The definition of a keystone is “a central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together.” April 19, The Hub on Smith will honor four individuals for a lifetime of whole-hearted community service at the eighth annual Keystone Awards.
Throughout their lifetimes, these four fabulous folks have provided to our community clear leadership, guiding principles and endless energy. They have made indelible marks and have added unique layers to the central stone that makes Sheridan such a solid place to live. They join 23 past recipients over eight years for their faithful service to Sheridan.
This year the Keystone Awards will go to Bob and Rosie Berger, Jay McGinnis and Mary Jean Roush for being at the center of many projects and organizations that have benefited the citizens of Sheridan County.
The Bergers have played important roles in the Sheridan community for years. They have been business owners, volunteers, board members and much more. As the executive director of the Sheridan County YMCA for 40 years, McGinnis will long be remembered. Not only has McGinnis helped youth and adults succeed through programming, he has also supported numerous nonprofit agencies in Sheridan County.
Roush is the person who visualized and developed both the home care (now called Help at Home) and the Day Break programs at the Senior Center. Day Break remains the most successful adult day care service in the region — maybe in the country — because of Roush’s vision.
The list of their achievements is far too long for this article, so you will want to attend this distinctive awards ceremony to discover where else each of these honorees have given their hearts and energy.
As a further celebration of service, there are also six youth from all five Sheridan County high schools and Sheridan College. These individuals are nominated by school leadership to receive a “Keys to the Stone” award for demonstrating their excellent character and community participation.
This year, we recognize Olivia Thoney, Cheyna Bradshaw, Katelyn Abbott, Galen Kretschman, Rachel Jahiel and Róseborg Halldórsdóttir.
Thoney is an outstanding asset to the community. She has been hugely active in many philanthropic and school activities while maintaining a strenuous academic schedule.
Bradshaw is an all-around student, outstanding in every aspect. Her main goal is to be a positive influence with every project in which she is involved.
Abbott is a genuine, compassionate and kind person. She is a strong academic student with a solid work ethic.
Kretschman exemplifies personal character, productive involvement and a strong work ethic. He demonstrates this at school, in the community and on his family’s ranch.
Jahiel is a critical thinker and willing to go way beyond what is expected of her. She inspires her classmates to do the same and supports them with their school work.
Halldórsdóttir clearly demonstrates commitment to academic and athletic success. Her accomplishments, dedication and kind spirit promote the values and mission of Sheridan College.
These individuals are truly the foundation to carry on service to our community for many years.
The evening begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and then at 7:30 p.m. the show begins with introductions of the honorees, short videos highlighting their accomplishments and a short entertainment program. After the show, don’t miss the after-party at Frackelton’s.
Please plan on attending the annual Keystone Awards this year. Tickets can be purchased online at wyotheater.com or at the WYO box office. An evening at the Keystone Awards is a great way to celebrate Sheridan while supporting the services The Hub on Smith provides for seniors in our community. For more information, contact Rindy West, development director at The Hub on Smith, at 672-2240.
Dan Alsup is the marketing committee chair for the Keystone Awards.