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Near Southside presents awards for outstanding service to the growing neighborhood

Posted June 1, 2018

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Ann Zadeh gets a hug while she received an award
Community leader and namesake for the Kline Watts Award, Joan Kline, left, presents an award for outstanding leadership to Councilmember Ann Zadeh.

Near Southside Inc. presented annual awards to a number of individuals and businesses at the 2018 Near Southside Shindig.

Community Legacy Award. Paul Paine, Near Southside Inc. (NSI) president since 2005. Through advocacy, dedication and teamwork, Paine led the Near Southside into a remarkable period of revitalization and prosperity. His 13 years of leadership built NSI into a highly effective organization that attracts investment and cultivates community.
Most Valuable Partner Award. The Night Stripers (Bryan McKendry, Bernie Scheffler, Paul Allen, Margo Allen, Jonathan McMillan and Lisa McMillan). The Night Stripers transformed South Main Street into a complete street and vibrant public space at the 2010 ArtsGoggle, setting the stage for an official restriping six months later, and for South Main’s complete reconstruction completed in 2017. View a video presentation.
Most Valuable Partner Award. Scott Rule. The JPS Health executive provided advocacy and assistance with initiatives large and small, from the complete reconstruction of South Main Street and the creation of a Near Southside Medical Innovation District, to many hours of service volunteering at community events.
Kline-Watts Award for Development Excellence. Shinjuku Station and Cannon Chinese Kitchen, Casey Kha, Jerry Ho and Mary Ho. These entrepreneurs fostered a dramatic transformation and catalytic influence of properties in the Near Southside.
Kline-Watts Award for Pioneering Endeavor. Stir Crazy Baked Goods. This company employed boundless energy and selfless work to create tightknit communities in the South Main and Magnolia urban villages.
Kline-Watts Award for Outstanding Leadership. Councilmember Ann Zadeh. The District 9 representative was honored for her tireless dedication and unwavering support of Near Southside efforts to cultivate community and create special places, and her consistent advocacy for important projects and policies benefiting the district.
Kline-Watts Award for Cultural Contribution. Gracey Tune. Since 1992, Tune has served as founder and director of Arts Fifth Avenue, producing a rich assortment of performance and educational programs for thousands of Near Southside residents and visitors.
Kline-Watts Award for Historic Preservation. Ralph Watterson. The owner of Old Home Supply has preserved and enhanced the architectural heritage of Historic Fairmount and the greater Near Southside and has inspired and equipped hundreds of neighbors to do the same.
Bob Hampton, chairman of the board, 2016-2017. Hampton’s effective leadership helped advance the organization’s most significant initiatives.

Near Southside Inc. (NSI) is a private, member-funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Near Southside. NSI began as a small coalition of Near Southside businesses and community leaders and has grown dramatically over the last two decades.

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