Spokane holds first ever Citizen's Hall of Fame - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane holds first ever Citizen's Hall of Fame

Posted: Updated:
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
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested in Minnesota, accused of killing Spokane boy

    Couple arrested in Minnesota, accused of killing Spokane boy

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:54 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:54:36 GMT

    FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Two people are in jail In Minnesota tonight, accused of murdering a little boy from Spokane. The little boy, 6-year-old Justis Burland, and his brother had been under their grandmother's care until last summer, when she signed over custody of them to a some old friends of hers in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Last week, police say Burland was taken to the hospital, but he was already dead and showing clear signs that he 

    >>

    FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Two people are in jail In Minnesota tonight, accused of murdering a little boy from Spokane. The little boy, 6-year-old Justis Burland, and his brother had been under their grandmother's care until last summer, when she signed over custody of them to a some old friends of hers in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Last week, police say Burland was taken to the hospital, but he was already dead and showing clear signs that he 

    >>
  • State findings show Pasco daycare not responsible for child eyebrow waxing incidents

    State findings show Pasco daycare not responsible for child eyebrow waxing incidents

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:30:39 GMT
    KNDUKNDU
    KNDUKNDU

    PASCO, Wash. - State findings show that a Pasco daycare isn't responsible for a February incident where two mothers claimed the facility waxed their children’s eyebrows without their permission, according to documents obtained by KIMA-TV.  The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center had been licensed for less than a year, and has had no 

    >>

    PASCO, Wash. - State findings show that a Pasco daycare isn't responsible for a February incident where two mothers claimed the facility waxed their children’s eyebrows without their permission, according to documents obtained by KIMA-TV.  The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center had been licensed for less than a year, and has had no 

    >>
  • Suspect wanted in Deer Park arrested in Stevens County after hours-long manhunt

    Suspect wanted in Deer Park arrested in Stevens County after hours-long manhunt

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:24:18 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - A manhunt that started in Deer Park has ended in Stevens County. Deputies say a man broke into multiple homes in the area of N. Sherman Rd. and W. Oregon Rd. in Deer Park. When a homeowner confronted him, the burglar punched the man in the face and took off.   Five different agencies joined in the search for him, using a helicopter and K-9's. The huge response paid off; detectives found him and booked him

    >>

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - A manhunt that started in Deer Park has ended in Stevens County. Deputies say a man broke into multiple homes in the area of N. Sherman Rd. and W. Oregon Rd. in Deer Park. When a homeowner confronted him, the burglar punched the man in the face and took off.   Five different agencies joined in the search for him, using a helicopter and K-9's. The huge response paid off; detectives found him and booked him

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Parkland shooting survivor speaks in Spokane

    Parkland shooting survivor speaks in Spokane

    Saturday, April 21 2018 2:29 AM EDT2018-04-21 06:29:06 GMT

    Spokane, Wash. It's been just over two months since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. One of the survivors 17-year-old Kai Koerber joined students in Spokane Friday afternoon to share his thoughts about gun violence in schools  "I am here because this is something that reaches across countries so going across the nation is not really a stretch for the depth of this movement," said Kai. Koerber hit many points in his speech...

    >>

    Spokane, Wash. It's been just over two months since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. One of the survivors 17-year-old Kai Koerber joined students in Spokane Friday afternoon to share his thoughts about gun violence in schools  "I am here because this is something that reaches across countries so going across the nation is not really a stretch for the depth of this movement," said Kai. Koerber hit many points in his speech...

    >>
  • State findings show Pasco daycare not responsible for child eyebrow waxing incidents

    State findings show Pasco daycare not responsible for child eyebrow waxing incidents

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:30 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:30:39 GMT
    KNDUKNDU
    KNDUKNDU

    PASCO, Wash. - State findings show that a Pasco daycare isn't responsible for a February incident where two mothers claimed the facility waxed their children’s eyebrows without their permission, according to documents obtained by KIMA-TV.  The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center had been licensed for less than a year, and has had no 

    >>

    PASCO, Wash. - State findings show that a Pasco daycare isn't responsible for a February incident where two mothers claimed the facility waxed their children’s eyebrows without their permission, according to documents obtained by KIMA-TV.  The daycare - a non-profit organization at Columbia Basin College - is licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning. The center had been licensed for less than a year, and has had no 

    >>
  • Boy's wallet lost in 1972 found behind lockers at Wenatchee pool

    Boy's wallet lost in 1972 found behind lockers at Wenatchee pool

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:06 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:06:35 GMT
    Stock imageStock image
    Stock imageStock image
    A wallet lost in 1972 has been found by a work crew in Wenatchee, who is updating part of the City of Wenatchee’s pool facility. According to Wenatchee World, the wallet belongs to Harry LaRue. Inside the worn leather wallet, crews found some family pictures, and a Boy Scout Card. The newspaper estimates that LaRue was about 10 when he lost the wallet and that he lived in East Wenatchee. The wallet was found behind the boys’ lockers at the city pool b...>>
    A wallet lost in 1972 has been found by a work crew in Wenatchee, who is updating part of the City of Wenatchee’s pool facility. According to Wenatchee World, the wallet belongs to Harry LaRue. Inside the worn leather wallet, crews found some family pictures, and a Boy Scout Card. The newspaper estimates that LaRue was about 10 when he lost the wallet and that he lived in East Wenatchee. The wallet was found behind the boys’ lockers at the city pool b...>>