SALEM, Ore., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA), in partnership with the Independent Community Banks of Oregon (ICBO) and OregonBusiness magazine, recently announced that Dutch Bros. Coffee and Starker Forests, Inc. are the recipients of the 2012 Community Applause Awards. Founded in 1996, the award competition is open for banks doing business in Oregon to nominate their business customers in recognition of their service in the community. Since their inception, 33 Oregon businesses have been recognized, including this year's honorees.
During the Northwest Bank Executive Conference in December, OBA President and CEO Linda Navarro presented a commemorative plaque to representatives from both companies, who also each received $1,000 to be donated to a non-profit organization of their choice. Dutch Bros. Coffee's donation went to Dane's Drive and Starker Forests selected the Philomath Youth Activities Club. The award ceremony also included a video presentation about each award recipient. These videos can be viewed online at www.oregonbankers.com/community/applause-awards.
Nominated by Bill Humphreys, Jr., vice president of Citizens Bank in Corvallis, Starker Forests, Inc. of Corvallis won in the Business with less than 50 employees category. Starker Forests is a family owned business that recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Starker has grown to become one of Oregon's premier forest management and timber production companies. The company is widely respected as a socially responsible, environmentally sensitive and financially productive organization.The impact of Starker Forests' donations to community groups and organizations can be felt throughout Corvallis and surrounding communities. In addition to significant financial support, the Starker family generously gives of their time, expertise, influence and other resources to ensure the success of organizations they are passionate about. Starker Forests is especially passionate about education. They have invested heavily and taken a lead in educating their community, especially youth, on respectful and sustainable forest management practices.