San Marino City Councilman Dennis Kneier, and his wife, community leader Liz Kneier, received the 2012 Pasadena Family Values Award in a ceremony at the San Marino public library last week. KNBC’s Chuck Henry moderated the award ceremony and Pasadena musicians Peter and Rachel Mugemancuro performed at the event.
The award was presented by the Pasadena area congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) for exemplary public service that benefits families and communities. The Kneiers have served in volunteer positions in and around Pasadena, including San Marino city politics, the local PTA, the South Pasadena/San Marino YMCA and the San Marino Schools Foundation. In a tribute to the Kneiers, San Marino Mayor Richard Sun said, “the city of San Marino is very fortunate and grateful to have people like Liz and Dennis who extend their love and passion to the community. “
Liz Kneier responded by saying that the Pasadena area is, “ a wonderful community to raise our girls and the opportunities to get involved are endless.” After accepting the award, Dennis Kneier asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Mayor Sun summed up the spirit of the event by saying, “As an immigrant I’ve asked myself why the United States is such a great country. The answer is volunteerism. “