Spirit of Portland Awards


September 13, 2011

For immediate release

CONTACT: Brian Hoop, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, 503-823-3075, brian.hoop@portlandoregon.gov

Spirit of Portland awardees to be recognized at East Portland Community Center on October 27

From 90 nominations submitted by the community, a selection committee has selected the 2011 Spirit of Portland awards. The awardees will be recognized by City commissioners at the 26th annual event on Thursday, October 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Ave, near Mall 205, next to Floyd Light Park. A reception with cake and beverages will follow the awards presentation.

“The Spirit of Portland awards are a wonderful tribute to the many amazing community and neighborhood leaders who contribute to our thriving civic life in the City of Portland,” says Commissioner Amanda Fritz, commissioner-in-charge of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Awards were determined by a selection committee of representatives from the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the Neighborhood District Coalition offices, Business Associations, diverse non-profit community organizations and past award winners. In addition, the Mayor and each commissioner have recognized individual and organizational leaders.

Nominees were evaluated in each of the following areas:

  • Participation in outstanding projects
  • Enrichment of our community and neighborhoods
  • Providing a special service to the community
  • Demonstration of responsiveness, creativity and civic values
  • Raising cross-cultural awareness


The award recipients and the categories for which they are being honored are:


Organization: 11:45 Mobilizing the Church for Community Action Committee; Rev. Marcus Pollard, Dr. W.G. Hardy, Dr. Mark Strong, Pastor George Merriweather, Bishop Steven Holt, Rev. C.T. Wells


Commissioner Amanda Fritz:

  • Individual: Gil Frey
  • Individual: Senator Bob Boyer

Commissioner Nick Fish:

  • Individual: Tom Lewis
  • Organization: Amber Baker and the Village Market Team

Commissioner Randy Leonard:

  • Individual:Greg Madden
  • Organization: Timbers Army

Commissioner Dan Saltzman:

  • Individual: Michael Schrunk
  • Organization: Portland Police Bureau – Family Services Division


  • Business Association: 82nd Ave. Business Association
  • City Employee of the Year: Kent Powloski
  • Community Harmony: Opal Strong
  • Emergency Preparedness: Ed Rentz and Doug McCaouley
  • Emerging Community Leader: Erika Silver
  • Humanitarian: David Utzinger
  • Independent Spirit: Dress for Success
  • Large Business: The Standard
  • Neighborhood Association: Lents Neighborhood Association
  • Non-Profit Organization: Incight – Scott Hatley and Vail HortonOutstanding Partnership: Sgt. Willie Halliburton
  • Public Involvement: Jackeline Luna
  • Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship: Terri Preeg Riggsby
  • Small Business: Lents Common Coffeehouse (Ryan Cloutier & Alex Amen) and St. Johns Booksellers (Nena Rawdah)
  • Youth Volunteer: Oregon Dreamers


The East Portland Community Center is proudly hosting this community-oriented event in its gymnasium and looking forward to introducing the community to its many features, which include an indoor aquatics facility, full-size gym, fitness center, exercise studio, outdoor courtyard, transversing boulder wall, locker rooms and family changing rooms.

“I am especially pleased the Council ceremony will take place at the East Portland Community Center, continuing our new tradition of holding the event in different areas of our great city, in the evening to make attendance more convenient for working families,” adds Commissioner Fritz.

The facility is fully ADA compliant. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement will make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and/or language interpretation upon request.  Please notify us no less than five business days prior to the event by phone 503-865-2626, by the City’s TTY at 503-823-6868, or by the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900.

The East Portland Community Center is near stops for the following TriMet lines:  Busses 15, 20, 25 and 71, including the Blue and Red Max lines.

For more information contact: Office of Neighborhood Involvement, 503-823-4519, brian.hoop@portlandoregon.gov.


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