On Jan. 29, members and volunteers of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) met at Buoy Beer Co. to honor and celebrate the volunteer spirit of downtown Astoria with its 3rd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Night and Awards Ceremony. ADHDA’s awards and accomplishments of 2014 were made possible by the dedication of its volunteers, particularly the 45 volunteers who give monthly as members on the board and committees. With new projects, fundraising events, and abundant activities, ADHDA’s Organization Committee hosts an Annual Appreciation Night and Awards Ceremony to thank the numerous volunteers, who collectively gave more than 4,500 hours to ADHDA last year.
Special recognition was given to: Felicia Struve for her keen attention to detail and passion for reviewing the annual budget; Diane Berry for her care and attention to
downtown, and her wonderful flower donations to the Business
Development Committee's Welcome Wagon; Brad Johnston for his continued support of ADHDA and our events; Brett Estes for his guidance and support throughout the years; Linda Dugan for generating brilliant ideas; Becky Johnson for her energetic and outside-the-box ideas; City Lumber for their continuous support during the PNW Brew Cup; and Merianne Myers for her diligent community service.
“The Pat Award,” which recognizes an individual with outstanding volunteer spirit, was awarded to Katie Murray for her social media savviness and contagious energy for all of downtown Astoria. The award was first given to Pat Saunders in 2011 to honor her generous and dedicated community spirit and enthusiasm for ADHDA. In her memory, ADHDA gives this award to the volunteer who has gone above and beyond in the past year. Past recipients have included Mary Ritter and Dan Bartlett.
ADHDA is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that encourages community involvement and investment in preserving the character of historic downtown Astoria while promoting its health and future. If you are interested in getting involved with or learning more about ADHDA, please visit our website at www.astoriadowntown.com or call 503.791.7940.