Keystone Awards Celebrate Those Who Make Sheridan Better

Portraits of this year's Keystone Award recipients were set up for the reception at 5:30 p.m. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Portraits of this year's Keystone Award recipients were set up for the reception at 5:30 p.m. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The Keystone Awards are a celebration of those who, in the words of Rindy West, chair of the Keystone Committee, donate their hearts and souls to make Sheridan and Sheridan County a better place to live.

This year was no exception as people gathered at the WYO Theater downtown Thursday night to honor this year's Keystone recipients. The honorees included Reta Onstott, Jim Wilson, and Jacomien Mars, widow of the late Forrest E. Mars. And Forrest Mars was also honored, posthumously, as a Keystone recipient for the role he played in his and his wife's philanthropy.

Jacomien Mars said the event was pretty exciting, and she was very honored to be part of it. Onstott was also excited, but she said she's a private person, and the magnitude of the celebration surprised her.

Wilson said he was feeling overwhelmed by the award.

Wilson was in education for 26 years, then served as Sheridan mayor for eight years. The Keystone Awards are a fundraiser for the Sheridan Senior Center, and Center Executive Director Carmen Rideout explained how those funds are used.

Rideout said the awards were started in 2011, and she remembered being told by one person that they might not get honorees for the award every year. But she said there are so many wonderful people to honor in the community, that she sees the awards continuing for many years to come.

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Keystone Award recipient Reta Onstott, center, talks with attendees during the reception in the Mars Theater. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Keystone Award recipient Reta Onstott, center, talks with attendees during the reception in the Mars Theater. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of those attending Thursday's event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Some of those attending Thursday's event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Portraits of past Keystone honorees were posted in the Mars Theater. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Portraits of past Keystone honorees were posted in the Mars Theater. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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