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2013: Second Year

The Golden Garland Awards honor adults in Polk County who make the community a better place to live.

    The 2013 Golden Garland Award winners, from left: The Arts, Ceci Ingram; Community Service, Joyce Bentley; Education, Mary Ellen Rowker; Medicine, Dr. Gerald H. Hubbell; Entrepreneurship, Larry Madrid accepted by Naomi Tillett, and Sportsmanship, Sue Wilsman.

    2013 Winners

    Awards are given in six categories:

    The Arts

    A person who is an accomplished visual or performing artist or teaches in one of those fields.

    Community Service

    An individual who gives their time and energy to help those around them.


    An individual who is seen as a teacher and motivator, one who relates to students, parents, peers and administrators with ease, all while forging ahead to improve education.


    Someone who is innovative and creative and uses those talents to develop products or processes to help improve the community.


    A person who is innovative and creative while also compassionate and caring toward patients. This person helps take his practice, group or hospital to the next level.


    This person can be an athlete, coach or volunteer, someone who believes sportsmanship and fair play trump everything else.



2012 Winners