D-backs CEO and President Derrick Hall has been named the 2012 recipient of the Goldwater Community Service Award and was recognized for the honor at the 29th Noche de Gourmet on Friday night in Phoenix.
The annual award, presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, honors a leader in the community "with a strong record of philanthropic involvement, professional success in their field of work and a desire to give back to the Phoenix area through serving on charitable and corporate boards and through public service," according to a D-backs statement.
"I am honored to be the first recipient of this prestigious award in a category where every nominee is truly deserving," Hall said. "The Active 20-30 Club is a distinguished philanthropic club that works hard to improve the lives of children across the Valley, and I am proud to represent and be recognized by such an illustrious group of individuals."
Hall serves as the chairman of the board for Valley of the Sun United Way, leads the Hunger-Free Communities Plan Steering Committee and is an active member of the Thunderbirds and Young President's Organization. He serves on a total of 27 boards.
Other nominees included Doug Ducey (Arizona Treasurer, former founder and CEO of Cold Stone), William Gates (Phoenix city councilmember and PING attorney), Jason Schechterle (founder of Beyond the Flames) and Hugh Smith Jr. (executive director of The First Tee of Phoenix).
p> Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.