Canyon’s best: Mike Long earns President’s Choice, community service honored

May, 2016 Posted in Community, People
Mike Long

Mike Long

By Mary Owen

Mike Long earned top honors as the North Santiam Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Choice award winner for his “endurance as a cornerstone and foundation of the community.”

“Mike Long is the backbone of our Chamber and has been the unwavering force behind the Youth Benefit Golf Tournament, which has helped countless students and youth groups in our area,” said Michelle Gates. “He has significantly changed the outlook of the Santiam Canyon through his work as a dedicated volunteer. He has also been dedicated to the Canyon Senior Center and serves as a respected council member for Mill City.”

Long and other winners were honored at the NSCC’s 2016 Santiam Awards Night on April 27 at the Santiam High School auditorium in Mill City.

Guest presenters were Marion County Commissioner Sam Brentano and state Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio). Performances were given by the Santiam Canyon Community Chorus and Santiam High School music students.

Also earning honors were:

Citizen of the Year, Hermann Frieden, for “generous artistic contributions to many local organizations.”

Business of the Year, Trexler Farm, for “longstanding support of local community causes and activities.”

Student of the Year, Lindsey Reeser, for “dedication to athletic, scholastic and volunteer endeavors.” 

Young Adult Citizen, Michelle Gates, for “total commitment to the Santiam Canyon and beyond.”

Non-Profit of the Year, Santiam Hearts to Arts, for “dedication to supporting arts in the Santiam Canyon.”

The 2016 Marion White Volunteerism Award recipient was George Long.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of $18,000 in youth scholarships and grants from the annual Youth Benefit Golf Tournament, organized by Mike and Jan Long and made possible by many volunteers. In 15 years, the tournament has raised and donated almost $150,000 to local and youth causes. The next tournament will be held Aug. 6 at Elkhorn Valley Golf Course.

The 2015-16 Youth Benefit Scholarship recipients were: Camille Dickey and Emma Van Veen of Regis High School; Abbie Lucas, Alexandria Hanna, Karina Velasco, Kalani Kliewer and Samantha Croff of Stayton High School; and Lila Kennedy, Rebecca Bright, Lindsey Reeser and Misty Hunt of Santiam High School. Eleven scholarships were awarded for a total of $6,500.

The 2015-16 YBGT Funding Assistance Requests went to: SCYFA for Missoula Children’s Theatre, $1,500; Santiam High International Club, $1,000; Mari-Linn fifth-grade outdoor school, $500; Santiam High Maker’s Club, $250; Santiam High Student Council Camp, $800; Santiam High track team, $150; Diamondback Clovers 4-H, $500; Eagles Halloween Night Carnival, $750; Lyons Public Library, $500; Santiam High Student Leadership Camp, $580; First Book, $500; Santiam High wrestling, $150; Santiam High boys basketball, $320; Santiam robotics program, $500; Santiam 7/8-grade baseball, $150; Santiam Elementary outdoor school, $500; Santiam High Huma-Shakespeare Festival, $500; Santiam High softball, $150; Mill City skate park, $750; Santiam High cross country, $150; Santiam Canyon Wyldlife, $500; Santiam 5/8-grade track, $150; Santiam Canyon Young Life, $500. The total amount given out was $11,500.

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