"He is the Executive Director of Main Stage Creative Community Center and director of the afterschool program at the elementary school.
"Gary constantly meets with the school board, teachers and parents, and takes lots of time to meet with the students. He has brought in local artists to teach art classes, as well as dance, theater, gardening and The Great Outdoors.
"He is cool, courageous and committed. One of the best people I know is Mr. Gary," his nominator wrote.