Friday, December 18, 2009
Downtown Impact Award winners named
Bryan Mayor Mark Conlee presented the 10th annual Mayor’s Downtown Impact Awards during a volunteer reception Thursday evening at the Brazos Center.
The Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award honors an extraordinary effort by an individual and/or organization to revitalize Historic Downtown. The award is sponsored by The Bank and Trust of Bryan, which donates $500 to the Boys and Girls Club of Brazos Valley in the name of the award winner. The actual award is provided by The Discount Trophy Group.
This year’s recipients are Kristy Petty, owner of The Village Café and Art 979, and Ray Jezisek, owner of the Brazos Valley Decorative Center. The winners were selected based on their enthusiasm for fostering a vibrant downtown community and their contributions to the downtown district.
“Kristy Petty has shown real enthusiasm for revitalizing our community,” Mayor Conlee said. “She got involved and has made a real effort to bring a unique product downtown.
“Ray Jezisek took an old building and turned it into something that won a statewide award, something that people notice when they pass by,” the mayor added. “He took pride in his property and made an investment, and the rest of downtown stands to reap a benefit from that.”
Thirty-five nominations for nine individuals and businesses were submitted this year.
Past recipients of the Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award include:
2008 – Peter and Tara Madden and Shawn Andaya-Pulliam
2007 – Papa Perez and Cindy Peaslee
2006 - Russell Bradley and Greta Watkins
2005 - John Hendry
2004 - Zane Anderson and Michael Schaefer
2003 - John Clanton and W.J. Bryan Partnership, LP
2002 - Caffe' Capri and Rami Cerone
2001 - EarthArt, Eric and Hazel Todd; Mrs. Edward (Pat) Hiler
2000 - Old Bryan Marketplace and Kay Conlee
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