MOUNT VERNON — Pat Crow was surprised as the 2012 Walter Rudin Award recipient during the Heritage Centre Association’s Annual Dinner and awards ceremony Thursday night at The Alcove.
“I think back when Walter Rudin was given the first award,” Crow said. “He said, ‘You have to pay it forward.’ His investment in the Walter Rudin Fund is proof of that. You have work on projects that will reinvest in your community — not just in Mount Vernon. I believe you also have to think forward and ponder that and consider how to do it; put a plan together and initiate that plan.”
During the video presentation of the award, Crow was honored for his tireless efforts to resurrect the Woodward Opera House and to keep the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival rocking from summer to summer.
“Two things that come to mind when I think about Pat Crow are his dedication and also his perseverance relative to the Woodward Opera House and the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival,” said Mark Ramser.
“Pat’s influence and impact on downtown Mount Vernon will be felt for generations to come,” said Carrie Crouch, downtown manager. “What he and Sandy (Crow) and the Woodward Development Corp. have done to move the Woodward Opera House forward, as well as their growth of the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, their tireless promotion of Knox County and their creation of a National Historic District have really put Mount Vernon on the map as a destination in Ohio.”
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