Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Sat, August 11 2012 at 6:33 PM, Updated: Sat, August 11 2012 at 6:51 PM
Hundreds of people filled the lawn at Riverside Park, all to celebrate Brady Adams.
"I'm very honored and humbled by the experience and grateful that so many people are here to share it with me," said Adams.
He's a well-known philanthropist in Grants Pass. Residents describe him as someone who has always given back.
"His support of artists, support of nonprofits, it's just made the community healthier," said event organizer Jon Jordan.
For 40-years Adams acted as President then Executive Vice President of the Evergreen Federal Bank, served on 20 local non-profits, and created more than 50 community projects. But his reach touched Salem as well where he served for 8-years in the Oregon Senate.
"He's a man who cares about his community. He epitomizes public service," said Oregon Representative Greg Walden.
"My whole life has been involved with that type of activity. So i think i'm one of the luckiest people in the world," said Adams.
He considers himself lucky to help others, but today he felt even luckier when a bronze bust was unveiled. It was meant to honor Adams for years to come.
"I've just seen all the things he's done for the community...we need a reminder for future generations," said Jordan.
But if you ask Brady Adams, it's not about him. It's about the community that's helped him contribute, make a difference and make his dreams come true.
The bust will be placed at the Taprock Northwest Grill in Grants Pass.
Brady Adams suffers from Parkinson's Disease but he says that's not stopping him from continuing to give back to the community.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.