Reliable, dependable, and extraordinary. John Bauer, the consummate cleanup hitter and 2011 Axel W. Carlson Award winner, was honored by over 100 friends and family members gathered at Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park the evening of Friday, July 29th.
Since 1986, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has paid tribute to unsung heroes of our community through the Axel W. Carlson Award. Robert Young, Chairman of the award’s selection committee stated, “once again the committee knocked this out of the park.” John Bauer was nominated for this award by Miles Lasser.
The Axel W. Carlson Award winners are individuals that have made significant contributions through their efforts while neither receiving nor expecting reward or recognition.
Randy Sweeney, Executive Director of the Community Foundation, was pleased to announce that John Bauer’s name will be added to the Axel W. Carlson team roster.
Appreciative representatives from the Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series Committee, Jamestown World Series of Cars, the YMCA, Reg Lenna Civic Center, Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, Lucy-Desi Center, Falconer Kiwanis, Drama Enrichment Program, Jamestown High School musicals, Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation, Jamestown Parks & Recreation Commission, Holy Family Catholic Academy, Labor Day Festival Committee, and the Allen Park East Egg Hunt Committee were among those gathered for a meet and greet to honor John.
John Bauer, a Depew native, came to Jamestown to attend Jamestown Community College and has never left. Mr. Bauer has made it well known that his daughter Ashley is an enormous inspiration to him. Ashley, in return, says that he is her “All-Star” Dad.
At the awards ceremony John received a proclamation from Jamestown Mayor Samuel Teresi and Chautauqua County Executive Gregory J. Edwards. John also received a $1,000 award. In addition, the Community Foundation presented donations to six charities in his honor.
On July 29th, John Bauer was in the spotlight at the ballpark. On July 30th, he returns to his humble position as cleanup hitter on many teams because of his ability to get the job done. Click on the link to watch John throw out the first pitch at the Jammers game on July 29th.