Additional PARA Staff Feted with Awards

Additional PARA Staff Feted with Awards

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority announces three staff awards in golf, tennis and advertising leadership. 


“These awards demonstrate a high level of skill and commitment from PARA to deliver top quality programs and services,” said Executive Director Gary Minor. “These three awards, in addition to three awards received in January from the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association, mark an excellent year for PARA. Our community can be proud of the award-winning park and recreation services provided in our city and county,” he said.


John Gray, head professional at Ol’ Colony Golf was awarded the “Bill Strausbaugh Award” from the Alabama/Northwest Florida Section Professional Golfers’ Association or PGA. The award is presented to a PGA Professional who by their day-to-day efforts has distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals and through service to the community. 


The award was presented during the Section meeting on February 10 at Wynlakes Country

Club in Montgomery. The Section consists of over 400 members and associates in the state of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle and exists to support its members who are the driving force to growing the sport and business of golf.


Mike Goldammer, director of tennis at Tuscaloosa Tennis Center was presented with the “USTA Alabama Tennis Professional of the Year Award,” by the United States Tennis Association Alabama Awards Committee for outstanding leadership in teaching the game of tennis and to promote and develop the growth of tennis. 


This award was presented on February 15 at the Vestavia Country Club during the USTA Annual meeting. USTA Alabama serves 11,400 adult and junior members in the state composed of individuals from private clubs and public organizations.


Bradlee Colburn, marketing and sales specialist, was named “AAF Ad Person of the Year,” by the American Advertising Federation of Tuscaloosa in recognition for a significant level of commitment and embodiment of the AAF motto to be a unifying voice for advertising. The award was presented on February 21 during the annual American Advertising Awards Gala held at UA’s Ferguson Center.


The American Advertising Awards, home of the ADDY® Award, is one of the industry's largest creative competitions, attracting nearly 35,000 professional and student entries each year through competitions offered through local AAF clubs. The mission of the American Advertising Awards is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in advertising.