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Murphy Awards

An Annual Gala Celebrating Exceptional Contributors to the Sunnyvale Community

2021 Marks our 56th Annual Murphy Awards!

The 2021 Murphy Award Planning Committee is in session.  Interesed in helping to plan this year's event?  We have 2 Committee spots open.  Please email us to learn more.

A Look Back: Here are the Community Contributors that we have celebrated over the last decade....

2020

Keynote Speaker – California State Assembly Member -Marc Berman

Outstanding Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District -Mary Grace Votran

Outstanding Educator of the Year

Fremont Union High School District -Amber Tanger

Outstanding Innovation in Research and Development Technology -Sunnyvale Bosch Research & Technology Center

Outstanding Community Contribution - Cake4Kids

Outstanding Innovation in Agricultural Robotics -Traptic

Outstanding Achievement in Building Human Connections- 23andMe

Outstanding Accomplishment in S.T.E.A.M. Leadership -Fremont High Robotic Team

Outstanding Achievement in Small Business Management - Leigh Odum - Leigh’s Books and Bookasaurus

Outstanding Achievement in Medical Technology – Silk Road Medical, Inc.

The Murphy Award - Lifetime Community Contribution- Bob and Margaret Lawson

2019

Keynote Speaker – Santa Clara County District Attorney – Jeff Rosen

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

Grabit – Outstanding Innovation in Electroadhesion Robotics

Magical Bridge Foundation – Outstanding Community Contribution

Impact Vision -  Outstanding Innovation in Hyperspectral Imaging

Silicon Valley Clean Energy – Outstanding Collaboration in Carbon Free Electricity

Sares – Regis and Hunter Properties – Outstanding Philanthropy and Community Development

Julia Miller – Murphy Award Lifetime Community Contribution

2018

Keynote Speaker – United State Air Force Commander, 129th Air Rescue– Colonel Taft Aujero

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

EBR Systems – Outstanding Technology in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Blue River Technologies – Outstanding Innovation in Agricultural Robotics

Alta Devices -  Outstanding Innovation in Solar Cell Technology

6b bytes – Outstanding Innovation in Culinary Robotics

Quanergy – Outstanding Innovation in Lidar Sensing Technology

Koniku – Outstanding Technology in Neurocomputation

Dianne & Regis McKenna – Murphy Award Lifetime Community Contribution

2017

Keynote Speaker – California State Senator – Jerry Hill

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

Blue Fox – Outstanding Accomplishment in Statistical Retail Technology

ACT Enviro 2017 Award for Sustainable and Innovation in Hazardous Medical Waste Technology

Sunnyvale Public Library – Outstanding Technology and innovation in Library Services

Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center – Outstanding Achievement in Smart Home technology and Innovation for the Audio and Visually Impaired

Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services - Sunnyvale – Outstanding Accomplishment in Specialty Children’s Health

Larry Stone – Murphy Award Lifetime Community Contribution

2016

Keynote Speaker – California State Assembly – Rich Gordon

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

Double Robotics – Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Communication

LinkedIn – Outstanding Achievement in Community Contribution and Employee Collaboration

Downtown Streets Team – Outstanding Accomplishment in Human Compassion, Dignity, and Innovative Leadership

DynoSense – Outstanding Healthcare Technology

Joe Simitian and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors – Outstanding Dedication and Community Diplomacy in Securing the Sunnyvale Cold Weather Shelter

Connie Verceles, Economic Development Manager – Outstanding Accomplishment and Dedicated Diligence in Economic Development

Dick Smith – Murphy Award

2015

Keynote Speaker – Santa Clara County Assessor – Larry Stone

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

Fellow Robots – Outstanding Innovation in Retail Robotics

Second harvest Food Bank – Outstanding Humanitarian Contribution

El Camino Hospital – Outstanding Innovation in Life Saving Technology

Sunnyvale Rotary Clubs – Outstanding Community Contribution

City of Sunnyvale - Santa Clara County Water District & Apple Inc – Outstanding Partnership in Water Conservation

Google – Outstanding Innovation in Historic Renovation and Business Expansion

Leslie Lawton – Murphy Award

2014

Keynote Speaker – Santa Clara County Supervisor - Dave Cortese

Fremont Union High School –Akane Tanaban-Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District- Emily Moorehead – Educator of the Year

Enervault – Outstanding Innovation in Electrical Energy Storage

Accuray – Outstanding Robotic Stereotactic Surgery and Radiation Therapy

Sunnyvale Challenge Team, Reach Potential – Outstanding Inspirational Mentoring in Youth Leadership

KnightScope – Outstanding Robotic Crime Prevention and Start-up Company of the Year

EHC Life Builders – 2013 Humanitarian Award of Excellence

ZSpace – Outstanding 3D & Virtual-Holographic Technology and Innovation

Leadership Sunnyvale – Outstanding Community Engagement and Leadership Training

Jeanine Staneck –Murphy Award

2013

Keynote Speaker –SVLG - Carl Guardino

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

Laura Babcock – Outstanding Centennial Celebration

Liquid Robotics – Outstanding Innovation in Ocean Science

Toyota Sunnyvale – Outstanding Regional and Global Automotive Company

Becky Griffey, Leslie Lawton, Debbie Owen – Outstanding Amity and Community Contribution

NASA Ames Research Center – Outstanding Inner Planetary Exploration and Technology

Rodriguez Family – Outstanding Historical Sunnyvale Family

Mary Hidalgo – Murphy Award

Apple – Leading Worldwide Corporation

Cosmopolitan Catering – Outstanding Business Growth and Expansion

Santa Clara County Foster Care – Compassion and Contribution to Foster Children

2012

Keynote Speaker – California State Senator - Joe Simitian

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

Intuitive Surgical – Outstanding Robotic Technology and Domestic Investment

Plug & Play Tech Center – Outstanding Business Model and Startup Technical Center

Northrop Grumman – Outstanding Defense Technology

Jay Paul Company – Outstanding Architectural Contribution and Corporate Campus

Specialty Solid Waste & Recycling – Outstanding Business Management and Community Contribution

Kaiser Permanente – Healthy Community and Green Practice Award

Sunnyvale Community Services – Outstanding Community Stewardship and Humanitarian Award

Nick & Ray Tickvica – Murphy Award

2011

Fremont Union High School – Educator of the Year

Sunnyvale School District – Educator of the Year

San Francisco Bay Trail Project – Julie Miller

Serious Materials – Outstanding Business Accomplishment, Empire State Building Retrofit

Lockheed Martin – Outstanding Environmental Achievement

Juniper Networks – Outstanding Innovation and Technology

Yahoo – Outstanding Online and Cyber Safety Education

City of Sunnyvale, Quatro Realty, Wilson Meany Sullivan – Outstanding Real Estate Collaboration

129th Rescue Wing – Armed Service Award

Blue Star Moms- Armed Service Award

Charlie Olson – Murphy Award