The list contains 63 names, along with the names of two couples and one civic organization. The distinguished list I am referring to is none other than the roster of those who have been named Riverside Person of the Year.
The two couples are Lloyd and Dorothy Unger in 1994 and Lew and Martha Heine in1999; the organization was the Riverside Junior Woman’s Charity in 2005. Brothers Donald and Robert Falconer received the award separately and the first woman recognized was Kay Snyder.
Originally an award bestowed jointly by the Riverside Chamber of Commerce and the Riverside Township Lions Club, the Person of the Year was meant to honor those who have given over and above to the village of Riverside. Until 1990, the honorees were exclusively men, many of whom were members of the business community.
The event was called Riverside Day and included a golf outing. Things have changed over the years. The golf is no longer part of the day, and the event is run exclusively by the Lions club. Nominees for the award are solicited from organizations and anyone wishing to submit a name to the Lions Club.
Looking over the list there are many recognizable names, many of whom are no longer with us. Not all honorees are residents of Riverside, but were known for their contributions to the community, some in the field of education, such as Butch Berwanger. Someday it might be interesting to compile a short bio on all the honorees — notice I said someday.
This year the name of Jennifer White will be added to the list. Jenny is a lifelong Riverside resident and, like so many others, has given of her time generously. As with most of those who are honored, when informed are quite humble and reticent to accept because they don’t do what they do for recognition. Jenny was no exception and needed to be convinced she indeed was worthy of having her name added to the list. .
This year the dinner honoring Jenny will be held at the Riverside Golf Club on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Cocktails (cash bar) will be at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $45 and are available at the Riverside Public Library, Riverside Bank and Aunt Diana’s Fudge Shop. No tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations are requested by Aug. 25. For further information call 44-5219.