Every year, we recognize outstanding community members and volunteers from Union Park as part of the citywide Neighborhood Honor Roll Celebration. This year, UPDC has nominated Central Honors Philando, Chuck Sorlie, and Barb Thoman. Check out the nominee bios below!
The 2018 Neighborhood Honor Roll will be held on January 25th, 2019 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Woulfe Hall at the University of Saint Thomas. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available for purchase here. Check out the facebook event for more information!
2018 UPDC Neighborhood Honor Roll Nominees
CENTRAL HONORS PHILANDO
Central Honors Philando is an organization in its 3rd year. Comprised of eight Central High School classmates of Philando Castile, the organization has begun organizing a yearly summer event in his memory after his untimely death at the hands of a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, MN on July 6, 2016. At their 2018 event at Dunning Park, live music, bouncy castles, food and many non-profits encouraging community activism were present. Money raised during these events provides a one-time $5,000 college scholarship for central seniors. The organizers hope to raise much more money in the future.
2018 Central Honors Philando Committee: Karla Basta (2001), Greg Crockett (2002), Melinda Donaway (2001), Abby Heuckendorf (2001), Elliot Looney (2001), Adrian Perryman (2003), Alexandria Reyes (2002), Trevor Throntveit (2001), Tanea Womack (2001).
At age 29, Chuck Sorlie and his wife Mary, moved to Saint Paul in 1985 to accept the full-time youth pastor position at Central Baptist Church in the Midway area. He is also involved in the Ramsey County Juvenile Correctional System at Boys Totem Town and visits inmates at Minnesota Correctional Facilities Stillwater and Lino Lakes. He has led over 100 trips to the Boundary Waters for youth; last year he led his seventh mission trip to the Philippines and will lead his 17th missions trip for Youth to Mexico. He leads weekly Bible studies & Sunday programs, coordinates Friday clubs & Saturday basketball, mentors and reaches out to a diverse and eclectic youth culture, leads several retreats and trips through school year and summer, and partnerships with various organizations such as Samaritans Purse, Feed My Starving Children, and the Salvation Army, to provide “opportunities of service” for youth to be a part.
Barb was the co-founder and former Executive Director of Transit for Livable Communities, now Move Minnesota, where she worked for nearly 20 years. Prior to that, Barb was employed by state and county government working on solid waste management. Currently, Barb works part-time and has several volunteer commitments including chairing the Union Park District Council Transportation Committee as a community member.