Cricket Rubino to Receive Leadership Excellence Award at 2021 Gala

Cricket Rubino - 2019 Leadership Excellence Award Recipient

MORGAN HILL, CA – Leadership Morgan Hill (LMH) is thrilled to announce the selection of longtime Morgan Hill volunteer and community proponent Cricket Rubino as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Leadership ExcellenceAward.  Presentation of the award will take place as an outdoor celebration/fundraiser at Guglielmo Winery on Saturday, September 18.  The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes the vision and leadership that advance the spirit of community and charity; reflects courage and insight; and inspires others to lead in a like manner.

Byron Kelley, Chair of the LMH organization, is delighted with Cricket’s selection, saying “It’s wonderful to honor someone that has contributed so much to the Leadership organization as a program graduate and a former Board member, Board Chair and Program Coordinator. Her support of the youth and the seniors in Morgan Hill is exemplary.  She is so deserving of this recognition.” 

 Cricket has a reputation for being genuine, caring, positive and charismatically outgoing.  She is seen as a problem-solver willing to take on challenges and see them through to success.  She is a natural leader with a calm and “let’s get it done” approach that empowers others who work with her.  She was chosen Morgan Hill’s Woman of the Year in 2013.

Cricket spent 27 years assisting husband Michael as Color Guard Coach for the Live Oak High School Marching Band, bringing a national championship home and traveling to China where the Band performed on the Great Wall.  When her two kids attended PA Walsh Elementary School, Cricket was right there supporting them through Home and School Club and School Site Council.  Since 2002, Cricket has supported the YMCA as Board member and President.  She launched her own home-based business offering outsourced administrative services in 1995 and ran it for 17 successful years.

Through her service to the YMCA, Cricket got involved with the Morgan Hill Senior Center that is co-managed by the City and the YMCA.  When the recession hit in 2007, the City cut the Senior Center budge by $30,000.  With other Senior Advisory Committee members, Cricket spearheaded fundraising effort that nearly covered the budget shortfall. She led efforts to establish the Friends of the Morgan Hill Senior Center under the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, and then led efforts to make it an independent nonprofit organization for which she now serves as Board Chair.

Many years ago, Cricket and Michael and their Band Boosters started a weekend bingo game to help raise funds for the Live Oak Marching Band.  Based on that success, Cricket suggested a Tuesday night Bingo game to supplement funding for the Senior Center, and it continues to thrive under Cricket’s direction.  The Friends organization has recently started a drive to fund an endowment that will assure a place for Seniors when downturns hit as they surely will.

Cricket and Mike, together with their two kids and two grandchildren, are a close-knit family that enjoys being and doing many things together. The Rubinos have always enjoyed traveling to new destinations and are able to do more now in their semi-retired years.

Cricket will receive the LEAD medal at the gala Garden Party tribute dinner at beautiful Guglielmo Winery.  Based on Cricket’s track record of community involvement and the positive relationships, many community leaders, LMH alumni and supporters, friends and relatives will plan to attend this community celebration in her honor. A social hour will precede dinner which will be followed by the award program and then dacing  In keeping with the setting and the Garden Party theme, dress for the event is business comfortable/casual for summer fun. 

The Honorary Committee for the event is being chaired by Jennifer Tate while LMH graduate Cinda Meister is chairing the Event Committee.   

A committee consisting of all former Leadership Excellence Award recipients forms annually to select the new honoree. In addition to honoring Cricket, the gala event raises funds that benefit the non-profit LMH educational organization, now in its 25th year of building community leadership. The nine-month program aims to deepen participants’ understanding of the workings and needs of Morgan Hill and identify community service opportunities that fit their interests and skills. LMH graduates are found in leadership positions throughout Morgan Hill in government, education, business, farming and nonprofit organizations. 

Please save the September 18 event date on your calendar. Ticketing and other  information on the event and about LMH is available at

Read more about Cricket Rubino in gmhTODAY magazine online at:

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