A Big Heart for All

Citrus Heights, CA  |  By Elise Spleiss
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Kathilynn Carpenter, recipient of Stone’s third annual “21” Award with members of her family on her left, and Stone’s Kermit Schayltz, General Manager Art Van Loon, and District Representative for Senator Jim Nielsen, Landon Wolf on her right.

Citrus Heights Ambassador Receives Stone’s Third “21” Award

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - “Sunrise MarketPlace is the heart of the City and you are the heart of Sunrise Market Place.” These words said to Kathilynn Carpenter by Landon Wolf of Senator Jim Nielsen’s office summed up the consensus of those gathered at Stone’s Gambling Hall on November 7, 2018 to honor Carpenter, recipient of Stone’s third annual “21” Award.

                Family, friends and members of the Citrus Heights community gathered at Stone’s Gambling Hall to recognize Carpenter for more than 20 years of commitment and service to Citrus Heights.

                Stone’s Kermit Schayltz greeted attendees and asked City Manager Chris Boyd, recipient of Stone’s 2017 “21” Award, to read their resolution honoring Carpenter. Wolf also presented her with certificates of recognition from the offices of Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman Ken Cooley.              

                Members of the Citrus Heights City Council, Police Chief Ron Lawrence, and City Manager Chris Boyd were introduced by Schayltz.

                Carpenter has served as executive director of the Sunrise MarketPlace Business Improvement District (BID) since its inception in 1999.

                Comprised of 11 shopping centers, with 450 businesses in the heart of Citrus Heights, the many retailers, restaurants and professional businesses span a 10-block area along Sunrise Boulevard between Arcadia Drive and Madison Avenue, and along Greenback Lane between Birdcage Street and Fair Oaks Boulevard.

                In 2015, in response to the growing presence of homeless along this business corridor, Carpenter worked with business owners and others to help form the Citrus Heights Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART).       

                Under her leadership as Chair of the HART board since 2016, a team was built to address the long-term needs of all homeless in Citrus Heights, including programs and events for homeless veterans and to assist the 3,400 identified homeless students in the San Juan Unified School District. Lives are being changed daily as a result of these programs.

                Following the presentations Carpenter shared that when she arrived here in 1997 from Las Vegas her goal was to be more involved in her community. She thanked the many who have formed the team to help her reach her goal including her MarketPlace staff, the City of Citrus Heights, Chamber of Commerce, police department, Rotary Club and other nonprofits, the local faith community, businesses and other property owners.  She noted, “we are a team with the same goals”.

                Stone’s first recipient of the “21” award was Mel Turner who was serving his second term on the Citrus Heights city council when he passed away on  April 20, 2017. Turner served as mayor in 2014.

                Stone’s Gambling Hall “21” Award is presented to a member of the community who has shown exemplary commitment and dedication to the advancement of the City of Citrus Heights, a history of leadership, and demonstrated a passion for making a different.” Carpenter epitomizes these requirements in her work with and for the City of Citrus Heights.

For information visit www.shopsmp.com, www.facebook.com/sunrise marketplace. For information on HART go to www.citrusheightshart.org.