The Favazzo/Jeswald Founders Award was established in 1997 after the passing of Ben Favazzo Sr. and Patrick Jeswald (Both in 1996). They are credited with starting the Festival in 1959, hence the name "Founders Award". The criteria for the award are simple. The award is presented to a person who has unselfishly committed his or herself to the well being, planning and success of the Festival. The recipients are chosen by a committee made up of Carnation Festival Board members.
Favazzo-Jeswald Founders Award Winners 2021: Ben Favazzo 2020: Covid 2019: Sue Grove 2018: Marikay Colbert 2017: Dan Hurford and Gary Barnes 2016: Esther Whiteleather 2015: Jennifer Crist 2014: John Gross 2013: Missy Miller 2012: Chris Brown 2011: Wanda Chidsey 2010: Keith Brill 2009: Nancy Waffler 2008: Gordon Harrison 2007: David Peterson 2006: Mary Anne and Jerry Burke 2005: Rich Duro 2004: Dan Skivolocke 2003: Steve Clunk 2002: Gene Grubb 2001: Judy Carr and Jeff Hartzell 2000: Curt Fahnert 1999: John Benincasa 1998: Jimmy Korleski 1997: Elvin Barnett
*In 2020 the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival was cancelled due to the global Coronavirus pandemic and social-distancing guidelines.