08 Dec Exceptional Volunteerism
Main Street – Marion, Indiana, Inc.
422 E Fourth St. Marion, IN 46952
Taylor Hawk, Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GRANT COUNTY COMMUNITY LEADER RECEIVES STATE AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL VOLUNTEERISM: Dawn Brown Recognized As One of Indiana Main Street Volunteers of the Year Presented by OCRA
MARION, IN (December 4, 2015): A Grant County leader and community volunteer is being recognized on a statewide level for her involvement with Main Street Marion, a non-profit in Grant County focused on downtown revitalization and economic stimulation. Main Street Marion representatives and peers rallied together to nominate Dawn Brown for Indiana Main Street’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award for 2015 (through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs) after reflecting on all of the work she endured to catapult transformation into Downtown Marion.
Brown is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Grant County, but wears many other hats, and even carries various shovels. Early this year, she joined efforts with Main Street Marion’s Design Committee, and not only brought ideas and resources to one table, but coordinated a team of more volunteers and partners, herself included, to take the design of Downtown, Marion to the next level. She connected MSM with the local parks department and influenced a shared vision to bring the award-winning style and beauty of the Gardens of Matter Park into the downtown landscape. She also spearheaded a mini-mural program utilizing benches around the Courthouse square, transforming each bench into works of art.
“Because of her active involvement and guidance, we have ‘wowed’ the downtown community and have created a new energy and purpose.” – Layla Price, Board Member, Main Street Marion
“Brown has a focus in our community to make an impact; to create change. She is involved with projects that give a ‘hand-up’ to people, and causes that will bring opportunity to our community.” – Shelly Jones, Development Manager, Community Foundation of Grant County
Brown will be presented with the award at the Statehouse on Monday, December 7th during an awards ceremony recognizing various individuals, projects and programs centered on improving downtowns across the state.
Main Street Marion is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit downtown organization that inspires, unifies and champions the Downtown Marion Experience. Our local Main Street office is your direct connection to the social and business hub of downtown Marion, and we are 100% funded by your donations!
Contributing partners to this nomination:
Shelly Jones, Development Manager, Community Foundation of Grant County: 765-662-0065
Loretta Walker Tappan, Former Director, Main Street Marion: 765-667-1820
Layla Price, Board Member, Main Street Marion, 765-602-9011