The Emily Georges Gottfried - Everyday Hero Award

This award is given in memory of Emily Gottfried (1955-2013), an IAN council member who was a persistent advocate for human rights, interfaith dialogue, and feeding our hungry. Emily dedicated her life to advancing justice, building community, and promoting interfaith understanding. She was committed to tikkun olam, the Jewish practice of repairing the world. She reached out to organize people of all faiths for the common good. Emily's enthusiasm and gratitude for even a small contribution made a person want to be part of the team for change.


Therefore, each year at the IAN Washington County Martin Luther King Day celebration, the Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County will present the “Emily Georges Gottfried Everyday Hero Award” to community members who make a difference in Washington County. A commemorative plaque which includes each year's award recipient's name and organization(if any) will be shown at each IAN event.


Please send your nominations for the 2015 Emily Georges Gottfried Everyday Hero Award to


Award recipients might be local volunteers, leaders, teachers, organizers, or anybody who has made a positive difference in Washington County.

The nomination should include a paragraph describing

·        the nominated person's efforts for human rights, social or environmental justice,

·        their contact information and

·        your contact information.

Deadline for submissions is December 9, 2014

Past honorees include:  
2014 - Arnie Leppert, Faith Cafe' and Gail Key-Benson, Unity of Beaverton Food Pantry
2012 - Kwan-Jang-Nim Dan Haney (KJN Dan), Ernie Reyes World Martial Arts (Hillsboro) and Connie Tripp, Hillsboro United Methodist Church.
2011 - Pat Wolter, Unity of Beaverton; Bob Leitner, Bethel United Church of Christ
2010 - Heather Thompson, Tualatin Valley Gleaners
—Mary Foote, Hillsboro United Methodist Church,; Gerlinde Lamer, St. Anthony Catholic Church; Venustiano Olguin, Baha’i Faith
Eric Canon, Interfaith Committee on Homelessness
Karen Hudspeth, Family Bridge and Home Plate
— David Richards, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Hillsboro Stake; Rev. Wes Taylor, Tualatin United Methodist Church
—Mandy Ellertson, PCC Rock Creek
—Verla Fuller, Open Door Counseling; Rev. Dale Harris, Interfaith Hospitality Network; Alan and Char Lane, Clean and Sober Living
—Betsy Hanson, Interfaith Hospitality Network and National Alliance for the Mentally Ill; Don Bohn, Washington County and Vision Action Network; Martha Dauenhauer,
Centro Cultural
—Alana Graham, West County Coalition for Human Dignity; Patricia Keeney, PFLAG and West County Coalition for Human Dignity; Sabino Sardineta, Centro Cultural