And the Diamond Award goes to…
November 13, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
NEW — 11 p.m. Nov. 13, 2013
The 2013 Newcastle Chamber of Commerce’s Diamond Awards ceremony was all about the glitz and glamour, as the annual community celebration switched to an evening affair Nov. 13.
Several outstanding community members walked away with the coveted award, in a night dedicated to recognizing the people that go above and beyond in their dedication to the city.
Regency Newcastle’s Paul Reynolds received the business award, given to an owner or manager of a Newcastle business who donates time, energy or resources for community causes.
Newcastle Trails’ Jim Price, a member of the city’s Community Activities Commission, received the top honor in the community leadership category. This award is given to an individual who demonstrates uncommon initiative and caring, setting an example in the community.
Lea Lo, the director of Cornerstone Studio, won the education award, given to an individual whose personal interest affects education and development of greater Newcastle area students.
Coal Creek Family YMCA’s Akina Moscinski earned the customer service award, given to an employee that shows an uncommon enthusiasm and commitment that enriches the community.
Local youth Jon Fortescue and Madeline Dalton were co-winners of the evening’s youth award, given to a young person who demonstrates exceptional service and dedication to the community.
Finally, the name of the award that is given to an individual who inspires and motivates others in the community was officially rebranded as the Dennis Yarnell/Inspiration Award.
Yarnell, the popular owner of the Newcastle Shell station, died Feb. 2. He began working at the station in 2000 and purchased it from its previous owner in March 2007.
The first award was presented to Yarnell’s wife, Elizabeth J. Widseth and his son, Trevor H. Yarnell.
The recipient of a Diamond Award is chosen based on his or her contribution to the community of the greater Newcastle area. Winners and nominees demonstrate dedication, integrity and caring, with a passion for doing what needs to be done.