2009 Awards: Greg Pawlica

Greg Pawlica is a doer. He has been on the Board of the Steppin’ Out Foundation which hosts the annual AIDS walk for many years. He has been an active member and board member of the Ferndale Community Foundation for several years and is a member of the Ferndale Police and Fire board. Greg is the kind of person who can be counted on to help with whatever cause needs a helping hand – the Pub Crawl and Annual Blues Festival are just a couple examples of events that have been the beneficiaries of Greg’s energy and enthusiasm.

When my brother, a member of the 338th Army Band, approached me about doing a free concert in Ferndale, I called Greg. Greg immediately offered his assistance. In fact, he did all of the advertising, posters, and press releases, and anything else we asked him to do and more. That successful concert would never have happened without Greg.

Greg also comes equipped with his own tuxedo! A very warm and gracious man, he utilized his talents at the microphone recently to MC both the FernCare’s for Music at AJS Cafe and the FernCare Dinner fundraiser. Both events were a huge success, in large part to Greg’s gentle guidance and confidence.

Beyond the events and committees that Greg has been involved in, it is his genuine personal concern for other people in Ferndale that makes him truly a good neighbor. We hear that it is not unusual for Greg to call on some of his older neighbors just to make sure they are okay during some of our wicked Michigan winter days.