Awards and Recognition

November 2013- ENF named High Achieving Team


ENF received the High Achieving Team Award at the Starblazers & Top Hats Give Back Awards Gala. Thank you so much to Phil Am BID (Philippine American Business Improvement and Development) for supporting ENF and for presenting such an award. A Huge Thank you to board member, Nimpa Akana, for nominating ENF and making this possible!






May 2013- Richard named CNN Hero

CNN Heroes Award was created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a real difference in their communities. What an honor for Richard to be a CNN Hero!!

May 2013 Padres Comunidad Award

ENF and Executive Director Richard Nares, were recognized as a 2013 Comunidad Award Winner!! The award is in recognition of ENF’s positive impact in the hispanic community, in support of the San Diego Padres Foundation community vision of children’s health.





2012 LEAD San Diego’s Leadership Action Team Initiative recipient

ENF Loving Tabs Project, has been selected as one of six LEAD San Diego Leadership Action Team Initiative recipient. We are beyond thrilled to work with such brilliant emerging leaders in San Diego. LEAD San Diego annually renews its commitment to community service through its Leadership Action Team Initiative, the service-learning component of its 10-month signature program, IMPACT San Diego.


2011 KPBS Local Hero Awards

KPBS celebrates cultural diversity in partnership with Union Bank by honoring Richard Nares during Hispanic Heritage Month 2011. The Local Heroes Awards 2011 is the culmination of a year-long celebration of diversity that took place on February 8, 2012 at the Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego. Union Bank and KPBS honored 17 local individuals who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. Click here for more information on KPBS Awards

KPBS Awards


2011 RWJF Leadership Award

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced the recipients of its 2011 Community Health Leaders Award,RWJF Award honoring 10 individuals, including Richard Nares who have overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for disadvantaged or underserved communities across the country. “These individuals represent the best of America,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of RWJF. “Each of our 2011 Community Health Leaders identified a dire need in their community and took personal and professional risks to address that need. They are helping the people in their communities to live healthier, better lives.”



2010 Excellence in Business Leadership Award

Executive Director, Richard Nares was honored during the Fiesta de las Estrellas in recognition to his work at the Emilio Nares Foundation. “We congratulate the Fiesta de las Estrellas honorees for their outstanding accomplishments which have had a significant impact on our community and the nation,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox.





2009 People Magazine – Live-Saving Ride for Sick Kids

Check out a profile on Richard Nares and the Emilio Nares Foundation in People Magazine.Click here for the article.





2009 All Star Game

As one of the 30 all-stars chosen honored at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis, President Obama spotlighted Richard personally in his address
with the other 4 living presidents.
Click here to watch the video


2009 CECO Award

ENF CECO AwardSince 1956 the County Employees’ Charitable Organization (CECO) has served as the charitable arm of County employees, providing grant funding to local non-profit groups and community service entities. CECO is an entirely employee-directed and employee-managed organization that collects donations and determines award recipients. Every year, CECO recognizes the efforts of local non-profit groups that provide services in support of the community throughout San Diego County. This year the Emilio Nares Foundation was honored as one of CECO’s chosen award recipients. Thank you CECO for your big heart!



2009 E. Lee Walker Award

livestrong_logoThe Lance Armstrong Foundation awarded ENF the E.Lee Walker Imagination Award through the Foundation’s Community Programs. This award was created to recognize innovation in cancer survivorship-related programs and research. This award is named in honor of a former Chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation Board, Mr. E. Lee Walker.


2007 Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award

ENF BOA AwardBank Of America Charitable Foundation looked for organizations whose focus closely reflects local neighborhood priorities such as health and human services, education, community development, or arts and culture. Bank Of America wanted to honor the contributions of these heroes like Richard Nares, Executive Director, and celebrate him as a role model for others, and encourage others to follow in their path. This grant is given to executives who demonstrate how they have impacted their community and how grants funding and leadership development opportunities will help their organization further its work in the community.

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