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David Aldridge receives prestigious Tigard's First Citizen Award during annual Tigard Chamber of Commerce event

COURTESY OF JESSICA GUBUAN/BRIDGETOWN PICTURES - David Aldridge was named Tigard's First Citizen during the annual Tigard Shining Stars Community Award Gala held Embassy Suites.David Aldridge was named the recipient of Tigard's First Citizen Award Friday night during the annual Tigard 2019 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala held at Embassy Suites. The event is presented by the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.

Among other attributes, the First Citizen Award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years.

Aldridge's contributions to the Tigard community have covered a wide range of activities and organizations including the Good Neighbor Center, Tigard CERT, St. Anthony Severe Weather Shelter, the American Red Cross, Coffee Creek Women's Correctional Facility, the Pumper Car, church and general community service.

"All of these areas of volunteerism have a common theme of helping those in greatest need," Emcee Dan Murphy told the audience. "(Aldridge) has selflessly given thousands of hours of service across our community."

His volunteer efforts have included staying once a week as an overnight host at the Good Neighbor Center, a homeless shelter for families where he sleeps on the couch to ensure the safety and security of the families living there. He has served on the shelter's board for the last six years.

In addition to being a member of the Tigard Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for over 10 years, Aldridge has donated the 96 pints of blood over his lifetime.

Aldridge also serves as a volunteer staffer for Saint Anthony's "severe weather shelter" for the homeless, often helping to stay overnight (and more) as a volunteer host. Though not a member of the Catholic Church himself, he believes in what St. Anthony's is doing and has given countless hours over last five years in support of their work on many occasions.

"That's very humbling and I appreciate the opportunity to serve," Aldridge said when presented with the award.

Aldridge, who oversees an addiction recovery program at Coffee Creek, says he tells the female inmates that most of the 2,500 inmates will leave the facility trained in criminality and addiction practices.

"But you, the ones in front of me at this meeting – we have between 10 and 20 ladies in our addiction recovery meetings – you have chosen to otherwise. You will go out there changed, because you have chosen to change, not only in your practices but in your very nature."

Aldridge was awarded the Tigard Shining Stars "From the Heart" Volunteer of the Year award in 2013.

Other awards and their winners included:

• Pride Disposal & TACC Scholarship: Rachelle Diaz-Boyas, Jennifer Hernandez-Botello and Enrique Marshall

• Metro West Ambulance Scholarship: Sydney Oleson

• Tigard's Jim Nicoli Youth Volunteer: Chloe Skinner

• Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Tina Loveless

CEO Shooting Star: Dennis Conzzoca, DC

• Bert Tousey-Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Ethan Frelly

• William R. Haas Chamber Executive of the Year: Debi Mollahan

Tigard's Jim Hartman "From the Heart" Volunteer: Toraj and Irene Khavari

Tigard Chamber Business of the Year: Edge One Media (Megan and Nicholas De Salvo)

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