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Our inaugural 2C Spotlight Awards show and dinner last month was a raging success. For it being just our first time ever hosting it, turnout was tremendous at about 250 people at the Nampa Civic Center.

The 2C Spotlight Awards show was a way for us to honor people in the community who have done extraordinary things, such as clean up the Elijah Drain, save someone’s life, donate 30 gallons of blood, donate a kidney. We’ve been writing stories about these folks all year long, and each week, we pick one person to spotlight and put a little blurb about him or her in the Sunday paper. This year, we decided to compile all those “winners” and throw a banquet to hand out certificates and plaques.

As some of you know, we have been doing a similar event, the 2C Sports Stars event, which honors the high school athletes whom we have been recognizing all the preceding year. This year was our third year hosting that event, and I would say the third time was the charm. Not that the first two years were bad, but we learned each year what went well and what went not so well, so that by the third year, I daresay, the program was just right. Plus, the first year we did the program, turnout was a little light because it was an unknown quantity. Turnout for the second year went way up, and by the third year, we had almost 400 in attendance.

So to have 250 people attend the first 2C Spotlight Awards show is a good sign of how successful this program is going to be in the future.

As a journalist, it was gratifying for me to compile all the good stories we’ve done over the past year and to see all those people in one place. Then, to have those folks come up to me after the program and to send me emails the next day thanking us for putting the program on was pure joy, very satisfying.

Our keynote speaker was Kenton Lee, the inventor of The Shoe That Grows and a former 2C Spotlight honoree in his own right. His speech was incredible, and I fear he has spoiled us for whoever we get as a speaker in the future. He talked about being a Nampa kid and why Nampa is responsible for his success. He talked about the encouragement he got at a Nampa Rotary meeting and the encouragement he got from articles in the Idaho Press-Tribune. When he talked about his dad, it was tough to choke back the tears.

Darrel Anderson, president and CEO of Idaho Power, our presenting sponsor, gave an address, and I thought it was so refreshing to hear him talk about the importance of not texting while driving and the dangers of distracted driving. We couldn’t have put on the event without Idaho Power and our other sponsors, Saint Alphonsus, Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel and Amalgamated Sugar. Thank you.

Overall, it was a great night, with good food, great people and a terrific atmosphere and decorations at the Nampa Civic Center. The first 2C Spotlight Awards Show was an unqualified success, and I’m looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Scott McIntosh is the editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. Call 465-8110 or email smcintosh@idahopress.com.

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