Hats Off to Downtown Disciples

A huge honor was bestowed upon a pair of deserving downtown leaders Tuesday.

Dr. Russell Bradley and Greta Watkins were named co-winners of the city of Bryan's seventh annual Mayor's Downtown Impact Award.

The award honors the extraordinary effort by an individual, organization or business to revitalize Historic Downtown.

Bradley, a former Bryan city councilman, was chosen for his legacy to push for downtown renovation.

"When he started (while on the Bryan City Council), he ran into opposition, but was determined to move ahead," said the selection committee about Bradley.

Watkins, the owner of The Frame Gallery, was selected for promoting the arts in downtown Bryan through monthly events.

According to the selection committee, "She is a very vivacious person and a motivator. She gets people excited about doing things downtown."

During the Tuesday ceremony, First National Bank CEO Tim Bryan presented a $500 check in the names of Russell Bradley and Greta Watkins to the Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley. First National Bank is the award's title sponsor, and the trophies are provided by The Discount Trophy Group.

Past recipients of the Mayor's Downtown Impact Award:

2005 John Hendry, Downtown Bryan Economic Development Association

2004 Zane Anderson and Michael Schaefer

2003 John Clanton and W.J. Bryan Partnership, LP

2002 Rami Cerone, Caffé Capri

2001 Eric and Hazel Todd, EarthArt
Mrs. Edward (Pat) Hiler

2000 Kay Conlee, Old Bryan Marketplace