"Celebrate Parsons" Banquet Honors Real-Life Heroes

The banquet tables were packed with people enjoying a delicious meal prepared by the Tuscan Grille.

The banquet tables were packed with people enjoying a delicious meal prepared by the Tuscan Grille.

More than a hundred people gathered in the First Baptist Church gymnasium on Sunday to celebrate the people who work hard to make Parsons a better place.  For many, it was a moving tribute to the real-life heroes in our midst who so often go unrecognized.

Master of Ceremonies Jane Barb, a member of the Parsons City Council, started things off with a look back at life in Parsons long ago.  She got the crowd laughing with a few stories from her rich collection.

Dr. Kolsun and Master of Ceremonies Jane Barb.

Dr. Kolsun and Master of Ceremonies Jane Barb.

Dr. Cynthia Kolsun, ON TRAC Liaison, presented the awards.

Dr. Cynthia Kolsun, ON TRAC Liaison, presented the awards.

Dr. Cynthia Kolsun began the awards presentation by recognizing new Parsons business owners as "PRO PROfessionals."  She also recognized the members of Parsons City Council, as well as Mayor Dorothy Judy, recorder Connie Collins and city administrator Jason Myers.

New Parsons businesses recognized were Buttercup Bakery, DJ Logistics, The Paint Store, Piccolo Paula's Caffé e Pasticceria, Purnell's Computer Repair, S. Carr Logistics, and the Tucker Country Inn. 

Left to Right: Bill Davis and Warren Judy (DJ Logistics), Scott and Sara Carr (S. Carr Logistics), Kim Delsignore (Tucker Country Inn), Jon Bush (Piccolo Paula's).

Dr. Kolsun then presented the following awards:  

Distinguished Senior Citizen - Bessie Pennington
Most Courageous Parsons Resident - Jaelyn Myers
Firefighter of the Year - Kevin White
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year - Bill Rowe
Volunteers of the Year - Jane and Bud Parsons
Employee of the Year - Crystal Nelson
Entrepreneur of the Year - Warren Judy
Business Person of the Year - Debbie Stevens
Celebrate Parsons Person of the Year - Jason Myers

A silent auction featuring local artwork, crafts, food, and other items raised money for PRO ON TRAC's revitalization efforts, which include renovating downtown buildings, surveying vacant and dilapidated buildings, and planning a pocket park and mural.