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Awards honor Ray Crenshaw, other difference makers

Sean Philip Cotter
505-5437/@SPCotterYD

Ray Crenshaw has worn many official hats: York City councilman, head of the local NAACP, leader of the county's Democratic Party.

But many know him more for the unofficial ones; Ray Crenshaw, community leader and just general decent guy.

So, said Edquina Washington, York City's director of community relations, the city will hold the Ray Crenshaw Neighborhood Awards, celebrating people, businesses and organizations that push their communities to be the best they can be.

Ray Crenshaw Neighborhood Awards

The ceremony will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Voni Grimes Gym at 125 E. College Ave. The semiformal event, which includes refreshments and entertainment, costs $40 to attend, with tickets available beginning Monday, Sept. 12.

In the meantime, the city is looking for submissions for the awards. A link to the City of York's Facebook entry form for this event can be found at yorkcity.org.

Anyone can enter names for best sports coach, nail salon, teacher, after-school program, church choir, barbershop, hair salon, public-safety professional, photographer, apparel store, corner store, Latin restaurant, rapper or rap group, singer, poet, coffee shop and youth athlete. Submissions are due Sept. 12.

"It's for people who made a difference," Washington said.

After that, she said, the top three vote-getters for each will be made public, and then eventual winners chosen, announced at the ceremony.

The proceeds from the awards ceremony in part will go toward the renovation of the Voni Grimes Gym, which Washington said is a good example of the type of place that the awards will honor.

"It’s a place in our community that everyone knows," Washington said. "It’s a safe haven for our youth community members."

For more information or to buy tickets, call the city at 717-849-2221.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.