Cindy Roberts, Rola Cerone and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church were the big winners at the 13th Annual Mayor's Downtown Impact Award ceremony held on the morning of Friday, December 13.
Roberts and St. Andrew's each won the Mayor's Downtown Impact Award and Cerone was awarded the Willie Bennett Spirit of Downtown Award.
Roberts was selected for her work with the Fright Nights, the popular haunted house held this year in the old Los Nortenos building downtown. All the proceeds went to benefit the restoration of the Queen Theater. After countless hours of work, and 2,000 attendees over 5 nights, the group led by Roberts, donated $6,400 dollars to the Queen Theater. Cindy and her family own and operate Burr's Unfinished Furniture.
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, which has been in downtown since 1868, was praised for their dedication and commitment to their downtown community. The church is the primary sponsor of the Brazos Church Pantry which supplies food to the needy all over Brazos County. They actively support Twin City Mission and Neal Elementary School. The church also participates in First Friday and ArtStep activities and serves as the main staging area during the Texas Reds Festival.
Rola Cerone, the owner of Revolution Café and Bar was praised for her was enthusiasm and support of the music and art scene in Downtown Bryan. Revolution offers diverse entertainment options and has a fun and eclectic atmosphere. Open for 10 years, Revolution Café and Bar is still one of Downtown Bryan's hot spots.
In honor of the Mayor's Downtown Impact Award, The Bank & Trust's Joe Salvato was on-hand to make a $500 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley. The Peterson Law Group also made a $500 donation in honor of the Willie Bennett Spirit of Downtown Award to the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley.