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Now accepting 2019 Tigard Shining Stars Nominations

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The 45th annual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration recognizes and honors Tigard citizens who demonstrate excellence and community leadership in volunteerism, educational achievement and business. The fun, semi-formal dinner event and silent auction held at Embassy Suites Washington Square, celebrates our vibrant Tigard community and the individuals who make it so with awards, dinner and silent auction. 

Awards include the Jim Nicoli Youth Volunteer Award, John E. Cook Tigard’s First Citizen, a “From the Heart” Volunteerism Award (in honor of Jim Hartman), $3,000 in scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and Chamber awards for Chamber Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Ambassador of the year.  

This is the chance for Tigard residents to recognize, celebrate and say thank you to the people who work so hard all year long to enhance the community that we live and do business in and truly make Tigard “A Place to Call Home”. Nomination criteria and form download links are outlined below.

Tigard’s First Citizen –

Named in honor of John E. Cook, this award recognizes someone who has made in-depth, long-term volunteer contributions to the Tigard community over the years. The winner is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making Tigard a nice place to live and work. This individual excels in any area of unpaid endeavor of education, social services, youth work, and community improvement of public services. This award is given in the spirit of all volunteers who remain unknown. The recipient joins the ranks of those previously honored in continually striving to improve the Tigard Area.

From the Heart –

This award honors a person who has dedicated their time and energy to a specific cause in the Tigard community.  Jim Hartman set the standard for this award by his example of giving from the heart to his community.  This person gives willingly, energetically and consistently.  This person might be well known or might be a “quiet” volunteer, unrecognized until now, but always gives “from the heart”!  This person may have worked on the same project for many years. 

Tigard Youth Volunteer Award – 

This award is given in honor of former Mayor, Jim Nicoli, who passed away in 2000.  His dedication to the youth of our community was a fitting way to honor his name and award a youth in our community who volunteers to make a difference.  Many young people in Tigard are active in volunteer efforts and it is our pleasure to acknowledge their contributions of dedication, energy and community spirit.  They are the future!  

Tigard’s Chamber Business of the Year –

This award recognizes a chamber business that has made in-depth contributions to the Tigard community through their business. The winner is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about continuing to make Tigard a destination of choice for local business. Nominee must be a chamber member in good standing.

Outstanding Chamber Volunteer 

This award honors a Chamber member who has volunteered many hours of time, talent and energy to the success and growth of the Tigard Chamber.  Bert Tousey and his example of Chamber volunteerism is commitment at its best.  This person is an example of an active member who has sustained their efforts on behalf of the Chamber over a long period of time.  By their efforts, they have made this organization more effective in serving the Tigard community. 

Ambassador of the Year

Being an Ambassador for the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce is no small task!  The Ambassador of the Year Award should be presented to a volunteer who significantly affects a positive perception of the Chamber through active participation, an optimistic attitude and solid business practices.  The recipient is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making the Tigard Chamber a great organization to be a part of!

Any individual or organization can make a nomination with the exception of Ambassador of the Year. All Nominations are due by March 1, 2019.   

Thank you for supporting the 

2019 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala 

May 3, 2019, 5:30-9 p.m. being held at 

Embassy Suites – Washington Square

with your nominations.  If you have questions or need assistance please contact us at 

Jessica@TigardChamber.org or call 503-639-1656. www.TigardChamber.org.

Steve DeAngelo Named 2018 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year

