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September 18, 2013

Main Street Duncan hosts annual banquet

DUNCAN — The theme was “Sweet,” and the decorations consisted of candy, cakes and balloons.

For those supporting the Main Street Duncan program, the “sweetest” moments were those consisting of Main Street Duncan Director Tammy Johnson recognizing those who have gone above and beyond to make the program a success.

The Main Street Duncan program held its annual banquet to recognize outstanding volunteers and participants in the program, while working to increase the number of donors in the program.

Johnson said there are 113 donors (what used to be known as “members”) to the Main Street Duncan program. She said those supports have helped set Main Street Duncan in the Top Three Main Street programs for the state.

Among those recognized for supporting the Main Street Duncan program was the City of Duncan, who has been supporting the program since its inception 27 years ago. Johnson said not every Main Street programs have the support Main Street Duncan has through the City of Duncan.

“We’re lucky to have the city’s support,” Johnson said. “There are other Main Street programs that are not so lucky. Pauls Valley is struggling.

Other entities recognized for 27 years of support for the Main Street Duncan program were First Bank and Trust, IBC and BancFirst.

Four awards were also given during the event. Those awards included the Premier Partner Award, the Volunteer Award, the Board Member of the Year Award and the Bobby Richardson Community Spirit Award.

The Premier Partner Award was presented to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Department for its contributions through clean-up efforts, painting curbs, hanging and taking down Christmas lights, car show banners, and car show goody bags.

“This is becoming an annual thing,” Johnson said.

The volunteer of the year was Vance Wilcox for his help through street closures and car cruise hamburgers. Johnson said Wilcox was always willing to stay longer to help get things done.

“A man like Vance would give the shirt off his back,” Johnson said.

Mary Black was recognized as the board member of the year. Johnson said Black helps with everything Main Street Duncan does and is always visible on Main Street.

This was also the first time the Bobby Richardson Community Spirit Award was given out without Richardson being present. He died July 3.

For Johnson, this was an emotional award to present and even shed some tears while explaining all Richardson meant to the Main Street program.

“Every time Bobby came to the Main Street office, he was whistling,” Johnson said. “I heard someone whistling the other day and immediately thought of Bobby.”

The award was presented to the Foster family, which consists of Larry, Debra, Jason and Christina Foster. Johnson said the Foster family’s contributions went beyond Main Street, spreading throughout the City of Duncan.

“They do so much that you don’t know,” Johnson said.

After the award was presented, Larry Foster made a few remarks to the crowd.

“We try to be very committed to Main Street,” Foster said. “It’s our responsibility to give back. We do what we can behind the scenes; apparently, that didn’t work.”

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