Annual event, sponsored by Chamber of Commerce, honors local citizens, businesses

COURTESY PHOTO: TIGARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Pride Disposal, a family-owned business based in Sherwood, won this years 2021 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year Award. From left to right are Kristin Leichner, Mike Leichner and Cindy Leichner.  The Tigard Chamber of Commerce will honor city businesses and individuals for their accomplishments in 2021 this Friday, April 30.

Because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Ceremony is set for live-streaming at 7 p.m. on both the Tigard Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page and on YouTube.

(The pandemic also caused the annual awards, which are normally held at the Tigard Embassy Suites in the spring, to be held virtually last fall as well.)

But just because the awards presentation will be held online, it doesn't mean guests viewing the event can't celebrate in style. DeAngelo's Catering will offer VIP box dinners — which includes a spinach and fresh herb-stuffed chicken breast with velouté sauce as a main entree — for pickup at the chamber on Friday. Appetizers and to-go cocktails will be available as well.

One top award winner this year is Jason Rogers, who was named Tigard's 2021 First Citizen, an annual honor that "recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community."

Rogers has long history of giving back to the community. He previously served in a volunteer position as EMS representative on the Behavioral Health subcommittee for Washington County's Vision Action Network. "Jason Rogers has been making an impact in the Tigard community for more than 19 years," the Tigard Chamber of Commerce stated in a news release.COURTESY PHOTO: TIGARD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Jason Rogers was named Tigards 2021 First Citizen, an annual honor that recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community.

He has also served on the Summerlake Homeowners Association and has been a member of Tigard Parks and Recreation Board, serving at one point as its chair.

"Some of the things Jason assisted with during his time on the board was revisioning Tigard's Parks System Master Plan and led two bond measures resulting in Tigard voters approving a $17 million parks bond," the Chamber added. "He also assisted with the acquisition of the Summer Creek Park, Potso Dog Park and the Sunrise property."

An active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America since 2007, Rogers also served on the Tigard Planning Commission and Washington County's Suicide Prevention Council.

Another top award, the 2021 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year Award, has been given to Pride Disposal.

The award "recognizes a chamber business that has made in-depth contributions to the Tigard community." The family-owned, Sherwood-based business has provided recycling and garbage service to the Sherwood, Tigard and various Washington County areas since 1986.

"Pride Disposal & Recycling is dedicated to being a good neighbor and an active member of the communities they serve," the news release stated. "They have been community event supporters for events such as the Sherwood Robin Hood Festival, the Sherwood Community Services Fair, the Tigard Balloon Festival, the Sherwood Community Services Fair, the Tigard Balloon Festival, Tigard-Tualatin Relay for Life sponsors and donors, Christmas tree collection events for regional Boy Scout troops and many more."

Hosting an annual holiday drive, Pride also selected Tigard's Good Neighbor Center a recipient of 2020 donations, and the business donated socks and pajamas to the Tigard Caring Closet in 2018.

The other following awards and their winners will be presented Friday night:

n Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Marcia Solberg. Solberg is a relationship marketing specialist with Send Out Cards & Greener Still.

n Tigard Chamber Young Professional of the Year: Ethan Frelly. Frelly is a lead buyers agent with Beltran Property Groups/eXp Realty.

n Tigard Shining Stars "From the Heart" Volunteer of the Year: Adrian Hinckley. Hinckley is a local business owner and community activist.

n Tigard Youth Volunteer of the Year: Emilio Calderon. Calderon is the Tigard City Council's youth councilor.

n Tigard Shining Stars Scholarship Awards: Alexander Hernandez-Botello, Tigard High School; Devon Padilla, Tualatin High School; and Isabelle Ford, Tigard High School.

For more information regarding the Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Ceremony, visit

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