Lithia Leader, 2022 Oregon Story Winner | News
Portland, OR — Visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist
That’s how the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) describes Ashland’s Sid DeBoer as one of its 2022 Oregon History Maker winners. The selected honor goes to just three individual Oregonians this year.
OHS says that “Growing up in a large family in Ashland, where he and his siblings worked at their father’s Lithia Motors dealership, Sid DeBoer learned the auto business from the ground up. When he took over the company after his father’s death in 1968, DeBoer created his own legacy by making Lithia Motors a symbol of hard work, honor and family – with nearly 300 locations, it’s now the third largest automotive retailer in the United States. Believing that greatness is not determined by what you have, but by what you give, DeBoer is the founder and president of the Sid and Karen DeBoer Foundation, which supports mentorship programs for youth, hospitals, arts, cancer research and universities, among other good causes. DeBoer is also the founder of Lithia4Kids, an initiative dedicated to teaching, inspiring, empowering and empowering today’s youth through more than $5 million in donations to organizations and programs that enrich the lives of children and their families that is.”
First celebrated in 2009, the annual Oregon History Makers Awards & Dinner recognizes contemporary individuals and organizations that positively shape Oregon’s history, culture, and landscape.
“Past and present recipients of the Oregon History Makers Award represent the best our state has to offer,” said Kerry Tymchuk, executive director of the OHS Boyle Family. “Margaret Carter, Sid DeBoer, Dr. William Long and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra have all made Oregon better and all deserve the title ‘History Maker’.”
The Oregon Historical Society will celebrate the 2022 Oregon History Makers Awards & Dinner on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the Portland Art Museum. The event also supports the important work of the Oregon Historical Society to collect, preserve and interpret Oregon’s past.
Fellow honoree Margaret Carter was elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives in 1984 as the first black woman from Oregon to be elected to the state legislature. She served seven additional terms in the Oregon House of Representatives and eight years in the Oregon State Senate, where she became the first black woman to serve as interim president in 2005. Carter has served as president and CEO of the Portland Urban League. from 1999 to 2002 and Deputy Director of Social Services Programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services from 2009 to 2014.
William B. Long, MD will be honored as Medical Director of Trauma at Emanuel Hospital in Portland for 35 years, beginning in 1983. OHS says, “Long-formed coalitions with police, first responders, paramedics, nurses, and medical and surgical specialists to create the first statewide trauma system in the United States, leading the Journal of the American Medical Association to cite Oregon as having the most comprehensive trauma system in the nation.”
Oregon Symphony is the winner of OHS’ 2022 Oregon History Maker organization. OHS states, “Founded in 1896, the Oregon Symphony is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States and the oldest in the western United States…The Oregon Symphony is renowned for its many innovative community partnerships, where the musicians leave the concert hall and perform. in classrooms, nursing homes and community centers. Through its many programs, the Oregon Symphony inspires young people, promotes lifelong learning, and brings joyful music to more than 250,000 people each year and reaches millions through streaming and digital.
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