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Pat Saunders Volunteer Award

Tue, Dec 20, 2011

Patricia (Pat) Saunders was presented with the 2011 and first-ever “Pat Saunders Volunteer of the Year Award” at the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association’s (ADHDA) annual meeting on Friday, December 2.

Pat lived in Astoria for a short time, but made a huge impact on our community. She shared her resources generously, giving financial contributions to more than 20 local organizations, and dedicating countless hours of service to non-profit organizations. She was an avid supporter of, and volunteer with, United Way of Clatsop County, the Astoria Music Festival, and ADHDA. To ADHDA alone, she contributed approximately 200 hours per year. She served ADHDA as a board member and treasurer until she passed away last July.

After the shock of Pat’s passing subsided, ADHDA leaders immediately began thinking of ways to properly honor her. The group thought about a bench, a plaque or some other marker in a physical and visible place, but then asked, “What would Pat say about us spending money to memorialize her?” She would say we should be spending our money to further the work of our organization.

The board decided there would be nothing more fitting to honor Pat than to establish an annual award in her name. This award, the “Pat Saunders Volunteer of the Year Award,” will be presented each year at ADHDA’s annual meeting to recognize someone who upholds the ideals, enthusiasm, energy, and selfless generosity that Pat showed to us.

If you have any questions please contact Downtown Coordinator Blaire Buergler at 503.791.7940 or

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