Oregon Shakespeare Festival employees named Citizens of the Year

After their efforts last summer to make sure the show went on after a failed beam closed the Bowmer Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival employees were declared Citizens of the Year Thursday night during the Ashland Chamber of Commerce's 105th Annual Dinner Celebration.

More than 200 guests were expected to attend the dinner, held at the Historic Ashland Armory.

Recognition was also given to businesses and organizations that helped OSF repair the theater and temporarily stage its plays in a large tent in Lithia Park, which it dubbed Bowmer in the Park: Steve Lawrence and Bob Mayers of Adroit Construction; Ashland City Administrator Martha Bennett; Mayor John Stromberg; Margueritte Hickman, of Ashland Fire & Rescue; Ashland High School; Don Robertson of the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department; Ashland Police Department; Ashland School District; Randy Cleveland of Marquess and Associates; Carolyn Lesley and Billy Thompson of Noel Lesley Event Services; and Southern Oregon University.

Other top awards included:

  • 2010 Food & Wine Classic Chef: Chef Chandra Corwin, Cucina Biazzi
  • Emerging Business of the Year: Mark Machala, chiropractic physician
  • Green Business of the Year: Ashland Food Co-op
  • Greeter of the Year: Steve Wilson, Ashland Insurance
  • Service Business of the Year: Camelot Theatre, Livia Genise
  • Retail Business of the Year: Tree House Books, Jane Almquist
  • Manufacturing Business of the Year: IPCO, Kurt Brombacher
  • Community Volunteer of the Year: Boy Scout Troop No. 112
  • Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Judy Pocan
  • Honorary Life Member: Bob Rasmussen

The president's gavel was exchanged from President Pam Hammond, co-owner of Paddington Station, to the incoming president, Lisa Beam, owner of Pasta Piatti & Sesame Asian Kitchen.

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