entire community.

Ken Turnage II

Ken Turnage II

Citizen of the Year Most Impact

Ken Turnage II grew up in Antioch watching Antioch’s greatest mentors and influential families shape the community. Today, Ken serves on Antioch’s Economic Development Commission, is a member of the Antioch Rotary Club, supports and participates in the many events and activities of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, and is a strong supporter Antioch Police Activities League (PAL) and the Leo Fontana Family Foundation. Through these organizations, along with many others, Ken’s efforts work towards creating and sustaining a sense of pride in Antioch.  Ken continuously offers his support and guidance to community events, however, the highlights of 2015 were using his extensive construction skills building Santa’s Sleigh for the Holiday De Lites parade and creating a pool top dance floor for the annual Rotarian Luau.

The other winners of the 2015 awards are:  Large Business of the Year, Sutter Health Medical Center; Small Business of the Year, M.A.L.U. Fitness; Nonprofit of the Year, Antioch Rotary Club.  The Youth of the Year winners will be announced at the event.

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Gala will be held on Friday, March 11th, 6:00 PM at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, 4800 Golf Course Road in Antioch. Tickets are on sale now at, emailing or by calling (925) 757-1800.


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