Nominations open for 10th Paris Gibson Award

Nominations are now open for the tenth Paris Gibson Award, named for the founder of Great Falls.

The criteria is: he/she shall be a long standing resident of Great Falls; shall have excelled in his/her area of expertise; shall have contributed to the betterment of Great Falls; and shall have been innovative and creative in his/her service to the community.

Linda Caricaburu, Brad Talcott named winners of Paris Gibson Award

To be eligible for the award, as selected by the Paris Gibson Month Celebration Committee, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • is currently a resident of Great Falls
  • has provided significant impact to the City of Great Falls
  • has provided leadership for the community through volunteerism
  • has performed selfless action for the betterment of the community

The award winner will receive a $500 check provided by Jimmy and Debbie Filipowicz of Steel Etc., which may be given to a local charity of the winner’s choice; will have a tree, donated by Steve Tilleraas of Tilleraas Landscape and Nursery, planted in West Bank Park in their honor, with a marker donated by Montana Granite; a plaque donated by Greg Hall of Access Fitness; and a ride in a 1918 Model T Ford, provided by Kurt Baltrusch of the Skunk Wagon Club, in the Fourth of July Parade.

The winner will be announced before the Great Falls Municipal Band Concert at 7 p.m. July 3 in the Mansfield Convention Center.

Nomination forms are available at the Great Falls Park & Recreation Department, 1700 River Drive. N., or online. Deadline for entries is May 20.

Prior winners are: Doug Wicks, 2010; Norma Ashby, 2011; Greg Hall, 2012; Ian and Nancy Davidson, 2013; Gene Thayer, 2014; Bill and Joan-Nell Macfadden, 2015; Arlyne Reichert, 2016;  Sheila Rice, 2017; and Brad Talcott and Linda Caricaburu, 2018

For questions about the award, call Norma Ashby, 453-7078.