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First Citizen Awards to be presented Feb. 17

The annual “celebration of Silverton’s amazing volunteer spirit” will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 in The Oregon Garden’s J. Frank Schmidt Pavilion, 879 W. Main St., Silverton. The event showcases what’s special in the Silverton community and the impact volunteerism can have in a small town.

Honorees for 2023 include:

Laura Wanker – First Citizen

John Friedrick – Distinguished Service

Don and Debbie Bennett and The Home Place Restaurant – Judy Schmidt Lifetime Achievement 

Silverton Sidewalk Shindig – Club or Service Group of the Year

Willamette Valley Bank – Business of the Year

The evening, organized by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Willamette Valley Bank, includes dinner and award presentations. Tickets are $45 and are available at www.silvertonchamber.org. Click on the Events tab and Feb. 17 or call 503-873-5615.

Profiles of the winners will appear in the Feb. 15 edition of Our Town.

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