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  • Two honored as Spirit of Pittsburg

  • Since 1987, one person has been recognized each year during the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet as someone who embodies “The Spirit of Pittsburg.”

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    Since 1987, one person has been recognized each year during the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet as someone who embodies “The Spirit of Pittsburg.”

    This year was a little different, as two men, Richard Miller and Dick Coleman, were recognized together for their generosity and impact in the community.

    Marty Beezley, a past Spirit of Pittsburg recipient, presented the award

    “These two gentlemen and their efforts are so closely tied together and each is so significant, that it would be impossible to nominate one and not the other,” she said as she read part of the nomination letter.

    Beezley said the community and many of its charitable organizations and social agencies have benefited greatly from generosity of the two men.

    “I would venture to say that there are very few charitable efforts or social agencies in our
    community that have not benefited from the generosity of these two men,” Beezley said. “Their gifts have changed and enhanced the lives of our citizens from young to old.”

    Beezley said the two men’s quiet benevolence has been ongoing throughout many years. She also noted that their admirable and respectable ways have contributed to the growth of their business and creating a valuable fixture in Pittsburg’s economic development.

    “We have all heard the adage that ‘nice guys finish last’ and in these gentlemen’s case it’s somewhat true - it is long overdue for them to win this award,” Beezley said. “Their contributions to the citizens of Pittsburg are significant and too numerous to list and they wouldn’t want us to mention them anyway. Because they are so humble it was thought they would not entertain the idea of being recognized for their altruistic commitments and the years passed by.”

    Coleman talked about trends in both families that members leave, but return home to Pittsburg as soon as possible.

    “We’re so proud to be so active here and spend our lives here,” he said. “This is so
    humbling. Thank you.”

    Miller expressed additional appreciation for the community.

    Page 2 of 2 - “Pittsburg has been very good to us and we need to be good to Pittsburg,” he said. “We intend to continue doing that and contribute any way we can for the betterment of Pittsburg.

    The spirit of Pittsburg was one of many awards given during the evening.

    – Two Business Education Alliance Awards were given, including the Partner of the Year to Pittsburg State University and the Volunteer of the Year to James Teats.

    – The Inaugural Educator of the Year award went to Greg Shaw of Pittsburg High School.

    – Masonite received the 2013 City of Pittsburg Employer of the Year.

    – The recipient of the 2013 Small Business of the Year award was Eagle Beverage of Frontenac.

    – The 2013 Outstanding Chamber Volunteer of the Year is Stephanie Webb.
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