Sherwood celebrates its best and brightest
A who's who of Sherwood attended the Sherwood Area Chamber of Commerce Spotlight on Sherwood's MVP Awards Dinner on Feb. 24.
The event attracted a huge crowd to the Tack Room, located above the recently minted Langer's Entertainment Center.
The event, with Kate Noreen as master of ceremonies, featured award nominees in several categories, including Business Leader of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Alongside Noreen at center stage for presentations were Corey Kearsley, chamber executive director, and Rebecca Fairbanks, chamber board president.
The event kicked off with nominees for Large Business of the Year, a category that honors a large business that employs more than 10 people, demonstrates successful business practices and supports and engages in civic activities. The honor this year went to MudPuddles Toys & Books. The other nominee was Evergreen Gas Heating & Cooling.
"They (MudPuddles) are a wonderful local success story," Kearsley told those in attendance.
Up next was Small Business of the Year, which recognizes businesses employing fewer than 10 people. The 2020 winner was Rallison Cellars. Rallison is a boutique winery focusing on single-vineyard red and white varietals from the Northwest. Other nominees in this category: Bumble Bee Preschool, Gardner Team Real Estate, HoopSwagg, Industrial Sales and Mud Bay.
Rookie of the Year honors this year go to Langer's Entertainment Center.
"The opening of Langer's Entertainment Center was a highly anticipated event all around the city," Kearsley told the crowd. "It's a huge investment physically and financially. It also celebrates the history of Sherwood."
Matt Langer thanked the crowd.
"I certainly feel like a rookie this year," he admitted. "Welcome to our new, fun and exciting venue and we look forward to sharing plans for phase two."
Those plans, according to Langer, will include a ninja warrior obstacle course, rooftop seasonal dining, bocce ball and mini-golf, as well as indoor high speed electric race karts. Anticipated construction would happen next year, with completion by 2022.
The other nominees for Rookie of the Year were Meraki Fitness, Evergreen Gas Heating & Cooling, All American Cleaning Services and Cupcake Couture.
Turning to Citizen of the Year, the 2020 MVP winner is Tim Rosener, currently a Sherwood City Council member. The award goes to an individual who is active in the community, who demonstrates exceptional ethics, provides leadership and is a role model for others. Wendy Wells was also nominated in this category.
After the ceremony, while mingling with guests at the event, Rosener responded, "What a wonderful night. It's great to be honored with this award. We have a wonderful community in Sherwood. It's just a privilege to be a part of it."
Next on the program, Suzanne Gilmer took the top honor in the Commitment to Youth category. This award is presented to a citizen or group that demonstrates a commitment to youth in the community through volunteering efforts, service and leadership.
Kearsley noted Gilmer's contributions include Camp Fire leader, MOMS Club, Helping Hands, Christmas shopper for kids and senior center server. Other nominees were Tiffany Levine, Sheri Gillum and the Sherwood Center for the Arts.
The organizer of Sherwood's annual and highly popular Give n' Gobble Thanksgiving event, Cindy Aggson, won the Outstanding Community Service Award.
Give n' Gobble was founded by Aggson in 2007 when there were about 500 participants. Today, over 2,000 participants take part and 150 volunteers help the cause. To date, it has raised nearly $400,000, with proceeds going to the Helping Hands Food Bank and the Backpack Meals for Kids program.
Aggson was honored to receive the award.
"I am so humbled to be recognized for this," Aggson said. "I couldn't have done this by myself."
Rounding out the other nominees for Outstanding Community Service: Dick Niswonger, Renee Brouse, Maria Quinones, Lana Painter, Roxanne Scholten and the Sherwood Police Department.
The Golden Apple Award is presented to an educator who has shown involvement in the community and is a mentor of children. The 2020 award was presented to Teresa Swake, a teacher at Sherwood High School who is noted for providing personal attention in group settings. Other nominees were Katie Locke and Yvonne van Andel.
The 2020 Outstanding Youth Award went to David Dresser. Dresser helps the community in part by volunteering with Helping Hands. He is also a role-player for scenario-based training for the Washington County Sheriff's Office Tactical Negotiations Team.
Next on the program was Team Parent of the Year. This year's winner is Diane Foster. Foster has an eighth-grader who plays girls basketball. The other nominee was Stephanie Charters.
2020 Coach of the Year honors went to Greg Lawrence, varsity football coach at Sherwood High School.
Speaking to the audience, Lawrence said, "I'm very honored to receive this award. I've been very fortunate to be in this community. Sherwood is awesome. We've had great parents, great students, great players. Being here for 30 some years and coaching here for 30 some years has been tremendous for me and my family."
Taylor Hill was also nominated.
Wrapping up the program, Kearsley and his fellow presenters awarded 2020 Business Leader of the Year to Lana Painter, former executive director of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce.
Asked about her award, Painter said, "It was definitely an honor. Corey has done a really good job at continuing to lead the chamber in a really positive direction."
Mayor Keith Mays was among the crowd at Langer's Entertainment Center and enjoyed what he saw.
"What a night," Mays said. "A wonderful venue. Wonderful nominees from the community — business leaders, community leaders. I can't believe the difficulty in picking individual winners — lots and lots of fun."
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