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Posted on: July 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Cornerstone Tribute award honors community contributions

Cornerstone Tribute Award

Nothing highlights a community like the people who live there. The Cornerstone Tribute award recognizes people in the community who work to make Castle Rock a better place to live. Two new recipients were recently announced – Jerry Potter and Dennis Carnahan. Permanent signs were installed at Centennial and Rock parks in their honor.

Town Council created the Cornerstone Tribute award in 2007, to recognize individuals and organizations that help the Town reach the four cornerstones of its vision – Town identity, community planning, community service and local economy.

Gerald “Jerry” F. Potter served on the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 1964 to 1975. Additionally, Potter served as a member of the Castle Rock Volunteer Fire Department from 1964 to 1986 and was elected Fire Chief in 1971 and 1978. In 1963, Potter helped coordinate Castle Rock’s Starlighting Ceremony, and as a volunteer firefighter, he replaced the bulbs on the Star atop the Rock. He is credited for being a champion of community spirit, and was recognized for his lifelong commitment to serving the community and for his instrumental role in the creation of Centennial Park.

Dennis Carnahan volunteered with the Town for more than 16 years and is a founding member of the Keepers of the Rock volunteer group. The group conducts monthly restoration days at Rock Park in coordination with Castle Rock Teen Court. As part of the program, Carnahan led first-time juvenile offenders who were completing community service as part of the Teen Court program. Through the Town’s volunteer program POST Partners, Carnahan also helped maintain more than 1.4 miles of trail and 62 acres of open space as part of his volunteer work.

Town Council awarded both men the Cornerstone Tribute award to recognize their significant contributions to the Castle Rock community. Learn more at

The Cornerstone Tribute program is currently not accepting new nominations. Past honorees are Dan Burgess, who served on Town Council from 1978 to 1986 and made significant contributions to the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce; Kent Brandebery, who founded the Castle Rock Band; Lionel and Star Oberlin, who worked to preserve local history; and Mayor Ray Waterman, who in addition to twice serving on Town Council was a teacher and football coach at Douglas County High School.

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