The annual awards gala showcases Hillsboro's best and brightest, with awards for outstanding volunteers, businesses, students and non-profit groups.

NachtigalHillsboro City Councilor Fred Nactigal has been named Hillsboro's citizen of the year, two years after his wife received the same honor from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

Nachtigal was one of several winners announced during Thursday's annual Hillsboro Awards Gala, held Thursday, May 18.

The yearly awards are meant to highlight outstanding Hillsboro residents, businesses and nonprofits that make a significant difference in their community. The Distinguished Citizen award is the highest honor the Chamber bestows and is presented each year to a member of the community who has provided outstanding service to the Hillsboro area over the years.

An avid volunteer, Nachtigal has received certificates of appreciation from then-Governor Barbara Roberts and the Washington County Commission for his work in the community. He has served on the boards of several local nonprofit groups, including Tualatin Valley Mental Health (now Lifeworks), Youth Contact and Tuality Hospital, where he currently serves as chairman of the board.

A lifetime member and past president of the Hillsboro Optimist Club, Nachtigal is also a member of the Hillsboro Rotary and served on school board of Valley Catholic High School, in Beaverton.

"Fred is a very generous person in all aspects of his life. If he commits to something, he is 100 percent there," said Deeana Palm, president of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. "His word is his bond."

Nachtigal is an attorney, and served as judge in Hillsboro's municipal court. Nachtigal has provided pro bono legal work to numerous foundations and organizations across the area.

"Fred strongly believes he should give back to the community to help it be the very best place to live, work and raise a family," Palm said.

Nachtigal easily re-elected to the Hillsboro City Council in November.

Nachtigal's wife, Gayle Nachtigal, was named the Chamber's citizen of the year in 2015. Gayle Nachtigal was a Washington County Circuit Court judge for 22 years before she retired in 2013.

The annual award was known for years as the Emma C. McKinney Distinguished Citizen award, named after the longtime publisher of the Hillsboro Argus newspaper, which officially shut down production in March.

Nachtigal's award was one of two kept secret until Thursday's ceremony. At the gala, Lithex Printing owner Les Davis received the Chairman's Award.

Davis has owned the company since 1973, and regularly provides support for the Hillsboro Community Foundation and the Glenn and Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center.

His in-kind contributions have also benefited the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, local Rotary clubs, Jackson Bottom Wetlands, the Hillsboro Hops, Western Farm Workers Association, KUIK radio station, the Oregon International Air Show, the Hillsboro Library Foundation and the Make a Wish Foundation, among others, Palm said.

Davis is the former chairman of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce's board of directors, and served on the Chamber's finance and political action committees, as well as the developer's and manufacturer's round tables, and the small business council.

Davis also serves on the Hillsboro Community Foundation Board, a Citizens Advisory Panel for Intel, the Washington County Business Council, CEO Guild of Portland, Century Blvd. Business Owners Assoc., Hillsboro Downtown Property Owner's Association, Printing Industries of America and the National Association of Printers and Lithographers.

Other honorees included:

Special Merit Award: Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Port of Portland, which operates the Hillsboro Airport.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Bryan Welsh with Moments in Time Photography, who serves on several city committees and advisory councils and volunteers as photographer for the Oregon International Air Show and other events.

Philanthropic Leadership Award: Scott Eisenstein and Kelly Ritz-Eisenstein, supporters of several local organizations, including the Hillsboro Community Foundation.

Robert R. Herb Leadership Award: James Gleason, pastor at Sunrise Church who expanded the church's congregation and outreach into the community.

Organization of the Year Award: Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace, which regularly brings thousands to downtown each summer.

Business of the Year Award: Hutchins TV & Appliance

• Public Safety Professional Award: Storm Smith, retiring public information officer with the Hillsboro Fire Department.

Distinguished Youth Award: Ashwin Datta, a 4.0 GPA student at Glencoe High School headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall to study aerospace engineering.

Agricultural Achievement Award: Eshraghi Nursery, which provides plants for the Washington County fairgrounds, holds an Easter egg hunt and creates Christmas wreaths every winter.

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