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Sharon Gray Smith newsmaker of the year
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 18 May 2017

Each year, the Royal Rosarians honor some of the members of our community who have performed exceptional acts of heroism and/or outstanding humanitarian work without regard for personal safety, public recognition, or personal gain.

Members of Portland area media newsrooms select Newsmaker honorees. The 2016 Newsmakers of the Year were honored at a banquet in March.

Sharon Gary Smith

The Skanner presented an award to Sharon Gray Smith. Smith directed the McKenzie River Gathering Foundation as part of her two-decade career in advocating locally and nationally for racial and economic justice. MRG is a major funder of social justice organizations in Oregon, including Portland Jobs with Justice, and the African Women's Coalition. Jerry Foster, Advertising Manager for The Skanner presented Gray with a Royal Rosarian bronze medallion and a framed certificate by the Prime Minister.

K103-FM morning radio personalities John Erickson and Bruce Murdock served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening as media representatives presented their Newsmaker and his/her newsworthy story to a banquet audience of approximately 400 guests.

View photos of recipients of 2016 Newsmakers of the Year and read why they were chosen:


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