The Civic Center Community Benefit District (CBD) will honor local businesswoman Maryanne Zadfar, and Rob Malone from the SFMTA with Civic Star Awards as part of the CBD’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 9:00 am. We will be holding the event in Room 125 next to the newly remodeled San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, on the first floor of the War Memorial Veterans’ Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue. The event will also include a tour of the Gallery

Civic Star Award recipients are distinguished members of our community identified by the CCCBD Community Ambassadors for their contributions to improving the image, safety, beautification, and cleanliness of our neighborhood. The ambassadors make the nominations and the CBD’s board ratifies the winners.

The recipients usually represent a local business, property owner or person who has made a positive impact on the neighborhood generally, and who has, specifically, made the ambassadors jobs a little easier.

Maryanne Zadfar is the Chief Administrative Officer and Director, Human Resources, for The Absinthe Group, the largest private employer in the Civic Center/Hayes Valley area. The group owns and operates: Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Absinthe Private Dining, Arlequin Cafe & Food-To-Go, Arlequin Wine Merchant, Boxing Room, Comstock Saloon, and their new restaurant, Bellota. She was the driving force to get the Ivy Street Project on the map, get it approved by the Planning Department and assembling a collaborative partnership that includes the CBD, local property owners, and residents.

Rob Malone is the Senior Manager for the SFMTA’s Sustainable Streets Program, working on Parking. For the past two years, Thr Civic Center CBD has worked with him, and through his cooperation and support, with the MTA staff, to make several improvements and upgrades to the Civic Center Garage that has made it safer, friendlier and more efficient, which has increased parking levels. This has improved the patron experience for the arts organizations, as well as anyone who parks in the garage at night.

They will be honored at the Civic Center CBD 2016 Annual Meeting, on June 23, 2016, starting at 9:00 am. The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.