A number of CPA volunteers were recently recognized by CPA societies in California and New York.

A Sunnyvale, Calif., CPA who volunteers much of his time to aid firefighters is the recipient of the California Society of CPAs' 2005 Public Service Award. In 1969, Leonard W. Williams, who works in private practice, founded the Fire Associates of Santa Clara Valley, which provides support services, including water and food, for local firefighters, EMS personnel and victims at the scene of fires. Its 34 members respond to about 72 fires a year. Williams also has volunteered his CPA skills to the Mission Valley Fire Associates, and has donated many hours to charities benefiting burn victims.

Additionally, Irvine, Calif.'s Harold Schultz was awarded the 2005 Distinguished Service Award by CalCPA. A partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Schultz was recognized for his contributions to the profession, including his efforts as vice chair of CalCPA's Government Relations Committee to ensure a fair regulatory environment.

And in New York, Paul Battaglia, of Batavia's Battaglia, Andrews & Moag, was selected as the recipient of the 2005 Community Builder's Award in recognition of his exemplary charitable board leadership in more than 30 different capacities with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including several area hospitals and groups providing children's activities.

The award is co-sponsored by the Council of Community Services of New York State Inc. and the New York State Society of CPAs, and is named after Michael Urbach, a former board president of the council. Battaglia will receive the award at the CCSNYS annual meeting on Oct. 5.

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