The Oregon State Capitol and Oregon State Capitol Foundation earned the award for community impact at the Oregon Festival & Events Association’s (OFEA) Ovation! Awards.
Impact Awards are given to events that focus on promoting a specific culture, ethnicity or heritage, or more than one.
The Capitol and foundation earned this award for the Capitol History Gateway Program, which started in 2015 and hosts events including Oregon’s Birthday Celebration, Cherry Blossom Day, Hispanic Heritage Day, Oregon’s Bounty, Asian and Pacific Islander Day and Multicultural Day.
Stacy Nalley, the Oregon State Capitol public outreach coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the Capitol and the foundation.
“It is exciting to be recognized for the work and dedication that has been given to this program over the past five years,” she said.
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Nalley said these events would not be possible without the help of several partnering organizations. She gave a special shout out to the Salem Multicultural Institute, which hosts the World Beat Festival, because of their involvement with multiple events over the years.
The Ovation! Awards took place during OFEA’s annual conference held from Feb. 21-23 in Hood River.
Abby Luschei is the entertainment reporter for the Statesman Journal; she can be reached at email@example.com or 503-399-6747. Follow her on Twitter @abbyluschei or facebook.com/luscheiabby.
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