Sally Pray

Sally Pray addresses the audience while accepting the Jeannie Ovenell Community Spirit Award on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Sally Pray was honored for her work growing the local arts scene with the annual Jeannie Ovenell Community Spirit Award.

Pray accepted the award Thursday during the Business People of the Year awards luncheon in the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center and presented by the Camano Island and Stanwood chambers of commerce.

Pray, the director of the nonprofit group Stanwood Camano Arts Festivals, helped start the Summer Arts Jam in downtown Stanwood and guided the group to win several grants and sponsors, including a partnership with Amtrak Cascades. She also coordinates an array of volunteers for several other community events throughout the year.

The Jeannie Ovenell Community Spirit Award was named for a dedicated volunteer who distributed food out of a car in the late 1970s, early '80s and founded the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. Ovenell died in June 2012 but her legacy of community service and volunteerism lives on in the actions of many business and community members.

“We are so thrilled to be able to honor Sally Pray,” said Elaine Traversi, Stanwood Chamber of Commerce executive director. “She is a wonderful asset to have in our community and deserves to be recognized. She has spent years dedicating many volunteer hours to projects she is passionate about and the Stanwood-Camano community has benefited from tremendously.”

Four other awards were presented to outstanding business community leaders.

Business Woman of the Year went to Yvonne Corbett, owner of Ladders Clothing & Company in downtown Stanwood. Corbett also won the Business of the Year award.

Business Man of the Year was Shayne Stoddard, who operates Grocery Outlet with his wife, Mary.

Entrepreneur of the Year honors went to Rebecca Jette, who co-owns Stanwood Cupcakes.

About 50 community members came to honor their friends and associates, who won the weekslong online vote at DiscoverStanwoodCamano.com.

Business Woman of the Year nominees: Kerri McGhie, John L Scott; Teri Lindgren, Josephine’s Caring Community; Beth Newton, Windermere; Chantel Keller; Jasmine Thai/Mammoth Burger; Yvonne Corbett, Ladders Clothing & Co.; Danielle Inman, Island Girl Paint Party; Marla Heagle, Windermere; Jackie Groves, Dollies 2 Doorknobs; Dianna Pence, Windermere; Mary Stoddard, Grocery Outlet; Sally Pray, Stanwood Camano Arts Festivals; Mona Campbell, Canopy Tours NW; Renae Kettler, Re/Max; Traci Smith, Picnic Pantry & Parlour; Lynne Midyette, Amazing Carpet & Tile.

Business Man of the Year nominees: Jose Amador, Amigo’s; Shayne Stoddard, Grocery Outlet; Major Freeman, Loco Billy’s Wild Moon Saloon; John Russell, The UPS Store; Steve Love, Windermere; Jeff Glaspy, Titan Homes NW; Randy Heagle, Windermere; Terry Robertson, Josephine’s Caring Community; Alan Chapin, Envirotek; Mike Funderburke, Funderburke Auto Body; Jeff Ericson, Camano Island Coffee Roasters.

Business of the Year nominees: Josephine’s Caring Community; Ladders Clothing & Co.; Windermere Real Estate; Re/Max Associate Brokers; Grocery Outlet Bargain Market; Doilies 2 Doorknobs; Northwest Music Foundation; Stanwood Grill; Madak; Amazing Carpet & Tile.

Entrepreneur of the Year nominees: Rebecca Jette, Stanwood Cupcakes; Traci Smith, Picnic Pantry & Parlour; Shayne and Mary Stoddard, Grocery Outlet; Dennis Newman, Crow Island Farms; Dave Cassera, Cassera Gallery; Katie and Scott Shrok, One A Chord Academy; Chris and Lena Pepper, Ale Spike; Adam Kopp, Madak; Dan Ericson, Brand Shouter; Jesse Childress, Baked Cafe.

Contact reporter Evan Caldwell at ecaldwell@scnews.com and follow him on Twitter @Evan_SCN for updates throughout the week and on Instagram @evancaldwell.scn for more photos.

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