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Introducing your 2021 San Diego Gulls Hometown Heroes!

Thank you to all fans who submitted nominations for our 2021 San Diego Gulls Hometown Hero initiative. In honor of those selected, the San Diego Gulls Foundation will make a $2,500 donation on behalf of each of our heroes to the local non-profit of their choice.

Michael Shaw - Executive Director, SoCalYES

Michael Shaw is a lifelong resident of Escondido, California, where he resides with his wife and two young children. He developed a passion for volunteer work at a young age, which carried on through his adult life. In 1993, at the age of 13, he was honored as Volunteer of the Year with the President’s Youth Service Award at California State University San Marcos and, later, the President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

Additionally, he volunteered with several other organizations, including Palomar Continuing Care Center & Rehabilitation, Palomar Hospital Emergency Room, San Pasqual Volunteer Fire Department, Rady Children’s Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Michael is Founder and Executive Director of Southern California Youth Emergency Services where he continues his volunteer service to the community.

Jenée Peevy - Manager, Social Work Services

Jenée Peevy is a 15-year employee with the San Diego County Office of Education, serving in her current role as Manager of Social Work Services.

Peevy graduated from San Diego State University with a master’s degree in Social Work Administration, specializing in Children, Youth and Families. She also holds a BS in Criminal Justice Administration; minoring in Sociology/Juvenile Delinquency.  

Peevy is the proud mother of five children, ranging from 15-35 years old. She is very involved in the community, volunteering her time to support youth, families, and community members. In 2015, she received the volunteer of the year award from the San Diego Youth Football Conference. She serves on several boards and committees, including her current roles as secretary for the California Association of School Social Workers, Skyline Youth Football and Cheer Organization and USATF San Diego-Imperial Youth Committee and the Region E Director for the National Association of Social Work.

Audrey Stratton - Clinic Supervisor and Community Outreach, Feral Cat Coalition

Audrey was born in San Diego and raised the community of Ocean Beach. She started working in animal shelters when she was 20 years old and has worked in Animal Welfare ever since. While working at a local shelter, she discovered her passion for neonatal kittens and has fostered and raised over 200 bottle baby kittens. Audrey became active with community cats 10 years ago after discovering a nearby colony of over 80 cats in Mission Bay. She was introduced to Feral Cat Coalition, who taught her about trapping cats and having them spayed and neutered before releasing them back to their outdoor homes.

Audrey has since assisted the public with countless spay/neuter projects for homeless and owned pets. While Audrey still dedicates many volunteer hours with the community, she has also taken on the responsibility of running the Feral Cat Coalition’s Spay and Neuter clinic and she also serves as a member of their Board of Directors. In her spare time, Audrey is a diehard San Diego Gulls hockey fan and when she is not raising homeless kittens, she enjoys traveling to their away games. 

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