The Tigard Chamber of Commerce will honor its best and brightest Friday evening, April 29, during its Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards presentation.
Among those honored will be former state Rep. Margaret Doherty Tigard, who will receive Tigard's First Citizen award, and Broadway Rose Theatre Co., which has been named Tigard Chamber Business of the Year.
Doherty, who formerly represented Oregon House District 35, was selected based on the award's criteria of someone who has made in-depth and long-term volunteer contributions to the community over the years.
"Margaret Doherty has been making impacts in the Tigard community for more than 20 years," stated a news release from the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. "As a former teacher, Margaret is very passionate for public education and the importance of good education. She has brought that passion into her volunteerism."
Doherty, who spent 11 years representing Tigard and Southwest Portland residents in the Oregon Legislature, has been a board member of Tigard High School's Tigard Turns the Tide for the last two years. Previously, she served on Tigard's planning commission for eight years. She has volunteered at the Tigard Public Library for more than two decades.
Broadway Rose, founded and run by Sharon Maroney and Dan Murphy, was selected as the Tigard Chamber Business of the Year award based on the in-depth contributions the theater has made to the community as well as being active, involved, interested and enthusiastic about making the city a destination.
"Broadway Rose Theatre Company is one of Oregon's premier musical theater companies," the news release stated. "They have been producing professional musical theater in the Tigard area since 1993 and (have) earned national recognition for its commitment to artistic excellence and new work development."
Both Maroney and Murphy have been active in the community, with Maroney serving as artistic director at the theater and Murphy as managing director.
Murphy, who was named First Citizen in 2016, has been on the chamber's board of directors for more than eight years and was knighted by the Royal Rosarians in 2015.
Other Tigard Shining Stars awards and winners this year include:
• "From the Heart" Volunteer of the Year: Bill Gerkin, who volunteers at the Tigard Senior Center and has served with Meals on Wheels People for 30 years. A member of the King City Lions Club since 1997, he also volunteers for Just Compassion and Bethlehem House of Bread.
• Tigard Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Tom Markgraf, director of government relations for TriMet. Markgraf chaired the Tigard Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs & Public Policy Committee in 2018, growing that committee from a three- to four-member committee to 10.
• Tigard Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Tanya Christensen, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Bain, she is one of a volunteer group that manages weekly chamber gatherings including networking, speed networking and a holiday happy hour.
• Tigard Young Professional of the Year: Dr. Whiney Green Bautista, who holds a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Owner of Whitney Green Acupuncture, she served as president of the Tigard Noon Rotary Club in 2019-2020 and was named one of Portland Monthly's Top Docs in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Friday's Shining Stars Community Awards event, which is sold out, will be livestreamed from Embassy Suites Washington Square on the chamber's Facebook page beginning at 5:30 p.m.
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