Building Community from the Inside Out

Heart for Bakersfield 2020

Garden Pathways was honored to virtually host the HEART FOR BAKERSFIELD event on May 19, 2020. We celebrated COVID Heroes, people and groups who have made a difference during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Healthcare
  • First Responders
  • Education
  • Volunteers
  • Businesses

Guests enjoyed the music of Amy Adams & The Rising Stars from the comfort of their homes.

Our sponsors were given the option of designating their sponsorship in the name of a “COVID hero” from one of the five categories (seen above). During the live event, we highlighted a representative from each category and celebrated all of our heroes.

Before the virtual event, everyone was invited to visit the Garden Pathways Facebook page to honor a COVID hero!

Proceeds benefit Garden Pathways mentoring and educating programs for at-risk and low-income families and youth.


Your support makes it possible for Garden Pathways to continue and increase life changing mentoring and education services in our community.
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(Half Table of 5)
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(Single Ticket)
To sponsor, call Karen at (661) 633-9133, or purchase online below.
Honorees 2019
Congratulations to Garden Pathways 2019 “WOMEN WITH A HEART FOR BAKERSFIELD” honorees: JASLEEN DUGGAL, MDSHERI HORN-BUNKNATESHA JOHNSON and DIANA MESTMAKER. Garden Pathways recognized these outstanding women at our seventeenth annual HIGH TEA  in 2019.

Thank you, Jasleen, Sheri, NaTesha, and Diana, for your exceptional community service and leadership.  Your efforts have made a positive and lasting impact on our community. You’ve inspired, mentored, and empowered others to generously serve our community and areas beyond.

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our High Tea 2019 sponsors!

Diamond Event Sponsor
R. S. Dezember Family
Gold Sponsors
Adventist Health Bakersfield
Aera Energy
BMW of Bakersfield
California State University, Bakersfield
Centric Health
Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center
Rick and Lorraine Davies
Dignity Health
Sal and Cynthia Giumarra
Congressman Kevin McCarthy
Taft College Foundation
Valley Children’s Healthcare

Silver Sponsors

Bakersfield College
Louis and Sheryl Barbich Foundation
California Resources Corporation
California Water Service Company
Empire Eye and Laser Center
Family Motors Acura
Karen Goh
Senator Shannon Grove
Christy Porter
S. A. Camp Pump & Drilling Company
Tel-Tec Security
Tran-West Security
Varner Bros., Inc.
Wellspring Personal Development

Bronze Sponsors

Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Mary Christenson, Realtor
Daniells, Phillips, Vaughan and Bock
Tom and Judy Eveland
The Garlic Company
Glentzer Group, Real Estate Services
Bob and Karen King
Gilbert and Elena Laroque
Mid State Development Corporation
Premiere Medical Group
Proforma Solutions for Printing/Beckie Diltz
Rabobank, N. A.
Jay and Rhonda Richmond
St. Francis Parish
Neil Sidhu
Michael and Nancy Turnipseed
Unitek College
Ray and Marlene Watson
Don and Connie Wattenbarger
Table Sponsors
Tom and Diana Mestmaker
Upside Academy, Inc.
Bank of America
Bank of the Sierra
Bolt of Hope
The California Endowment
California Board of State and Community Corrections
Capitol Network
Cassie Wright
Coca-Cola North America
Community Action Partnership of Kern County of Kern
Dignity Health – Bakersfield Memorial Hospital
Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation
International Game Technology
Kern Health Systems
Kern High School District
Latino Coalition for Community Leadership
Pacific Western Bank
Past Honorees

We were delighted to recognize Beverly Camp, Robin Fleming, Lili Marsh and Janis Varner as our 2018 “Women with a Heart for Bakersfield.” Friends, family, and colleagues celebrated their exceptional contributions to our community, along with the contributions of our past honorees.

A full house gathered at Seven Oaks Country Club to honor these women, to hear stories of mentoring transformation, and to raise support for Garden Pathways mentoringtraining, and education programs.

Our past honorees include these amazing women in our community.  Click on the names for bios.

Kim AlbersMarissa AmadorBrooke Antoninoni, Sheryl Barbich, Beverly Beasley Johnson, Karen BrownCathy ButlerMary Bynum, Izetta Camp, Irma CarsonIrma CervantesNancy Chaffin, Esther Chapman, Audrey ChavezMary ChristensonEdna CornforthHolly CulhanePeggy Darling, Joan Dezember, Beckie DiltzKate EucceAnnie EverlyCaren Floyd, Chris Frank, Olivia GarciaSheryl GeisbrechtCynthia GiumarraBarbara Grimm-MarshallSusan HandyAnn HansenSusan HersbergerCynthia IcardoVirginia KirschenmanPauline LarwoodLori MalkinRobin Mangarin ScottJudi McCarthyColleen McGauley, Billie Jo Medders, Dayna NicholsDenise OrnelasNaina Patel, M.D.Barbara PatrickKay PittsCynthia PollardChristy PorterWendy PorterJeanette Richardson ParksRebecca Rivera, M.D.Norma Rojas-Mora, Sunny Scofield, Sandra Serrano, Mary K. Shell, Susie Small, ​Danielle Wade, ​Tracy Walker-Kiser, Lueether Ward, Connie Wattenbarger, Wendy Wayne, Katie WerdelDolores “Dee” Whitley, and Betty Younger.


2017 Honorees: Edna CornforthKate EucceOlivia Garcia, and Katie Werdel

2015 Honorees: Irma CervantesNancy ChaffinNaina Patel, M.D.Wendy Porter

2014 Honorees: Brooke AntonioniCynthia PollardMarissa AmadorCynthia Giumarra

2013 Honorees: Sheryl GiesbrechtDolores “Dee” WhitleyCaren FloydDenise Ornelas

2012 Honorees: Kay PittsColleen McGauleyAudrey ChavezBarbara Grimm-Marshall

2011 Honorees: Lori MalkinRobin Mangarin-ScottMary ChristensonMary Bynum

2010 Honorees: Susan HersbergerDayna NicholsKim AlbersCathy Butler

2009 Honorees: Susan HandyBetty YoungerSusie SmallChristy Porter

2008 Honorees: Annie EverlyJudi McCarthyKaren BrownConnie WattenbargerAnn Hansen

2007 Honorees: Tee Daniels (mentor honoree), Irma CarsonPauline LarwoodPeggy DarlingJeanette Richardson-ParksRebecca Rivera (missing in photo)

2006 Honorees: Beckie DiltzSandra Serrano (represented by her daughter), Barbara PatrickVirginia KirschenmanHolly Culhane