PITTSTON — Nearly 100 awards were given out by the Times Leader Media Group to winners from various professions and businesses at the Best of Greater Pittston Readers’ Choice Awards at The Red Mill on Tuesday night.
The two marquee honors were the Person of the Year Award and the Joseph Saporito Lifetime of Service Award.
Bob Price, 57, of Dupont, traded in his casual attire and ever-present camera (he loves photography) for a suit and a plaque as he was recognized as the Person of the Year.
Price, who works for Johnson Controls in Allentown, is an extremely active member of the community. He helped plan Dupont’s centennial celebration in 2017 and is a member of the Dupont Lions Club, Paint Pittston Pink plus contributes to many other organizations and causes.
“If there’s an event, I’m probably at it,” Price said laughingly. “I don’t help out or get involved for the glory, I do it because I care.”
When Price was notified he was receiving the award, he didn’t have too much time to process it.
“When I got the call, I was pretty shocked,” he recalled. “I paused for a long second before I said ‘yes.’ I’m just honored and humbled.
“I really didn’t expect this award,” he added. “You look at the group of people who won this prestigious award in the past and it’s just nice to be in elite company.”
Mary Ann Tigue, 79, has dedicated her life as a borough councilwoman to helping the children of Avoca for nearly 30 years.
“I was told I won the award for all my service in Avoca,” said Tigue, the Joseph Saporito Lifetime of Service Award winner. “Everything I did as a councilwoman was with the best intentions of the kids.”
Tigue helped keep open and refurbish the Avoca Community Center. She also helped establish sports leagues that are still in existence today.
“Anything I did was never for the recognition,” she explained. “I helped the kids because I wanted them to be involved with things. I don’t want them to do drugs. I’ll keep helping for as long as I can.”
The Readers’ Choice Awards are usually a suit-and-tie affair but switched to a more informal event this time.
“We wanted to make this more of a networking event,” said Times Leader Media Group vice president of sales and marketing Kerry Miscavage. “This is a great event for us to meet with our friends from Pittston as well as the surrounding areas. It also gives them a chance to meet new people and form new friendships.”
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