Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

February 14, 2013

Main Street awards still sweet

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — A strict budget situation for Main Street Pauls Valley has meant readjusting their total community reach, but there is still an effort there to acknowledge everyone who has helped them out along the way.

One such push for gratitude is the Sweet on Main Street Awards Reception, set to make the annual rounds Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., and while Robb has to trim features from that as well, she is not going to forgo what is nonetheless well deserved recognition. The biggest item not to be featured this time around is the banquet part, and is being replaced with refreshments in an overall theme of slimming things down for 2013.

“This year’s a little harder, so we’re starting a little later in the evening… we’re streamlining the event and not make it quite as long an event,” said Robb, who is also cutting out the bingo to keep the event short. “That’s the big word for 2013, streamlining.”

Working with that theme, the event will also double as an open house for their office at the PV Arts and Cultural Center on the corner of Paul and Walnut streets since they haven’t had the opportunity to host one after moving in during late 2012, said Robb. Cutting the big meal also prevents the community cause from having to charge to sell tickets for the event and will keep it free for anyone who wishes to attend.

Features guaranteed to return this year is a slideshow presentation of Main Street’s past year of activities and events as well as an announcement of how some of those factored into 14 entries for this year’s state awards, said Robb. The hope is that at least a few of those will be final nominees come March and follow-up honors like a special award they received last year for their involvements in Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.

However, being award night it comes down to those who have given either directly to Main Street or contributed to Pauls Valley in ways that might not be noticed on the surface, said Robb. For donors there is both the Smith Paul Donor award for someone who has given anywhere from $1,000 to $2,400 and the Smith Paul Preservation award for donations $2,500 and above.

The rest of the awards given out this year are for board member of the year, volunteer of the year, business partnership, business of the year, Main Street Hero, premier partner, best facade restoration, green thumb, welcome to the neighborhood and the special service award.

“It’s our night to say thank you, our night not to recognize Main Street, it’s to recognize the people who help Main Street with our mission…We’re so very thankful for them,” said Robb. “It’s not just the obvious donations we are recognizing... There are also awards for those people who have helped in some way or another without any expectations and maybe even knowledge that they’re going to be recognized, It’s kind of our living thank you card.”

The public can even get involved in making the evening a blast by either donating their culinary snack skills or bringing something to be entered in the silent auction that will also be held, said Robb. She added that it would be helpful if people called the Main Street office to RSVP no later than Monday, Feb. 25, that way they know how many refreshments to have ready and they can be reached at 405-238-2555.

“We want it to be more about an enjoyable, fun, simple evening,” said Robb.