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Murphy Awards

An Annual Gala Celebrating Exceptional Contributors to the Sunnyvale Community

2021 Marks our 56th Annual Murphy Awards!
We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Murphy Awards.  Categories and their descriptions are listed below.  Nominations are open through May 28th.
Who is eligible?

Any business or community member is eligible to be recognized.

 

Who can nominate?

Any community member can nominate a business or professional who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the success of our community.

 

How are nominees selected?

The nominating selection committee will review and select candidates in each category based on merit. The Sunnyvale Chamber Board of Directors will finalize the nomination. Nomination forms must be submitted by May 28th.  We have expanded the nomination to expand our marketing outreach.

 

When will recipients be recognized?

Recipients will be recognized at a Virtual celebration in August, 2021.  The event date will be released soon.

 

 

2021 Award Categories

 

The Murphy Award

The Murphy Award is a lifetime achievement for a community member(s) who have demonstrated an exceptional contribution to the Sunnyvale Community, both professionally and personally.

 

Outstanding Community Impact Award

This award recognizes an individual or business who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the safety, health and welfare of our community during the pandemic.

 

Emerging Member Business of the Year

This category recognizes the contribution of a small business with 50 employees or less.

 

Influencer Member Business of the Year

This category recognizes the contribution of a mid-sized business with 51 - 500 employees.

 

Sustaining Member Business of the Year

This category recognizes the contribution of a large company with 501 or more employees.

 

Nonprofit of the Year

Recognition for exceptional service and contribution to the Sunnyvale community.

 

Outstanding Technology & Innovation

This awards recognizes a company or individual's technology or innovation that has contributed to the improvement of the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the Sunnyvale community.

 

Outstanding Professional of the Year

The Outstanding Professional of the year is an honor to exceptionally qualified person who has made outstanding contributions to the quality of life through service to our community.

 

Outstanding Educator: Sunnyvale SD

Outstanding Educator is nominated by their school district, therefore, we are not accepting public nominations for the Educator awards.

 

Outstanding Educator: Fremont Union SD

Outstanding Educator is nominated by their school district, therefore, we are not accepting public nominations for the Educator awards.

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

Sunnyvale School District - Mary Grace Votran- Outstanding Educator of the Year 

Fremont Union High School District - Amber Tanger- Outstanding Educator of the Year 

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

Cake4Kids- Outstanding Community Contribution

Traptic- Outstanding Innovation in Agricultural Robotics

23andMe- Outstanding Achievement in Building Human Connections

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

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

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

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

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