Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes The 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes was held on Monday, April 3, at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. The event, held during SNA’s Legislative Action Conference (LAC), was the fourth annual celebration of the extraordinary men and women in the school nutrition profession who make a difference in the lives of school children and go beyond their daily responsibilities in making a significant contribution to their communities. The event is the only fundraising event that the School Nutrition Foundation holds and the evening is essential to securing funding for the scholarships that the Foundation provides to SNA members annually. The 2017 School Nutrition Heroes. For more photos from the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes, visit our Flickr page. 2017 School Nutrition Heroes The 2017 event recognized the following five individuals, who were selected out of 31 nominations from 17 states. While all the nominees were outstanding, the Selection Committee selected the following individuals: David Schwake, MS, RD, SNS Food Service Director Litchfield Elementary School District #79 Litchfield Park, Ariz. View Video Timikel Blakey Sharpe, MS Deputy Director of Food Service Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles, Calif. View Video Doreen Simonds Director, Nutrition & Purchasing Services Waterford School District Waterford, Mich. View Video Elizabeth Whidden Child Nutrition Program Manager Hoover City Schools Hoover, Ala. View Video Betti Wiggins Executive Director of Office of School Nutrition Detroit Public Schools Community District Detroit, Mich. View Video Sponsors of the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes Sponsorship of the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes is a significant factor in securing revenue from the event that can be used for scholarships for SNA members in the coming year. The following were sponsors for the 2017 Celebration of School Nutrition Heroes: Premier Sponsor Leaders AccuTemp Products, Inc. Foster Farms Jennie-O Turkey Store KeyImpact Sales & Systems Land O’ Lakes Dairy Foods Los Cabos Mexican Foods Mott's National Dairy Council Schwan’s Food Service Inc. Champions Conference Direct Heartland School Solutions JTM Food Group School Nutrition Association SFSPac Food Safety & Sanitation System SMART Temps, LLC Supporters ConAgra Foodservice Cool School Café The CORE Group Domino’s GES J&J Snack Foods PepsiCo Foodservice PSAV Red Gold Ruiz Foods Somma Foods Ultragrain/Ardent Mills To learn more about the 2016 School Nutrition Heroes, click here. To learn more about the 2015 School Nutrition Heroes, click here. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.