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Spotlight shines on Salem Volunteers
Capi Lynn | Statesman Journal

The city of Salem relies heavily on the time, talents and energy of volunteers, with more than 6,537 volunteers contributing more than 185,766 hours of service this past year.

Some of the most generous individuals and groups were honored Monday, Sept. 21, during the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Celebration at Salem Public Library.

TJ Sullivan received the Willard C. Marshall Special Citizen Award, given to the volunteer who has contributed the most to the city during a given year. Sullivan, a past member of Salem city council, is currently active in the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties and Salem Alliance Church. He also serves on the board of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Travel Salem, and this past year led the Blue Ribbon Task Force on a new police facility.



Henry Fuqua received the city's other top volunteer award, the Vern Miller Key Citizen Award, given to an individual for outstanding long-term service. Fuqua has been a faithful public servant for many organizations, including the Salem Police Department for more than 30 years.




Salem Mayor Anna Peterson and city councilors presented the awards, which celebrate the efforts of volunteers to help improve and              promote Salem.



A special guest from New York attended the event and accepted one of the city's At Your Service awards on behalf of 'The Rachel Maddow Show,' which put Salem on the map after an owl attack in January at Bush's Pasture Park. Allegra Flores, a member of the show's staff, is the artist who created the 'attack owl' sign. Sales of the sign have raised more than $16,000 for the Salem Parks Foundation.


Other award recipients:

At Your Service Awards: Lois Alexander, circulation Salem Public Library; Barry Bolliger, greens keeper Cascades Gateway Park disc golf course; Char Mitchell, Center 50+; Lindsey Walker, Salem Public Art Collection; Kirsten Straus and Sean Edging, Grant Neighborhood Association; Allegra Flores, Attack Owl Sign artist.

Distinguished Project Award: Salem Public Library Foundation, Salem Library Advisory Board and Friends of Salem Public Library, for children's area renovation Mayor's Merit Award: John and Susan Gallagher, and Leilani Slama, for High Street Hustle.

Louck's Business-Government Partnership Award: Douglas W. Doty and Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty, for Roth and McGilchrist building renovation Outstanding Neighborhood Associations: The Northeast Neighbors (NEN) and Southeast Salem Neighborhood Association (SESNA); North Lancaster Neighborhood Association Salem Spirit Award: Patty Tipton, Lansing Neighborhood Association Youth Achievement Award: Rick Retzman, CARECorp

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