The Indiana County Tourist Bureau and well-known Indiana community figures Carson Greene Jr. and Carl Kologie will be the recipients of the 2013 George Bailey Award.
The James M. Stewart Museum Foundation annually presents the Bailey Award to special friends of the Jimmy Stewart Museum, in Indiana, and to those who share the values and integrity of the film star.
Pauline Simms, president of the board of directors of the museum foundation, also confirmed that celebrity impersonator Rich Little and Judy Stewart, Jimmy Stewart’s daughter, will present the awards during a dinner ceremony Nov. 23 at Rustic Lodge in White Township.
Simms said the board was pleased to honor the tourist bureau and Greene and Kologie, who have been long-serving museum board members.
The Indiana County Tourist Bureau recently marked its 50th anniversary and has been credited with bringing thousands of visitors to Indiana County.
“The bureau has made significant efforts in expanding its member base and in the effective promotion of all that is fun, good and interesting about this great county,” Simms said in a statement announcing the award recipients.
Greene was a founding board member of the museum foundation and has been active and involved in the community for decades.
He has held a broad range of civic and business leadership positions, including serving as president of the museum board for three terms.
Greene retired from Pennsylvania American Water Company after 33 years, then went on to serve as a senior vice president at First Commonwealth Bank for 11 years. He also served as chairman of the board of Indiana Regional Medical Center, was a past president and is now the vice president of the Indiana County Development Corporation. He was also a past chairman of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the board of the Indiana County Endowment, a fund started with a $500,000 gift from the estate of Jimmy Stewart.
Kologie was managing editor of the Indiana Gazette for many years and continues to write a weekly column for the newspaper. He also served seven years on the museum foundation’s board of directors, with two terms as president, and is now the vice president.
He has also been both president and vice president of the United Way of Indiana County, and in 2007 he was named Indiana County Civic Leader of the Year.
He also served on American Red Cross disaster teams, was a founding member of the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame and was president more than 10 years. He sat on the boards of the Indiana Jaycees, the Indiana County Community Action Program, the Indiana County Conservation District, the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and the Indiana County Parks and Recreation Commission.
He served in the U.S. Army in Korea and was a member of the 7th Infantry Division Band.
Kologie is also well-known for acting as master of ceremonies at regional events for many years.
The museum foundation created the Bailey Award to complement its Harvey Award, which recognizes achievement in entertainment.
Previous Bailey Award winners include Rich Little; Nick Clooney; Kathryn Crosby, widow of Bing Crosby; longtime museum supporter and impersonator Chris Collins; and the Indiana Fire Association. The 2012 Bailey Award honored the museum’s media friends: John Yang, NBC News anchor; Barb Vancheri, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette entertainment editor; Tony Renda, of Renda Broadcasting; Michael Donnelly, president and publisher of The Indiana Printing and Publishing Co.; and Jim Palmieri, of Indiana Community TV.
In addition to presenting the awards at the dinner Nov. 23, Rich Little and Judy Stewart will be the grand marshals of the Light-Up Night Parade the evening before in downtown Indiana, and will light the Christmas tree in front of the Indiana County Court House to kick off Indiana’s yuletide festivities.
Reservations for the Bailey Award presentation, including hors d’oeuvres, dinner, the ceremony and a cash bar, may be made by calling (724) 349-6112. Tickets are $45 per person.