Awards celebrated best neighbor, student, athlete
THE MID-COUNTY MEMO
The house was packed.
The audience was filled with anticipation.
The 2005 Mid-county Memo Community Awards, celebrating the best and brightest in Mid-Multnomah County.
On Tuesday, May 10, held at the Gateway Elks Lodge the gala event, which one person attending said was, a gathering of good-hearted people.
Master of ceremonies for the event was Anna Song, reporter and anchorwoman with KATU-TV, and a former Mid-county Memo Community Awards winner. Also on hand to help present the awards was Oregon State. Rep. Jeff Merkley, who represents District 47.
Major sponsor of the event was MBank.
In returned nomination ballots, Mid-county Memo readers bestowed honors upon special people and organizations in Mid-Multnomah County who deserved recognition.
Each of the 17 categories featured a plaque winner as the person or organization singled out as the best in the category. Certificate winners were also awarded in each category.
Heres who won:
The category of Student of the Year was sponsored by the Parkrose School District. Certificate winners were Linh Bui and Rebekah Thompson. The plaque winner was Ron Linn.
The category of Employee of the Year was sponsored by the Danna Brothers Elmers Restaurants. Certificate winners were Leann Rowlett of Rossi Farms and Pat Dragowsky of City Home Improvement. The plaque winner was Teresa Hatfield of the East Portland Neighborhood Office.
In the Religious Leader of the Year category, the sponsor was Rossi Farms. Certificate winners were Florence Lersch of New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and Father Jack Mosbrucker of St. Therese Catholic Church. The plaque winners were Rev. Bill Taylor and Rev. Yoon Cho, co-pastors of New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
The Agri-Business of the Year category was sponsored by Stewart & Tunno Insurance. Certificate winners were Joe Rossi of Rossi Farms, and Angelique Kauffman. The plaque winner was Al Garre of Garre Farms.
The Special Commendation award, sponsored by Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel, were as certificate winners Clare and Sharon Mershon. The plaque winners were John Thompson and Bob Walker, both of the Portland Fire Bureau.
Jon Turino of Farmers Insurance sponsored the Artist of the Year category. Certificate winners were Ron Linn and Deshante Bolds. The plaque winner was Dorothy Beal.
Sponsor for the Athlete of the Year was Argay Square. Certificate winners were John Carpenter, Vroman Willingham and Charles Harris. The plaque winner for Athlete of the Year was Lynzy Klein.
The Senior Citizen of the Year category was sponsored by Russellville Park, formerly named Courtyard at Russellville. Certificate winners were Betty Riley, Richard Robb and Teena Ainslie. The plaque winner was Tom Knight.
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