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Donna Jett is Carmel Residents Association's Citizen of the Year '23

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March 26th, family and friends gathered to honor Donna Jett, Carmel Residents Association’s Citizen of the Year 2023.

Welcome – Fred Bologna – President & Moderator

      Recognition of Former Citizens of the Year

      Presentation of the 2023 Citizen of the Year

      Certificates & Recognition by Elected Officials/Representatives, City, County, State & Federal

          Alissandra Dramov – City of Carmel-by-the-Sea Council Member, Mary Adams our District 5 Monterey County Commissioner, Dawn Addis our California State Assembly Representative, on behalf of our District in Washington DC we have Rachel Dann,  Jimmy Panetta’s District Director

      Our Newest Citizen of the Year Comments – Donna Jett


With special thanks to: 

Event Chairs – Cindy Lloyd & Mike Brown,
And to our many volunteers and t
ribute cake donation by Patisserie Boissiere

Video Production conducted by Mike Buffo, House of 8 Media, Candidate for Residential Curatorship of the Flanders Mansion.


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The Carmel Residents Association is honored to publicly recognize our worthy Citizen of the Year,
Donna Jett. On Sunday March 26th, Donna will join a distinctive honor roll of 33 exceptional
citizens, who we will also recognize at this year’s 27th celebration event. Following the formal 2 PM
program with local and regional civic dignitaries delivering certificates of appreciation to our
awardee, we invite everyone to congratulate our honoree while enjoying hearty hors d’oeuvres,
cake, and beverages.

Fred Bologna, President of Carmel Residents Association says “Donna is an extraordinary example of
a sustained committed volunteer for our Village. With over 25 years on nonprofit boards and event
leadership, her contributions are almost too many to mention. Her passion for the arts and those less
fortunate have been applied to her efforts to organizations including Joining Hands, Pacific Repertory
Theater, and Carmel Woman’s Club. She also directly applies her skills and energy to our City
through her service on the Community Activities Commission for almost 20 years. Donna truly
makes an impression and a difference. We are pleased to add her to our honor role of Citizens of
the Year.

Donna Jett offers It is a privilege and honor to be recognized for volunteering and helping where I can
for the city of CarmelbytheSea and the citizens of Monterey County. I moved here to be close to my
children and grandchildren, becoming involved with the theater and dance and serving on their
committees and boards. The Carmel Womans Club and other nonprofits offered another avenue for me
to assist in so many ways and help women. Volunteering is like starfish; you pick up one at a time. When
I saw a need, I raised my hand; when asked I said yes. We all can do a small part which adds up to bigger
successes. I look forward to continuing to raise my hand in our community that offers so much to so
many. Thank you for this outstanding award and the continued support of my family and friends.”

Citizen of the Year Background and Event Details

Beginning in the late 1980’s, and now every second year, CRA honors a prominent Carmel person by naming
them Citizen of the Year. Candidates have, through their service, enhanced the lives of residents of Carmel
bytheSea. Please visit the CRA website for the history of this event and a full roster of our prior honorees.

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