Community Assets Awards Celebrates 7th Annual Event

Ramon Trujillo of the Atomic City Transit and Louise Hassman a community volunteer were selected to receive the Director’s Award for service beyond belief to their community. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Earlier this month, the Assets In Action program with support from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) recognized their annual group of good deed do-ers from the community.
The Community Assets Awards celebrated their seventh annual event recognizing more than 30 adults in the community at a Feb. 7 event.
The award recipients included people from all walks of life that all have one thing in common, making the world and our community a little better.
“By far my favorite part of the event is calling people to tell them they have been nominated,” Bernadette Lauritzen, C’YA’s Executive Director said. “Many of them either assume I have made an error or can’t imagine why anyone would take the time to nominate them.”
The random acts of kindness usually done with every intention ranged from employees going above and beyond what is expected to someone that takes an idea and makes it come to life.
The staff of the Blue Window Bistro was recognized for being exceptionally welcoming to patrons, Melissa Mackey from Mesa Public Library was noted for making the library a place that will bring youth back time after time and the Smith’s Store in White Rock was acknowledged for being like family and eagerly greeting an elderly woman which turned to a hug as she became more ill with each visit.
Louise Hassman was credited with volunteering to benefit several non-profits, including Casa Mesita, the Festival of Trees as a quilter working weekly to make hand tied quilts for local service agencies and even spending time assisting the Little Theater.
For the first time since the awards program began, a youth was not nominated in any category.
“It’s a sad truth that we get too busy to take a minute to acknowledge the great things youth do in and around our community every day,” Lauritzen said.
Throughout the rest of February, Champions of Youth Ambitions is asking willing participants to bake a plate of cookies for a local youth appreciating something they do or donate $5.00 to their non-profit as they begin a new program of recognizing a youth every month until the annual event comes again.
Nomination forms will be distributed in March and the program has already selected the youth who will receive their first recognition. To make a donation or request a form, email The program also requests those baking cookies on their own to take a photo and alert them to your recipient. A Facebook page has started called Champions of Youth Ambitions – C’YA.
Daniel Lopez and Dan Levings. Both of WR Smith’s were recognized for the Earn & Learn program and for kindness and compassion of the White Rock Smith’s employees. Photo by Chad Lauritzen
Alex Zubelewicz accepted a Community Asset award on behalf of the Rotary Stars, 10 in all for making the world a better place. Photo by Chad Lauritzen