Historical society honors individuals, organizations

HAYWARD — The Hayward Area Historical Society is honoring five people and organizations for preserving the area’s past.

Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley is being given the historic business award. Called Eden Hospital when it was founded in 1954, it is being honored for its years in the community and for renewing its presence with a new facility, which opened late last year.

Rowell Ranch Rodeo of Castro Valley is the winner of the historic organization award. Rancher Harry Rowell held the first rodeo on his Dublin Canyon property more than 90 years ago, but for several years, the rodeo was held at Burbank School in Hayward. It is now back at the ranch, along Interstate 580.

A historic preservation award is being given to Michael and Julie Sundita for maintaining their early 20th-century home on Pinedale Court in Hayward.

Cheryl Gerard of Lea’s Christian School in Hayward is the society’s teacher of the year. Lea is being recognized for her efforts to make history come to life, and taking part in the society’s tours of McConaghy House, downtown walking tours, and discovery kits and online classroom resources.

Betty Moose of San Lorenzo is the recipient of the John Sandoval Award, which is given for outstanding volunteer service. Moose is president of the San Lorenzo Heritage Society, which strives to preserve and document the historic community.

Personal comment: Betty, as she seems to prefer being called, is an amazing, cheerful, energetic person. She’s in her 80s, but her mind is sharp, and she’s always at meetings, looking out for the best interests of her community.

The awards will be given at the society’s gala April 26 at Stonebrae Country Club. Tickets are $85 for historical society members, $95 non-members. Tables of eight are available for $650 for members, $730 for non-members.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Alison Wenz at 510-581-0223 or alison@haywardareahistory.org.