Nominations for the 2023 Citizen & Business of the Year are now open!
Applications are below and will be accepted through January 14, 2024.
For most of its 56-year history, Celebrate Campbell has been a formal evening Fundraising Gala held each March and attracting over 250 attendees to share in celebrating the community and acknowledging Campbell’s outstanding individuals and businesses.
Celebrate Campbell honors the previous year’s Citizen-of-the-Year and Business-of-the-Year, as well as our Ambassador and Volunteer-of-the-Year. Many local service organization volunteers are also recognized at this very special event. The Campbell Mayor, City Council, civil servants, community leaders, local politicians and more are in attendance.
This event is designed to give credit to those who dedicate their time and donate their services for the betterment of our community. The Chamber has been honoring our community’s silent heroes for over 50 years! The Gala also serves as a fundraising event for the Campbell Community Foundation Scholarship Fund.
The Sports Basement has grown from a one-off shop in a San Francisco warehouse open only on the weekends to 10 fully stocked Bay Area locations. Sports Basement has added a rentals program, developed full-blown ski shops and bike shops in house.
Ten percent of Sports Basement’s earnings are redistributed into the community through their Basementeers program, where they partner with thousands of local schools and non-profits. Through this program and their partnerships for their events, fests, and races, the community has been given over 10 million dollars.
Sports Basement locations are a hub for local clubs, non-profits, and corporate partners. They host over 7,000 events a year, which shakes down to about 20 events per day around the Bay! Their stores in all their reclaimed glory transform into whatever the community needs them to be. They serve as meeting halls, call centers, movie theaters, art galleries, yoga studios… they could even be a wedding venue if you want.
Their staff are the driving force behind all of their stores. They’re active community members running on their local trails and volunteering for their local animal shelters. Their instructors at their local pool and fellow competitors in some of the hardest races in the country. They bring their passion and expertise to work so you know that when you need advice on gearing up you’re not getting a sales pitch, you’re getting guided to the right equipment by someone who’s been there. They’re lucky that their staff love coming to work almost as much as they enjoy getting outside.
Nicholas Welzenbach is a second-generation funeral professional who has been serving families for nearly 20 years. He began his career in San Diego, but relocated with his wife, Kendall, to the Bay Area 10 years ago. Nicholas and his family live in Downtown Campbell where he is the Managing Partner of Darling Fischer in Campbell & Los Gatos as well as Los Gatos Memorial Park.
Nicholas is an active member of the community. He serves on the Board for both the Campbell Chamber and the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, and is an active Los Gatos Rotarian.
He and his staff are working daily to care for families, while also working to reinvent funeral service around Celebrations of Life and by helping families find new and unique ways to tell their loved ones stories.
While funeral and cemetery service are his life’s work and passion, what he truly loves is being with his family. Kendall and Nicholas have a daughter Audrey, and a son Lachlan. His daily work has shown him the true value of every moment.