Leslie “Jo” Booker Crane to get Spirit of Sonoma award – Sonoma West

Guerneville resident and Friends of Stumptown founder Leslie “Jo” Booker Crane will be honored with a Spirit of Sonoma County Award next month at a luncheon ceremony in Rohnert Park.

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) presents the annual awards “to those who contribute to the economic development of the communities in which they live and work,” said the EDB’s announcement of this year’s awards.

The winners are selected for donating “their time and expertise in support of local business and in helping others.”

Crane was nominated for helping to save Guerneville’s two annual parades, the summer Stumptown parade and the winter holiday Parade of Lights that were in danger of cancellation owing to organizational challenges. Through her non-profit group Friends of Stumptown Crane also helped save the town’s free annual 4th of July fireworks show.

“When they were overwhelmed with doing the parades, we stepped and started doing them. We saved the events,” said Crane, who works at the Appaloosa neighborhood sports bar on Fourth Street in Guerneville.

Crane is also a Russian River Chamber of Commerce director and serves as the chamber’s events coordinator. The River Chamber nominated her for the Spirit of Sonoma Award.

Friends of Stumptown also sponsor Guerneville’s participation in National Night Out, the nation-wide community-police-awareness-raising event held the first Tuesday in August.

Crane will be one of 20 recipients of this year’s Spirit of Sonoma  County awards when they are presented at a December 14 luncheon ceremony in Rohnert Park’s the Double Tree Hilton Hotel. The lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For reservations call 584-5466.