The Spirit of CCCT Awards (know as the Bernies) premiered in 2018 as a way for Chino Community Children's Theatre to honor excellence in production and performance. The awards are named in honor of Bernie Wolfswinkel, an early and long-standing supporter of both CCCT and CCT. Award recipients are selected by each show's cast, crew, and production team, as well as by CCCT's Board of Directors. There are eight award categories, including one director's choice award.
The first Bernie recipients were theatre founders Paul and Karen Larson, honored at an awards ceremony in October 2018. Also honored were Bernie Wolfswinkel with a special Inspiration Award, and Julianne Gallegos with a special Foundations Award. Ms. Gallegos is also an early and long-standing supporter of the theatre and the designer of the CCCT logo.