The Kegley Institute of Ethics announces the Wendy Wayne Awards Dinner - Community members to be honored for Exemplary Ethical Behavior

As Greek philosopher Aristotle would say, “educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” This notion personifies the value system of the late Wendy Wayne and the legacy she has left on the Bakersfield community. In recognition of their ethical values and humanitarian efforts, the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSU Bakersfield and Dignity Healthcare will be commemorating Wendy Wayne and Victoria Scoggan at their annual Wendy Wayne Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 2 at 6pm at the Bell Tower Club, 1200 Truxtun Avenue, Ste. 100.

Affectionately known as the ‘Mother Teresa of Bakersfield’, Wendy Wayne was a pillar of strength, courage and morality for her community. Her commitment to improving the lives of the children of Kern County is one of Wayne’s most memorable traits. She tirelessly devoted her life to leaving the world a better place, a philosophy revered by all who knew her. Wayne was also an alumna and esteemed faculty member at CSUB. For these reasons, Wendy is being posthumously awarded the institute’s first Adult Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Wayne personified the qualities we seek in awardees," said Dr. Christopher Meyers, executive director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics. "Although she passed on far too young, her accomplishments, her profound commitment to improve the lives of others, and her dedication to ethics, represent exactly the right role model for the rest of us."

Her husband Gene Tackett will be accepting the award on her behalf.

Kern Valley High School student Victoria Scoggan will be receiving the Institute’s first ever Youth Award for her extraordinary work with her peers. Scoggan’s effort to educate her fellow students on bullying prevention and coping has made a fundamental impact on the community in which she lives.

“Victoria goes far and beyond the call of duty in everything she does,” said Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Garcia. “She has spoken to me numerous times about bullying prevention and has helped youth who have fallen victim to bullying and who have had thoughts of suicide. She goes out of her way to reach out to students being bullied and was instrumental in helping convince some students to have hope, to not see suicide as an option."

Deputy Garcia will present the award to Ms. Scoggan and her family.

The deadline for purchasing tickets is Wednesday, May 1st at 9am.  For tickets or more information about the event, please visit or call 661-654-3149. Dignity Healthcare has provided major funding for this event.

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