The Community Council's Founders Awards

The Community Council's Founders Awards were first awarded in 2011 to recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have made contributions to the overall quality of life in the neighborhood.  The awards are presented each year during the week of the Halloween Festival. 

This year we honor Judy Crawford. Paula Nicewanger, and Ethel Winslow (owners and publishers of The Weekly View), Jan DeFerbrache (owner of The Magic Candle and director of Gaia Works Food Pantry), Kent Hankins and Bill Aughe (community activists), Mike and Mary Lee Spilbeler (community activists and owner of the Irvington Picture Frame Company).

The Council would like to thank the Irvington Picture Frame Company, Laura Hildreth and the Irvington Historical Society for making the afternoon possible.

Sue Beecher presents award to Kent Hankins and Bill Aughe
Ethel WInslow, Judy Crawford, and Paula Nicewanger
Council member Robert Uhlenhake (L) presents a award to Mike and Mary Lee Spilbeler.
Council member Charles Miller presents award to Jan DeFerbrache
2018 Group photo of latest and previous Founders Award recipients from Left to Right: Jack& Dawn Nelson, Larry & Kathleen Tindall, John Mervilde, Kathleen Angelone, Stan Denski, Laura Mervilde, Sue Kennedy, Ed Myers, Carol & Bruce Gable, Dawn Briggs, Sue Beecher, William Gulde and Paula Schmidt. 
2011 - Awards were presented to The Legend restaurant and to John and Laura Mervilde for their restoration of the Davidson House on Lowell.
2012 - Awards were presented to Bruce Gable of Irvington Terrace and to Brian and Emily Mack for the restoration of their historic home on N. Hawthorne.
2013 - Awards were presented to Ed Myers, Rosemary Spalding and to Dufours Restaurant.
2014 - Awards were presented to The Irvington Historical Society, Dawn Briggs, and Snips Salon.
2015 - Awards were presented to Marty Powell, The Garden Club, and Guitar Town.
2016 - Award presented to Paula Schmidt.
2017 - Awards presented to the Irvington Public Library, Sue Beecher, and William Gulde.
2018 - Awards presented to the Jack & Dawn Nelson, Kathleen Angelone, Larry & Kathleen Tindall, and Stan Denski.
2019 - Judy Crawford, Paula Nicewanger, and Ethel Winslow (owners and publishers of The Weekly View), Jan DeFerbrache (owner of The Magic Candle and director of Gaia Works Food Pantry), Kent Hankins and Bill Aughe (community activists), Mike and Mary Lee Spilbeler (community activists and owner of the Irvington Picture Frame Company).
Nominations for the award are accepted from any neighborhood resident at anytime.  The winners are selected by the members of the Irvington Community Council at the beginning of June.

Previous Founders Awards

Kathleen Angelone (L)
Larry and Kathleen Tindall
Stan Denski
Jack and Dawn Nelson
Sue Beecher
Sue Kennedy
William Gulde
Dawn Briggs
Bill Shaefer
Marty Powell
Bruce Gable
Rosemary Spalding

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Sue Beecher

Dawn Briggs presents a 2017 Founders Award to Sue Beecher (R).