Sharon Murphy Honored with 2019 OSA
The volunteer Renton River Days Board of Directors annually selects an individual, team or organization to receive the festival’s Outstanding Service Award. The tradition began in 1991 and has honored people and groups without whom the festival would not be possible. The 2019 recipient is Sharon Murphy, a Renton resident who has volunteered in a variety of roles with the festival.
Highlights of Sharon’s efforts to support the festival include:
- Beginning in 2002, Sharon coordinated the Cedar River Quilt Show. Originally hosted in the Renton Public Library (and now located in the Renton Community Center during festival weekend), the Cedar River Quilters display a multitude of quilts ranging from preemie sized to oversized. A quilter herself, Sharon works with a collaborative quilting partner out of California to create original designs that have been published, won awards, and been part of quilt show tours.
- Following her run as Quilt Show Coordinator, Sharon used her talents to assist and eventually become the Festival Volunteer Coordinator, a volunteer position she maintains today. In this capacity, Sharon solicits volunteer needs from the many festival committees and solicits volunteers to fill those positions. She is on-site for a majority of festival hours, managing schedules, checking in volunteers and being a friendly face for attendees.
- In addition to coordinating volunteers, in 2017 Sharon also took on the task of supporting the Renton River Days Parade. She assists the volunteer Parade Chair with securing vehicles from the Parade’s Sponsor Brotherton Cadillac, and signage for festival dignitaries and honored guests.
When Sharon is not volunteering for the Renton River Days festival, she enjoys her retired life from Boeing. Sharon’s children and grandson live in Renton and she enjoys their company. Furry family member Klondike, her 160-pound Newfoundland, is a big part of her life in more ways than one!
When asked about her volunteer experiences with Renton River Days, Sharon says “Renton River Days is a wonderful community festival for families to enjoy. It’s easy to stay involved and help others volunteer.” The festival is always looking for volunteers to help in a variety of positions. The application can be found at www.rentonriverdays.org/volunteer and Sharon will connect volunteers to the appropriate Festival Committee Chair.
The festival’s Outstanding Service Award recognizes exemplary pride and dedication towards the continued success of Renton’s community festival, and gratefully acknowledges the commitment and efforts of a volunteer, team, organization, or community partner who help ensure the legacy of Renton’s festival traditions and community spirit. Past recipients have primarily included well-deserving individuals, but also teams such as the City of Renton Parks and Recreation Departments, and employees of First Financial Northwest Bank who volunteer in large numbers to help organize, manage, and stage the parade.
Outstanding Service Award recipients include (1991-2019): Doug Kyes, Char Baker, Don Persson, Toni Nelson, Sylva Coppock, Pat Newberry, Joyce Williams, Sam Chastain, City of Renton Park Maintenance & Recreation Divisions, Sandy Chastain, Tim Searing, Jeff Lukins, Chuck Tiernan, Jerry Rerecich, Pat O’Dell, Mark Kotlan, Suzanne Thompson, First Financial Northwest Bank Parade Volunteers, Helenanne Botham, Kiwanis/Lions/Rotary Service Clubs, Norm and Carol Abrahamson, Renee Lukins, Kent Phillips (STAR 101.5 FM), Bonnie Rerecich, Jerry Kavesh, IKEA, Carol Janssen, Allied Arts of Renton and Sharon Murphy.