The main man

Bobby Richardson, right, talks about an item up for bid, as Shawn Lockstone shows the item off. Main Street Duncan had its annual membership banquet Tuesday at First Christian Church.

Petula Clark’s “Downtown” played on repeat over the speakers during Main Street Duncan’s annual membership banquet Tuesday night at First Christian Church.

And while the event plays host to Duncan’s downtown business crowd, it really was about recognizing the people who help keep the historic business area attractive and interesting.

Tammy Johnson, Main Street Duncan Inc. director, was on hand to help present the awards, including the Main Street Hero Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Jim and Donna Bishop received the Main Street Hero Award for their contributions to the program since Johnson became the director. Additionally, Johnson gave Jim an award called “We’ll Leave the Light on for You,” which was further recognition of Jim’s willingness to help, including lending a building for the Main Street Farmers’ Market.

The most important and special award of the evening was the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which went to Richardson for donating more than 4,000 hours of volunteer time during his lifetime.

“It’s kind of overwhelming, really,” Richardson said.

“You don’t realize all the time you’ve put in at the time. It’s really nice to have your own town recognize you.”

He said the event went well and, because of the people involved with Main Street Duncan, the program was doing well, too.

“The more people you involve, the more it does work,” Richardson said. “It keeps the town going.”

This year’s theme was “Downtown for All Seasons” and 73 people reserved a seat at the banquet to enjoy the food, awards presentation and an auction.

Johnson said the meeting was important because of the recognition and socialization of its members.

“We don’t want people to feel that the only time we see them is once a year when they pay membership dues,” Johnson said.

The banquet is a way to recognize members of the program as well as serving as a fundraiser for the Main Street Duncan program. It included an auction of donated items.

One of those items generated a hefty bid. The Duncan Monopoly-type game, which featured landmarks and businesses of Duncan open in 1985, went for $500.

Richardson said the event was an example of how the Main Street merchants cared about the organization.

“It’s really a good program,” Richardson said. “It’s all local money, and all local support. I think it was well represented and well attended. If they weren’t interested, they wouldn’t be here.”

While the auction was a big boost to the financial side of the Main Street Duncan program, the evening’s awards ceremony focused on member morale.

Platinum, gold and silver membership status awards also were presented. The City of Duncan was the only member to have a platinum membership because of the amount of financial support given by the city.

Several people, including Johnson’s husband, Roy, took home the Presidential Service Award for volunteering more than 50 hours to Main Street Duncan.

The Duncan Banner received the Media Sponsorship Award.

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