The 2013 Ocean Beach Town Council Awards Dinner was held at Shades Oceanfront Bistro on Tuesday, October 15th. To recognize community contributions and persons making a difference in OB, the Council presented “Obie” Awards to the following persons and entities:
Raglan Public House for their organization of multiple community benefit events, include the End of Summer Clean Up.
Katy Stockinger for painting the guard rails at the entrance of OB with an ocean wave mural.
PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH:
Photo Charity for their outreach work to local homeless youth.
Surfrider Foundation for their efforts to keep our beaches and ocean pristine and free of debris and pollution.
Dog Beach Dog Wash for their ongoing work to beautify Dog Beach through monthly beach cleanups.
Ocean Friendly Gardens for implementing a program in Ocean Beach to prevent urban runoff and help restore urban watersheds
GARDENS AND PARKS:
OB Lifeguard Statue and Byron Wear for the creation of a new piece of public art that honors and commemorates our lifeguards.
Greg Crowley for creating the Clean Streets Initiative that identifies and removes graffiti through community cleanups
Shamrock Foods for donating major provisions of our OB Food and Toy drive that helps feed more than 80 local families and seniors in need during the holiday season.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR:
Gary Gilmore of Gilmore Family Jewelers for countless years of community service and contributions toward the betterment of Ocean Beach. Earlier this year, Gary was instrumental in negotiating with the owner of the vacant Apple Tree lot to open it back up for parking, which has been a boon to our local businesses and farmer’s market.
The evening also culminated in many recognitions of Dave Martin’s community contributions and volunteer service. Dave retired from serving as President the OBTC Board of Directors. Councilmember Kevin Faulconer and Supervisor Ron Roberts declared October 15th to be Dave Martin Day and Gary Gilmore Day!
Other local elected officials, including Interim Mayor Todd Gloria, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins, attended the dinner to honor and congratulate our awardees. A special thanks to OBTC Boardmember Trudy Levenson and retiring OBTC Boardmember Nancy Vaughn for organizing such a wonderful event!