Sam Adams, the renowned Parker-area comedian and sports journalist, told a socially distanced crowd at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center Oct. 28 of his greatest achievement — as a …
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Young Woman/Young Man of Achievement:
Emily Byrd, Legend High School
Paul Mooney, Chaparral High School
Achievement in Service to Others
Jenny Brown, principal, Gold Rush Elementary
Tim Ottman, principal, Ponderosa High School
Achievement in Local Service to Others:
Diane Roth, board member and volunteer, Parker Task Force
Wesley Crespi, owner, Coffee Cabin
Steve Kascht, volunteer, Winter Shelter Network, Parker United Methodist Church
Edward “Chuck” Vogel, volunteer, Parker Task Force
Sabrina Ruiz, founder of Missing Mutt Detective Facebook group, Parker Police Department
Genese Sweeney, Parkinson’s disease, Parker Task Force
Michael King, branch volunteer coordinator, Parker Douglas County Library
Achievement as a Nonprofit Organization:
Karen Levine, Dalton’s Moon Foundation
Mountain Pine Woman’s Club
Willie Daniels, Shades of Blue
Sam Adams, the renowned Parker-area comedian and sports journalist, told a socially distanced crowd at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center Oct. 28 of his greatest achievement — as a 12-year-old sousaphone player.
Adams was a talented trumpeter when his music teacher assigned him the heavy, tuba-like instrument he knew nothing about. He eventually made all-city in his hometown of Cleveland playing the sousaphone in the high school marching band.
Adams delivered the keynote address to the annual awards banquet for the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker Oct. 28, recognizing Parker-area residents who have made an impact in their community.
Adams encouraged his audience to think of the nomination as an award itself and urged them to see their work in the community as its own reward.
“Those of you who have been nominated today, what you've done has touched somebody in a way that they nominated you. And for that, you should be proud,” Adams said. “We get awards, and our reward isn't necessarily what's given to us, it's what we give to others.”
The Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker Achievement Luncheon, originally scheduled to take place in April, was postponed to October due to COVID-19. Not every nominee attended. Those who did, with their families, wore masks and sat in socially distanced groups in the main theater of the PACE Center in downtown Parker.
The club honored 13 people with the CCVRC Light 'n' Heart Award. The award was divided into six categories, including “Young Woman/Man of Achievement,” “Achievement in Leadership,” “Achievement in Service to Others,” “Unsung Heroine/Hero” and “Achievement as a Non Profit Organization.” The ceremony ended with a special presentation for Chuck Vogel, the Parker man and dedicated volunteer who died in 2019 after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike.
Adams, a 2019 inductee to the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame and a revered, no-profanity comedian, delivered the keynote address with lighthearted anecdotes about his life and words of gratitude to the room of Rotary nominees.
“For all of you who are being recognized for what you achieved, whether you received an award, or you received the reward for being nominated, remember. 'A' — keep making goals; and 'B' — continue to give to others,” Adams said. “The recognition will come, and even if you don't win an award, you'll always be remembered for what you did for others.”
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