During the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce annual awards breakfast on Aug. 15, Police Chief Danny Sharp was honored with the Legacy Award.

Sharp was nominated for the award along with former Pima County Supervisor Ann Day.

Dave Perry, president/CEO of the chamber, said Sharp earned the Legacy Award for lasting service to and improvement of the community. Sharp has been the Oro Valley police chief since 2000.

In accepting the award, Sharp said he is both humbled and honored.

“This really means a lot to me, but what I have been able to do here is not by an individual effort,” he said. 

Sharp said he is able to accomplish more because of continued support from elected officials, as well as from members of the community.

Along with serving as police chief, Sharp is also a part of Project Graduation, Rotary Club and several other community organizations.

Besides recognizing leaders of the community, the Oro Valley Chamber also recognized business leaders.

Winning the award for Small Business of the Year was Workman Insurance and Investments. Mid-Size Business of the Year is Splendido and the Large Business of the Year is Oro Valley Marketplace. 

The Non-profit Organization of the Year award was given to the Golder Ranch Fire District. The fire district received the award after being nominated along with five other non-profit organizations.

Pat Able, the district’s operations chief, accepted the award on behalf of Fire Chief Randy Karrer.

“When we heard we were nominated, we were honored and humbled at the same time,” Able said. “We strive to be worthy of an award like this.”

In a statement, Chief Karrer said, “This award is reflective on our District as a whole, this is representative of our vision to be customer centered and making outstanding customer service our number one priority. Congratulations to the entire Golder Ranch Fire District organization, I am so proud to lead this organization.”

The other non-profits that were nominated for the Pinnacle Award were: Youth on Their Own, The Hearth Foundation, Tohono Chul Park, Tell Me a Good Story, and Catalina Community Services.

The Community Leader of the Year was awarded to Linda Ahearn with Toscana Studio and Gallery. Ahearn received the award for her efforts to teach area youth about art and life.

The studio and gallery, located at 9040 North Oracle Road, offered more than 25 camps this summer. Each camp ranged in themes and mediums from the art of Japan where they touch on origami, bamboo painting, kite making, and printmaking. Another camp covered modern art while another focuses on clay and sculpture. 

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