We're so proud of Kent, who was surprised with a huge honor today from Renton River Days.
Here's what the press release had to say:
This year celebrates the 28th anniversary of IKEA Renton River Days, Renton's annual community family festival since 1986, and features the theme "Specquackular!" Since 1991, the festival's volunteer Board of Directors has selected an individual or team to receive the Outstanding Service Award (OSA). This year, the Board selected Kent Phillips of STAR 101.5 and KOMO-TV.
For more than 25 consecutive years, Kent Phillips has volunteered his time to be the official Parade Announcer for Renton's hometown parade, which takes place Saturday morning during festival weekend, along South 3rd Street in downtown Renton. In addition to Kent's services to be the voice of the parade, the festival has also received resource and logistics support from STAR 101.5 to provide the sound system and amplification to the Parade's Announcing and Judging Area.
The festival's Outstanding Service Award recognizes exemplary pride and dedication towards the continued success of Renton's community festival, and gratefully acknowledges the commitment and efforts of a volunteer or organized entity who help ensure the legacy of Renton's festival traditions and community spirit. Past recipients have primarily included well-deserving individuals, but also teams such as the City of Renton Parks and Recreation Departments in 1999, and employees of First Savings Bank Northwest who volunteer in large numbers to help organize, manage, and "stage" 125+ parade entries along downtown Renton side streets before the start of the parade.
In a quote from the Volunteer Parade Chairman for more than twenty years, Joyce Williams said "Kent was always so dedicated and professional. His commitment and service to the IKEA Renton River Days Parade was ??? an enormous help to the Parade Committee. He always knew exactly what to do and what was needed to be the voice of our parade. It was one of the most important pieces to have locked in each year, and was a huge relief once I knew Kent was confirmed for another year. When I knew I was going to be able to work with Kent again, it gave me one less thing to worry about. For a volunteer chairman of a parade, that's a big big deal."
Nice work, Kent!