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Dan Murphy named Tigard's 2016 First Citizen

MurphyDan Murphy, the founder and general manager of Tigard’s Broadway Rose Theatre Company, can add another award to his long list of accomplishments.

On Thursday, actor and director was named Tigard’s First Citizen by the Tigard Chamber of Commerce.

The award is the highest honor among the Chamber’s Shining Stars community awards.

You can meet the rest of the 2016 Chamber Shining Stars award winners by clicking here.

The First Citizen award is given to residents who make in-depth, long-term contributions to the Tigard community.

That sums up Murphy in a nutshell, said Chamber CEO Debi Mollahan.

“For the last 20+ years, Dan has been engaged in the fabric of the Tigard community on a variety of volunteer levels,” Mollahan said.

Murphy is probably best known for his work at Broadway Rose, the city’s professional theater company on Southwest Grant Avenue.

Murphy has been producing live theater for more than two decades and co-founded Broadway Rose Theatre Company in 1992 with his wife, Sharon Maroney.

The theater is known for its musical theater, offering eight plays each year, along with a workshop for local teens.

The largest professional musical theater in the region, Broadway Rose plays an important role in enriching the community’s local culture, Mollahan said, drawing crowds from across the Portland area and drawing audiences from as far away as Eugene, Hood River and Longview, Wash.

In 2009, Broadway Rose was named Business of the Year by the Chamber.

But Mollahan said that Murphy’s contributions to Tigard reach farther than Broadway Rose’s stage.

“Dan has helped increase the visibility of Tigard within the Portland Metro area,” Mollahan said. “His impact has been and is being felt in a variety of areas to our community.”

Murphy has been a member of the Tigard Noon Rotary for the past 14 years, he’s served on the Chamber’s board of directors, volunteers with Meals on Wheels for the Tigard Senior Center, volunteers with the Tigard-Tualatin School District, the Washington County Visitors Association, Tigard High Scholastic Achievement Banquet, Community Partners for Affordable Housing and the Tigard Downtown Task Force.

Murphy is a board member for the Portland Area Theatre Alliance and was knighted as a Royal Rosarian last year.

Community Improvement/Investment

• Dan was a member of the city appointed Tigard Downtown task force that was responsible for major input in the Tigard Downtown Improvement plan. Task Force activities included public workshops and surveys, monthly meetings, creation of a vision for Downtown 20-30 years out, guiding principles for evaluating options and more during 2004-2005. The results of the task force work are still being used today to transform downtown.

• As Tigard Chamber board chair, was pivotal in helping transition the 20 year old Tigard Farmers Market from founding management to new management, maintaining a key community gem, now entering its 24th year.

• Volunteer Master of Ceremonies for the last 10 years of the annual Tigard Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration.

Helping local non-profits grow and advance their cause

• Facility use for Good Neighbor Center homeless shelter's annual fundraiser "In Other Words" for the last 5 years.

• Master of Ceremonies for Community Partners for Affordable Housing's Homeword Bound annual fundraiser for the last 7 years.

• Venue for Tigard Chamber events including Good Morning Tigard Networking, Holiday Happy Hours, Tigard Young Professionals and G.E.T. Connected events creating a great atmosphere for networking and education.

• Volunteer delivery driver for Tigard Senior Center Meals on Wheels for more than 6 years

• Board member of Tigard Chamber for 8 years, serving as Chair for three years.

• Board Member, Washington County Visitors Association


• Volunteer Art Literacy teacher at Durham Elementary for 10 years.

• Coordinator/Administrator and Master of Ceremonies for the Tigard Rotary Scholastic Achievement Banquet for 13 years.

• Producer for 14 years of the Tualatin High annual musical with hundreds of hours of donated time not covered by a stipend.

• Supports the Tigard Young Professionals Educational Breakfasts held 5-6 times/year by coming in early, opening his facility and staying for the speaker.

Greater good/advocacy

Moderator for city and federal elections debates/forums at the Broadway Rose providing a comfortable, welcoming central venue and a way for citizens to make an informed vote.

• 2012 1st Congressional District debate between candidates Suzenne Bonamici and Rob Cornilles

• 2012 Tigard mayoral debate

• 2014 Tigard City Council forum

"As you can see by Dan's investment in his community he is a big proponent of giving back on many levels whether of his time, his talent or a venue that he manages," Mollahan said. "He is upbeat, kind and always willing to help. As a fellow non-profit leader, he has a heart for the non-profits in his community helping them advance their cause through his assistance. He has engaged and become a part of the fabric of Tigard reaching beyond just the arts, focused on the community whether visioning for downtown Tigard, supporting education, ensuring the sustainability of the Tigard Farmers Market or helping organizations that serve those less fortunate."

Murphy's award will be formally presented with other Shining Stars awards at 2016 Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration, on April 29th at Embassy Suites, 9000 S.W. Hall Blvd.

Tickets are $45 per person.

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