Downtown Award Winners Announced

SIX INDIVIDUALS RECEIVE DOWNTOWN AWARDS AT ANNUAL MDA BANQUET;
SUSAN HAY PATRICK NAMED CEDERBERG DOWNTOWNER OF THE YEAR

Twenty-one individuals and businesses were nominated by members of the Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) last month for six special awards given annually by the non-profit, business association to recognize the good works that benefit Downtown Missoula.

The award winners were announced at the MDA Awards Banquet Wednesday night at the Doubletree Hotel.

The Downtown Employee of the Year was awarded to Trey Eure, who works at the MSO Hub, the Missoula Osprey and Jimmy John’s. Other nominees were Forrest Bougher, Runners Edge; Carey Davis, ATG; Troy Lorenz, Top Hat Lounge and the Wilma; Bob McGowan, Rocky Mountain School of Photography (RMSP); and Laval Means, City Development Services.

The Board Member of the Year was awarded to Bob McGowan. McGowan is in his second year on the MDA Board, chairing the Downtown ToNight Committee and serving on the committees for both Winter & Garden City BrewFests. Other nominees were Ellen Buchanan, Missoula Redevelopment Agency; Josh Eder, S.G. Long; and Kim Klages-Johns, MSO Hub and Missoula Osprey.

The Committee Member of the Year was given to Dalene Withycombe, who has served on the Out to Lunch Committee for more than 25 years. Other nominates were Anita Edwards of Opportunity Bank of Montana for her work on Festival of Trees and Roots Fest; Chase Jones, City of Missoula Energy Conservation Director, and Bram Moore, former MDA volunteer and current employee, for their contributions to Roots Fest; and Emy Scherrer, City Historic Preservation Officer, for her contributions to the development of the Unseen Missoula program last year.

The Downtown Volunteer of the Year Award went to Anita Edwards and Kristen Wood, who volunteers for the Roxy, the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, and the Missoula Symphony. Both have contributed significant donated time to building a better community through program development and delivery, community outreach and engagement.

The Downtown Business of the Year was awarded to Dick Anderson Construction. Anderson Construction has several major Downtown development projects, as well as the Russell Bridge project. Other nominees were Conflux Brewing Company, Ninja Mike’s and Runner’s Edge.

The most prestigious award – the Dan Cederberg Downtowner of the Year – was given to Susan Hay Patrick, CEO at United Way of Missoula County. Hay Patrick has been at the helm of several initiatives to build a stronger and healthier community, including the ZACC Campaign Committee, Missoula Health Initiatives, and the campaign for suicide prevention. Other nominees were Bob McGowan, RMSP, and Ed and Leslie Wetherbee of the Old Sawmill District.

“Downtown Missoula is a vibrant, healthy, beautiful and successful city center because of the people,” said Linda McCarthy, Executive Director of the Downtown Missoula Partnership. “This year we had a record-number of individuals who were nominated, and they are all deserving of recognition. It’s people who make Downtown Missoula such an amazing place, and we are so grateful for the contributions of many.”

The six awards were announced and presented at the Missoula Downtown Association Awards Banquet Wednesday night at the Doubletree Hotel, where nearly 250 individuals heard Jason King of Dover, Kohl and Partners talk about what makes a great Downtown and what sets Missoula apart from other communities. Members also ratified the new officers for the MDA Board and recognized Trent Baker, attorney at Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind, for three years of serving to the board.

MDA officers for 2019 are:

Tom Snyder……………………….. Five on Black……………………………………………. President

Bob McGowan……………………. Rocky Mountain School of Photography……….. Vice President: Advocacy

Aimee McQuilkin………………… Betty’s Divine………………………………………….. Vice President: Marketing & Events

Ellen Buchanan…………………… Missoula Redevelopment Agency……………….. Vice President: Master Plan

Josh Eder…………………………… S.G. Long………………………………………………… Vice President:  Membership

Brooke Redpath………………….. METTLE Marketing Solutions………………………. Past President

Rachel McDonough……………… MOFI……………………………………………………… Treasurer

 

For more information or to set up an interview, contact the Downtown Missoula Partnership via phone (406-543-4238) or email ([email protected]).

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