Jay Luque Award

Jay Luque Award for Outstanding Volunteerism

Since 2001, Academy of Friends has presented the Jay Luque Award in memory of Jay Luque, a long-time, dedicated gala volunteer. Jay’s beautiful spirit lives on through the annual presentation of this award that recognizes other volunteers who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to Academy of Friends. The award is accompanied by $1,500 grant to be given to a Bay Area HIV/AIDS organization of the award recipient’s choice.


The 2010 Jay Luque Award was presented to Deb Denison. After 30 years with Standard Oil (Prudhoe Bay Construction) and the City & County of San Francisco (Muni & DPT), Deb retired.  A year and a half later she decided to volunteer and the Academy of Friends was the first organization that came to mind.  She had attended the last 19 galas and underwrote as well. She walked in one day in January 2009 and never left!  Deb consistently works behind the scenes, doing whatever needs to be done. Her assistance and support AOF has been immeasurable particularly during the last year of difficult economic times.