Virtual Shining Stars Awards gala set for Oct. 23
While it won't be possible to award the businesses and residents who have made significant contributions to the city over the last year in person, the Tigard Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure they don't go unrecognized.
To that end, the annual Shining Stars Community Awards event will be live-streamed at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 on the Tigard Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page, as well as its YouTube channel.
Jessica Love, the chamber's community and membership engagement coordinator, said the chamber initially hoped that the pandemic would be over if they pushed the date of the event — it's usually held in April — further ahead. Unfortunately, that plan didn't work out.
The streaming event will be held with participants broadcasting it from Broadway Rose Theatre Co.
"Dan Murphy's going to be our emcee," said Love, referring to Broadway Rose's well-known managing director. "That will be live, and we'll bounce it to a (previously taped video) recognizing our award winner, and then we'll bounce it back to him."
And while the awards dinner, an affair typically held at the Tigard Embassy Suites, is a no-go this year, that doesn't mean those watching at home won't have access to a fancy meal.
"We're still doing the dinner through DeAngelo's Catering," said Love. The Southwest Burnham Street business is featuring a menu that includes an apple sage stuffed chicken breast with cider glaze and sautéed apple garnish, olive oil and garlic roasted potatoes, and a mixed spring salad with house dressing. It can be picked up from the catering service.
While Love said while she will miss the live portion of the event, she's excited to test out the new awards format and hopes everyone will feel the same way.
"I know that I'm still going to get dressed up, even though I'm going to be sitting behind a computer the whole entire time," she said. "We still have the opportunity to recognize, and it will still be a fun opportunity for the community to come together and really appreciate Tigard and the volunteers who make it a great place."
Among the top awards is Tigard's 2020 First Citizen award, which "recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions."
This year's winner is Phil Pasteris, a 42-year resident of Tigard. Over the years, Pasteris has volunteered for such organizations as the Tualatin Valley Community Band, Tigard Old Fashioned Fourth of July Fireworks, the Tigard Public Library and the Tigard Historical Association.
Since 1998, the Tualatin Valley Community Band has hosted free concerts for Tigard residents. Pasteris is currently the band's president.
"A colleague of Phil said he is 'dedicated and extraordinary people connector with an unselfish and boundless energy and enthusiasm for bringing the Tigard community together,'" the chamber noted in a news release.
Beach Hut Deli has been named the 2020 Tigard Chamber Business of the Year because of its extensive contributions to the Tigard community.
"From opening day, Chris Haedinger and his team at Beach Hut Deli have been making an impact in the Tigard community through sponsorship, donations and volunteerism," Debi Mollahan, the chamber's chief executive officer, wrote about the winning business. "Chris has been a supporter of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce not only by being a member, but by also being a sponsor for several annual events, including Tigard Bowl-O-Rama, Tigard Farmers Market Farm to Table Dinner and past Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Gala."
Other winners include: Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year, Joan Edgell; Youth Volunteer of the Year, Brandon Liang; "From the Heart" Volunteer of the Year, Martha Worley; and Volunteer of the Year, Tom Engel.
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