The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce named three honorees at the 50th anniversary Landmark and Legacy event held Saturday.
Tribune columnist and Rotary Club member Judy Salamacha was named citizen of the year.
Salamacha, a Morro Bay resident, writes a weekly column for The Tribune about Morro Bay, Cayucos and Los Osos. Her stories focus on people, events and the histories of the local towns.
Her topics have included local musicians, teachers, the farmers market, gardens and veterans lost at sea.
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She has been director of the Central Coast Writers’ Conference at Cuesta College since 2010. Salamacha also is an active member of Rotary Club and a volunteer at the Harbor Festival, running the Seafood and Wine Pavilion. She has been a program director of SLO NightWriters since 2009.
Realtor Dan Reddell was named a “living treasure” for his wide range of community contributions, including his service as president of the Morro Bay Police Foundation, board member of the Morro Bay Fire Department, past president of the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, creator of the Harbor Festival Clam Cook-Off (since 1985), and former Morro Bay Rotarian and citizen of the year.
Reddell also helped donate hundreds of care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan, working with former Marine Si Tenenberg.
The local business of the year, Cookie Crock, was recognized for supporting the Del Mar Elementary PTA through donations and discounts, donating a refrigeration cooler to the Salvation Army, a $1,000 shopping giveaway spree and supporting Morro Bay High School athletics, among other community endeavors.