These honors were presented Friday at the Celebrate Corvallis event:
First Citizen (Ages 42 to 65): Marc Vomocil has kept busy with several endeavors throughout the decades, such as chair of the Corvallis Community Christmas Parade for the past 10 years, board member or president of the Parent Education Program against child abuse for 27 years, and a member and volunteer for the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo for the past 20 years.
Future First Citizen: Kelsey Dody, a National Honor Society president, cofounder and conductor of the Crescent Valley High School Jazz Ensemble, youth leader at Northwest Hills Community Church and a youth soccer coach.
Junior First Citizen (Ages 18 to 41): Tyler Childers, a founding member of After Five Rotary Club, founder and co-race director of the Corvallis Half-Marathon, board member of the Vina Moses Center, among other volunteer endeavors.
Senior First Citizen (Ages 66 and up): Al Hutchinson has been a community volunteer for more than 35 years, serving on boards of more than 30 Corvallis nonprofits, such as his local Rotary club, CASA, the OSU Educational Foundation, Trillium Family Services and Habitat for Humanity.
Jim and Ruth Howland Special Achievement Award (three honorees):
• Skip Rung, who has played a key role in developing startup businesses in the mid-valley as founder and director of Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, or ONAMI. He also is vice chairman of the Corvallis Economic Development Commission.
• Cliff and JoAnne Trow were honored for their public sector and legislative leadership, community volunteerism and investment and support of the local arts and culture scene. JoAnne joined student affairs staff of Oregon State University in 1965, and was OSU’s last dean of women and its first female vice president. Cliff served in the Oregon Senate for 28 years, from 1975 to 2003, and was a professor of history at OSU for 31 years.
Patron of the Arts: Charles Creighton, who founded the Corvallis Youth Symphony Association in 1982.
Community organization/Non-profit of the Year: Benton Hospice Service, which offers end-of-life care for terminally ill patients, as well as services for their families and caregivers.
Good Steward of the Planet: Republic Services, a waste management company that provided Corvallis with Oregon’s first curbside recycling, curbside yard debris and food waste programs.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Nicholas Fowler, whose Corvallis-born start-ups — Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Northwest Medical Isotopes, TryEco, and ZAPs Technologies — employ 50 people.
Business of the Year: Peak Internet, an Internet service provider founded in 1986 at Oregon State University that provides free or discounted services to more than 120 nonprofits, and supports the community through sponsorships of various causes.
Robert C. Ingalls Business Person of the Year: Elizabeth French, vice president and area manager of CH2M Hill. French chairs Corvallis’ Economic Development Commission, serves on the city’s Budget Commission and is a board member of the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation.