Banquet slated to honor ‘unsung citizens

CNJ Staff

A love of people was the driving force behind Ethel Shankle’s idea for the 2006 Legacy Awards, which she and her daughter, Denise Shankle, are sponsoring.

According to Ethel Shankle, the black-tie awards banquet will honor the “unsung citizens” of Clovis. Shankle said she chose 14 individuals who have demonstrated good character through their actions.

Nominees for the first Legacy Awards are as follows: Annie Pearl Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cornish, Richard Gomez, Betty Grissom, Mary Hall, Etter Houston, Bess Kline, Lady Latimer, Louise McPherson, Russell Muffley, Levan Poller, Selmus Price and Rev. R.L. Smith.

Ethel Shankle said some of the nominees cried when they heard they were being honored while others tried to refuse.

“Richard Gomez didn’t want to be recognized because he said he was doing God’s work,” she said.

Although each nominee is unique, all share a love of their community, Shankle said.
She used Annie Pearl Brown as an example. “She has such a good heart. She feeds anyone that comes to her home.”

Shankle said everyone chosen has done many good deeds but has never been formally recognized by the community. “I’ve seen their (nominees’) actions,” she said, “and they are the unsung citizens of Clovis.”

The theme for the banquet, which will be held at the Clovis Civic Center Saturday, is “Hearts of Gold.”

Ethel Shankle said the formal event will include dinner, live entertainment, awards presentation and a guest speaker.