Legacy Awards

These special awards are presented in recognition for outstanding achievement over the course of a career.

2014 – Bonnie Hagan

Bonnie HaganBonnie Hagan is unfailingly the single nicest person to work with in all of PPW, and is the most enthusiastic supporter of the conference. She has more tact and grace under pressure than most professional diplomats. Despite her ability to knuckle down and get things done, she’s also got a tremendous, fast and smart sense of humor, and a keen sense of how to bring people together. She’s thoughtful of others and quick to lead the cheers for others’ successes, while rarely taking credit for all the hard work she’s done. Legacy award? We think she needs her own shrine.

Bonnie doesn’t just remember names and faces, she remembers the nuances. She extrapolates what has happened in the past and uses it to project for the future. She’s sincere, approachable and has been doing an outstanding job for PPW for many years, as Pitch Coordinator, Conference Director and Board Member. As one PPW member said, “I’d like to be her when I grow up.”


Chris Mandeville2012 – Chris Mandeville

Chris Mandeville’s absolute devotion to Pikes Peak Writers is amazing. Over the past year she has worked ardently, not only as Community Liaison, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President, but also on a dizzying variety of behind-the-scenes tasks such as maintaining our bookstore, organizing holiday book sales, and pursuing a number of fundraising endeavors. She is always looking for ways to grow our group by helping and reaching out to as many writers as possible. It’s obvious that Chris cares deeply about Pikes Peak Writers, and she deserves our utmost gratitude.

 


2011 – Chris Myers

In addition to having served on the PPW Board of Directors, Chris Myers has contributed to almost every aspect of Pikes Peak Writers, both in the trenches and at the highest levels of planning and decision making.  At PPW events, if you look hard you’ll often find her behind-the-scenes doing un-sung but absolutely necessary jobs.  Always logical, ever-dependable, and incredibly hard-working, “ChrisM2″ has been a steadfast long-term volunteer, all while developing her craft and staying on top of publishing industry news and trends, completing numerous manuscripts, maintaining a full-time job, and being a dedicated wife and mother.  She has earned this Legacy Award, along with the respect and gratitude of her PPW peers, for her significant contributions to Pikes Peak Writers over the course of a long volunteer tenure.


Laura Hayden2010 – Laura Hayden

Once upon a time in the history of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Laura Hayden was crowned “Queen of the Universe.”  Literally, a tiara was put upon her head, a sash was draped from her shoulder, and a customized rendition of the “Miss America” song was belted in her honor in front of a banquet hall of writers and publishing professionals.  So how do you top that?  We on the PPW Board of Directors had to figure that out after the Queen gifted PPW and PPWC with a universe worth of royal favors.  So in 2010 we bestowed upon her the greatest honor in all the PPW Land:  a Legacy Award honoring her for the hard work, brilliant ideas, savvy decisions and plucky leadership that she has graced us with over the course of her reign.  Long live the Queen!


Linda Rohrbough2009 – Linda Rohrbough – NewsMag Legacy Special Award

PPW would like to recognize an individual who has a distinguished record of high quality writing, dedication to the NewsMag, and—again—a habit of beating deadlines. To honor her years of NewsMag contributions, most recently with her column, “The Business of Writing”, we’d like to present this NewsMag Legacy Award to Linda Rohrbough.

 


Duncan Mandeville2009 – Duncan Mandeville – Youth Volunteer Special Award

Duncan attends most Write Brains and quarterly workshops where he:

  1. Sets up tables and chairs.
  2. Prepares really good coffee.
  3. Bravely serves as a lemonade taster.
  4. Rolls around the evil red cart (the bookstore).
  5. Runs the cash register at the bookstore.
  6. Is friendly and courteous to everyone.
  7. Tears down the aforementioned tables and chairs.

Bottom line, Duncan does everything that needs doing willingly and with a smile. He relieves the NCE crew of most of the hard physical labor, and gives us tremendous peace  of mind in knowing that he’ll be there, that he’ll work hard, and that he’ll make sure everything is done right. The monthly Write Brains and quarterly workshops just wouldn’t be possible without him.

If it wouldn’t embarrass him, we’d tell him we love him. :-)


Charlie Rush2008 – Charlie Rush

Charlie Rush retired from the PPW Board of Directors in 2008, after being an invaluable asset to the organization for a number of years. Charlie defined many of the strategies that helped PPW grow into one of the most respected writers’ organizations in the country, and built PPWC’s reputation as the friendliest conference around. We could fill a book with Charlie’s accomplishments, and we’re exceptionally fortunate that he will still be available as an advisor and mentor in his retirement.

Help Us Improve

We want your experience here on our web site to be a good one. Use the form below to send us any comments, questions, or feedback about the information you find here.
Thanks!

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Message

Input this code: captcha