Sammy Award

Sam Barnes
Robert Samuel Barnes

Project Youth OCBF’s “Sammy” award is given each year to a recipient or recipients who have contributed substantially to Project Youth in order to assist it in best serving the youth and families of Orange County. The “Sammy” honors their commitment and unwavering support. The “Sammy” is dedicated in the loving memory of Robert Sam Barnes, a longtime supporter and friend who contributed greatly to Project Youth.

24th Annual Sammy Award

A longtime supporter of Project Youth, Kyle S. Kawakami, our 2017 Sammy Award recipient, demonstrates an exemplary commitment to service and bettering the Orange County community. His level of commitment far exceeds his obligations as a member of the Board of the Directors and Society of Fellows, or as past president of Project Youth (2016). Kyle has dedicated countless hours to recruit new donors and friends to the organization, and to volunteer and assume an active role in the Project SELF program. He is a valued volunteer and friend to Project Youth, and we know the entire Orange County community is fortunate for Kyle’s tenacious commitment to its betterment. He is widely respected and well liked for good reason. 

In his professional life, Kyle is a partner at Irell & Manella, where he has a diverse business practice that includes general corporate, venture capital, real estate, and taxation matters. Our gratitude for the energies he has devoted to Project Youth and the value he brings to our organization cannot be overstated.

Sammy Award Recipients
2017Kyle S. Kawakami, Esq.
24th Annual Sammy Award recipient Kyle Kawakami with 2017 Project Youth President Dan Robinson
24th Annual Sammy Award recipient Kyle Kawakami with 2017 Project Youth President Dan Robinson
23rd Annual Sammy Award recipient Dennis Ghan with 2016 Project Youth President Kyle Kawakami
23rd Annual Sammy Award recipient Dennis Ghan with 2016 Project Youth President Kyle Kawakami
2016Dennis W. Ghan, Esq.
2015Carolyn C. McKitterick, Esq.
2014Mark E. Minyard, Esq
2013John B. Hurlbut, Jr., Esq.
2012Santa Ana Police Department
2011James M. Skorheim, JD, CPA
2010Cindy Stokke, JD
2009Michael P. Maguire, Esq.
2008William S. O’Hare, Esq.
2007Michael D. Pursell, Esq.
2006Ygal Sonenshine and Justice Sheila Sonenshine (Ret.)
2005Paul and Jean Cleary
2004Jane Mills Martin
2003Irvine Health Foundation
2002John C. Herklotz
2001HITACHI
2000Orange County Superior Court
1999Ann Avery Andres, Esq.
1998The Honorable Judith M. Ryan (Ret.)
1997Donald L. Morrow, Esq.
1996The R.C. Baker Foundation
1995First American Title Insurance Company Nordstrom
1994Robert Samuel Barnes