Steve DeAngelo has been selected as the 2018 Tigard Shining Stars “From the Heart” Volunteer of the Year, named in honor of Jim Hartman.  Jim Hartman set the standard for this award by his example of giving from the heart to his community, and the “From the Heart” award honors a person who has dedicated their time and energy to a specific cause in the Tigard community.  This person gives willingly, energetically and consistently; they might be well known or might be a “quiet” volunteer, unrecognized until now, but always gives “from the heart”!  This person may have worked on the same project for many years.Steve DeAngelo has spent hundreds of hours of volunteering and playing a vital role in the revitalization of Downtown Tigard in a variety of roles. As the President of the Tigard Downtown Alliance an all volunteer led non-profit focused on the revitalization of Downtown Tigard, Steve has brought together key stakeholders from the city, community and businesses to help grow and revitalize Downtown Tigard. Under his leadership the TDA: Founded and organized itself with Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation in 2014 Organized, applied for and received its 501 c (3) status in Feb 2016 Applied for and received a $52K WCVA grant and raised $9.5K in private funding to design, purchase and install new Main Street décor and functional elements like the hanging glass baskets, bike racks, bike fix stations, additional benches and the cross-street banner system. Applied for and received a $5K Metro grant for a SubUrban Art project as part of Artwalk 2015, which won an Oregon Main Street Award. Continued and has grown three major community events; Street Fair, Trick or Treat Main Street and Holiday Tree Lighting leveraging Steve’s event planning experience. Has used the Oregon Main Street 4 Point Approach with their efforts of revitalization and are recognized as an Exploring District.  One of the elements of this approach has been an annual stakeholder tour to other performing downtown districts to take away ideas that could benefit and be implemented in Tigard. Toured the Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls which gave the TDA some vision for what could be in downtown as it relates to art. Steve used various connections made in that process and through Art Walk (a 4th annual event created by the TDA) to locate and install now 3 pieces of art on loan in the Downtown core, Peer at the corner of Burnham and Ash, Mobius next to Symposium Tigard/Tigard Chamber and an artistic Butterfly by Tigard Chiropractic. In addition to the above, Steve stays connected with Downtown Tigard property owners, building relationships and working with them on helping fill vacant store fronts and discussing mix of business to help with the revitalization of downtown Tigard.  Steve has continued to build relationships with the City of Tigard, the Oregon Main Street Association and other organizations ensuring communication of various grant opportunities that would benefit business and property owners, all focused on the revitalization of Downtown.  The most recent evidence of this is another application from the TDA for a WCVA Tourism Capital Grant for artistic interpretive elements along the future Tigard Street Heritage Trail.  Notice of award of this $35K grant was just received! Keeping his focus downtown, Steve has also been a huge long-term supporter of the Tigard Farmers Market. He has not only been a long-time patron but has been an adviser and advocate for the market. He has been a Friend of the Market for the last two years. He also helped with the advocating the new market location as a participant on the Advisory Committee and communication to Downtown Tigard businesses. Finally, he played a huge role in helping put on and cater the Tigard Farmers Market’s 1st annual Farm to Table Dinner this past year. By all his actions listed and other activities, Steve has a heart for the heart of Downtown Tigard! Please join us in congratulating Steve and thanking him for his service to our Tigard community.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2018 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala. The event will be held on Friday, April 27th from 5:30-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites – Washington Square, our event location host.  With a theme of “Masquerade”, this dressy themed dinner event includes dinner, silent auction, dessert dash, awards, and more. Tickets are $55/person.  Dress your best and join us to celebrate Tigard! For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at events@tigardchamber.org, or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org.

Marquesa Calderon Named 2018 Youth Volunteer of the Year

Marquesa Calderon has been selected as the 2018 Shining Stars Tigard Youth Volunteer of the Year, named in honor of former Mayor Jim Nicoli, who passed away in 2000. Mayor Nicoli’s dedication to the youth of our community was a fitting way to honor his name and award a youth in our community who volunteers to make a difference. Many young people in Tigard are active in volunteer efforts and it is our pleasure to acknowledge their contributions of dedication, energy and community spirit. They are our future!Marquesa attends the International School of Beaverton where she has maintained close to a 4.0 GPA. Outside of school, Marquesa is seen at many Tigard events. She is the current President of the Tigard Youth Advisory Council (TYAC). As President of the Tigard Youth Advisory Council, Marquesa has led service projects like serving dinner at the Good Neighbor Center, knitting scarves for needy families and lead Adopt-a-Highway cleanups on Main Street. She also volunteered at Trick-or-Treat Main Street and Holiday Tree Lighting in Downtown Tigard. This past March, Marquesa was one of the three Tigard Youth Advisory Council members that represented the City of Tigard as youth delegates at the National League of Cities Conference in Washington, DC. Marquesa is also a member of the Task Force For the Homeless and has been an active member of the Girl Scouts for the last 11 years. She is also on the varsity Lacrosse team at Southridge High School.  All in all, Marquesa volunteers 10-15 hours/week through her various activities. Please join us in congratulating Marquesa on this well-deserved award. Her award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2018 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala held on Friday, April 27th from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Embassy Suites – Washington Square, event location host. With a theme of “Masquerade”, this elegant event includes dinner, silent auction, dessert dash, awards and more. Tickets are only $55 per person. So grab your mask and come join us to celebrate Tigard! For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at events@tigardchamber.org or go to our website at www.Tigardchamber.org.

