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Spokane holds first ever Citizen's Hall of Fame

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First ever Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame held Thursday at the Davenport Hotel First ever Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame held Thursday at the Davenport Hotel
Innovation and Leadership: Don Kardong Innovation and Leadership: Don Kardong
Education: Gary Livingston Education: Gary Livingston
Economic Development & Business: Gordon Budke Economic Development & Business: Gordon Budke
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Thursday morning, in a room filled with Spokane luminaries, six people were honored with being the first inductees into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame.

KHQ's Stephanie Vigil hosted the ceremony, which was held at the Davenport Hotel. Those inducted Thursday were given keys to the city and a rousing round of applause from everyone in attendance.

One of the inductees, in the Arts and Letters category, was Harold Balazs. Balazs has created a number of iconic sculptures in Spokane, including the Riverfront Rotary Fountain and the Centennial Sculpture. When asked how he felt about winning, Balazs said, "oh, I'm embarrassed. You know, my wife never lets me give her enough credit for all she did to make this possible." After he received the key to the city, and took a picture with Spokane Mayor David Condon, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, and Councilmember Mike Allen, Balazs looked at the crowd and said, "I'm still making art!"

Bloomsday Race founder Don Kardong was also one of the inductees, in the Innovation and Leadership category. "I'm really honored," said Kardong. "I'm such an admirer of the other people inducted today. I feel that Bloomsday was a modest idea that became really big. I'm honored to receive this award, but feel it belongs to the thousands of people that make Bloomsday happen every year."

FULL LIST OF INDUCTEES

  • Arts and Letters: Harold Balazs
  • Economic Development and Business: Gordon Budke
  • Education: Gary A. Livingston
  • Innovation and Leadership: Don Kardong
  • Public Service and Philanthropy: Elizabeth Welty
  • Science, Health, and Medicine: Peg Hopkins

2015 Historic Inductees

  • Chief Spokan Garry
  • Daniel K. Oliver
  • King Cole
  • May Arkwright Hutton
  • Thomas S. Foley
  • Vicki McNeill
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