Russ and Pat Barrios were named the 2015 Citizens of the Year at Orange's State of the City event.
By Sentry Staff
With great fanfare, Pat and Russ Barrios were jointly named as the “2015 Citizen of the Year” by Chamber of Commerce representative Gary Remland during the Orange State of the City event, March 24.
The couple was described as a partnership, and Remland highlighted a few of their many contributions to the community since first moving to the city in 1973.
Together and between them, their credits include: helped revive the Orange International Street Fair, serving on the board and as president; first Latino elected to the OUSD Board of Trustees; founding member of the Old Towne Preservation Association; instrumental in the effort to put Old Towne into the National Registry of Historic Places; formed the Pitcher Park Community Foundation, and created the Pitcher Park Persimmon Party, now it its 22nd year, as well as Pixies in the Park, A Fairy Party. In addition, the couple has also aided the YWCA, Beverly’s House, the Friendly Center, and Orange High School Future Farmers of America.
The Barrios, now entering their 70th year, are still active, and partners in all they do. Russ can be seen every Saturday at the Orange Home Grown Farmer’s Market, and Pat is already planning the 23rd annual Persimmon Party.