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Old Town Cape, Inc. Announces Award Winners and New Board Members at Annual Dinner

Old Town Cape held its Annual Dinner on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau Event Center. Six awards were presented recognizing the outstanding volunteers, projects, business owners and residents who make the Old Town Cape district an increasingly attractive place to live, work and play.

Volunteer of the Year: Matt McDonald, Co-Pastor at City Church in Downtown Cape Girardeau was awarded Volunteer of the Year. This award acknowledges an individual who has contributed significant time and effort to Old Town Cape, Inc. by going beyond their duties to make an impact in fulfilling the mission of the organization. Matt began volunteering in 2013 when he joined the Organization Committee. He chaired the committee for two years and is currently still a member. He established the “Block Captain” program and started block competitions to build a sense of community among neighboring businesses.

Business Excellence: Mississippi Mutts at 609 Broadway received the Business Excellence Award. This award recognizes a strong downtown Cape Girardeau business that demonstrates good business practices, concepts of community involvement and strong support of downtown and the mission of Old Town Cape, Inc. On a regular basis, Mississippi Mutts sponsors activities and events that support the local community as well as drive traffic to neighboring businesses. A recent example is their Pay for the Pup Campaign which raised over $5,600. They are currently planning a Mardi Paws parade as a free community event.

Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation: Centurion Development LLC, Jason Coalter and Dustin Richardson, received the Judith Ann Crow Residential Historic Rehabilitation Award for the rehabilitation of 232 Good Hope. This award recognizes the efforts of individuals in the preservation of historic residential structures and enhancement of the city’s built environment through the successful rehabilitation or restoration of residential properties within the Old Town Cape, Inc. district. The nearly 120 year-old home at 232 Good Hope is a contributing building in the Courthouse-Seminary Historic District and represents the simple kind of residential architecture typical to this early 20th century neighborhood.

John Boardman Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation: Jon Rust, Rex Rust, and Gary Rust II were awarded the John Boardman Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation Award for their work at 325 Broadway. This award recognizes the efforts of individuals, organizations, institutions, and businesses in the preservation of historic commercial structures and enhancement of the city’s built environment through successful rehabilitation or restoration. Originally built in 1964 as a savings and loan association. 325 Broadway took a modern twist in 2014 when it became the Rust Center for Media. The project was the result of a collaborative partnership between the Rust family and Southeast Missouri State University to house the University’s newspaper, television and video production programs.

Charles L. Hutson Visionary: Don Greenwood, local artist and downtown resident, received the Charles L. Hutson Visionary Award. This award honors someone who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the revitalization and future development of the Old Town Cape district, developing opportunities that significantly improve the quality of life in the district and who demonstrate the perseverance to make dreams a reality. Don is the embodiment of downtown revitalization. He walks the walk, having made his home and life in downtown for many years., He has been involved with Old Town Cape since its inception and multiple other downtown groups prior to that. He has been instrumental in the development, design and painting of many of the downtown murals, including the River Tales and Wall of Fame. He has donated design for T-shirts, posters and programs for Riverfest, City of Roses Music Festival, Tunes at Twilight and numerous other iconic downtown events. His art can be seen all over downtown and his music heard in diverse venues from Port Cape to the Cape Riverfront Market. He has been a longtime true friend of downtown.

 Special recognition was given to Kent and Vicki Zickfield for leadership and dedication to the 25 years of Parade of Lights.

Incoming Board Members: Chris Foeste, Big River Communications and Rex Rust, Southeast Missourian/rustmedia

Outgoing Board Members: Laurie Everett, Annie Laurie’s and Donna Denson, Southeast Missourian

2017 Officers: President, Dawn Dauer, The Bank of Missouri; First Vice President, Emilie Stephens, Annie-Em’s at Home; Second Vice President, Danny Essner, Capaha Bank; Secretary, Chris Hutson, Hutsons’ Fine Furniture, Treasurer Doc Cain, Port Cape Girardeau, Advisor to the Executive Committee, Dr. Steven Hoffman, Southeast Missouri State University,

Additional Board members are: Kyleigh Baliva, Pastimes Antiques; Trae Bertrand, Bertrand Law Firm; Bill Cole, Realty Executives; Don Greenwood, Local Artist; Alex McElroy, City of Cape Girardeau; Shelly Moore, City Council; Andre Parker, Student Government at Southeast Missouri State University; Lee Schlitt, Broadway Prescription Shop, and Kent Zickfield, Zickfield’s Jewelry & Gifts. 

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