The Spirit of Calabasas Award is given annually by the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce to someone who reflects the pioneering spirit, initiative, and outstanding contributions to the community of the late Bill Van Gieson, who is remembered for his creative leadership in developing chamber activities.
This year the chamber is bestowing the award on David Shapiro.
Shapiro is a three-time Mayor of Calabasas, and currently serves as a councilmember.
“It was not just his leadership in the Calabasas City Council that led to his being chosen,” said last year’s Spirit Award winner and Valley News Group publisher Kathleen Sterling. “David is everywhere, at every event in Calabasas. And the true meaning of ‘spirit’ has been shown in his amazing accomplishments of the last few years – establishing the Veterans Garden, the Mayor’s Youth Council, and most recently the Night of Solidarity With Israel. At his core David has a light and a ‘spirit’ and a true love of Calabasas that shines in all he does.”
And he has done a tremendous amount. Prior to being elected to the City Council in 2012, he served as Chair of the Calabasas Library Commission for six years and helped with the library’s inception. He helped open five parkz as chair of the Calabasas Parks and Recreation Commission. He helped develop the Calabasas Senior Center and sat on the board of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center. He is a representative on the Clean Power Alliance and was recently re-elected to the Regional Council for Southern California Association of Governments, representing not only Calabasas, Agoura, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village and Malibu.
Shapiro is active beyond government offices. He supports Loving Home Hospice for Children, Golden West ALS, Cordasco Something Yellow Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary and more. He is an active supporter of Chabad of Calabasas, and member of Or Ami and Hakkamon. He has always and continues to speak out against hate of any kind, launching an anti-bullying campaign in 2013 in the city and local schools. A Calabasas Chamber member, he spearheaded the Business Grant program during the pandemic, and always promotes “Shop Local.”
“David’s devotion to the community of Calabasas and its successful and robust local economy is unmatched. He deeply cares about each one of us and all of the businesses that call Calabasas home. He unites, is principled with high moral values, shares his larger-than-life personality with all of us, and supports this community with vigor and pride. Calabasas would not be what it is today without him and his leadership.” said Mike McNutt, Chairman of the Board, of the Chamber.
The Spirit of Calabasas Award will be given to Shapiro at the Chamber Installation Gala on Saturday, January 27, at the Calabasas Country Club. Tickets are $135 for members ($160 after January 16), and $185 for non-members. For tickets visit calabasaschamber.com .