Jacob Pflug and Kevin Bates Named 2018 Tigard Chamber CEO Shooting Stars

Jacob Pflug and Kevin Bates, Owners of Symposium Coffee and Church Planters for Resonate Christian Church, have been named the 2018 Tigard Chamber CEO Shooting Stars. This award is given to recognize a member’s significant achievement/ assistance in the launch and implementation of a new program/ organization/ project within the Tigard Chamber that has greatly benefited the chamber’s brand, its members and its visibility.As not only a tenant, but also a partner with the Tigard Chamber, Jake and Kevin were instrumental in helping the Tigard Chamber of Commerce realize its vision of creating a new attractive space for chamber on the second floor of our building. From the very beginning, they offered help and assistance with the remodeling processes to help realize that vision as they are both a member and a partner who wants to see the Tigard Chamber be successful. Through their support we were able to remodel/ build out a space that represents our brand, give us a defined conference room space, as well as a functional open space to be used during other chamber events. Jake and Kevin’s volunteerism and skills helped us create a beautiful space while keeping an eye on our bottom line. Their efforts included, but were not limited to tear out, moving building materials, cutting and hanging drywall, installing flooring, etc. They easily spent over 100 hours or more working on the space alongside the chamber staff. We are truly grateful for all their efforts and assistance. We have realized a new space for the Tigard Chamber and its members that allows us room to grow, reflects our brand, enables both small and large meetings and unifies the chamber team. Join us in congratulating Jake and Kevin on this well-deserved award. Their award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2018 Shining Stars Community Awards Gala held on Friday, April 27th from 5:30-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites – Washington Square, event location host. With a theme of masquerade ball, this elegant themed event includes silent auction, dinner, dessert dash, awards and more. Tickets are only $55/person. So grab your mask and come join us to celebrate Tigard! For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at events@Tigardchamber.org or go to our website at www.TigardChamber.org.

Michael Carlson Named 2018 Shining Stars Ambassador of the Year by Tigard Chamber

Michael Carlson, Owner of Portland Badge and Sign Company has been named the 2018 Tigard Shining Stars Chamber Ambassador of the Year.  The Ambassador of the Year Award is presented to an Ambassador volunteer who significantly affects a positive perception of the Chamber through active participation, an optimistic attitude and solid business practices.  The recipient is active, involved, interested, and enthusiastic about making the Tigard Chamber a great organization!  The Tigard Chamber Ambassadors are a volunteer group of chamber members who manage weekly a.m. networking, Speed Networking and Holiday Happy Hour.  They extend the capabilities of the chamber to deliver services to members in addition to paid staff.  Without the Ambassadors, the chamber could not have the impact it does for its members.  Michael is a long tenured and well connected Ambassador for our team.  He has been reliable not only in his support for our weekly Good Morning Tigard events, where he is often the first to arrive, but is a regular participant at Good Evening Tigard events, Ribbon Cuttings, and many other area Volunteer events including Relay for Life. He has engaged and invited several new members into our Chamber.  Michael is a repeat sponsor for most Chamber Special Events, this year he set the bar for Raffle Prizes at Speed Networking and Holiday Happy Hour, helping our team meet and exceed our goals.  Michael consistently greets our members new and old with his great smile and genuine interest.  For all these reason’s and more he has earned this honor.  Please join us in congratulating Michael on this well-deserved award.  His award will be formally presented with other Tigard volunteer and business awards at Tigard’s 2018 Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration, held on Friday, April 27th from 5:30-9 p.m. at Embassy Suites – Washington Square, event location host. With a theme of “Masquerade”, this dressy themed dinner event includes dinner, silent auction, dessert dash, awards, and more. Tickets are only $55/person.  So dress your best and come join us to celebrate Tigard! For further details about Shining Stars, please contact the Tigard Chamber of Commerce at 503-639-1656 or at events@tigardchamber.org  or go to our webpage at www.tigardchamber.org