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City names Darrah Volunteer of the Month

Jeff Darrah is named August’s Volunteer of the Month by Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring. - Courtesy photo.
Jeff Darrah is named August’s Volunteer of the Month by Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.
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MARYSVILLE — Mayor Jon Nehring recently honored Marysville resident Jeff Darrah as August’s Volunteer of the Month for his outstanding community service and volunteerism through the Marysville Sunrise Rotary Club, providing meals to the Salvation Army, and his contributions to young people in the community.

Darrah, who also serves as a member of the Marysville Sunrise Rotary Club, has been a well-recognized community member in Marysville through his business Bleachers Grill, once located on State Avenue, and now operating out of the city-owned Cedarcrest Golf Course.

In addition to feeding his customers at Bleachers Grill, Darrah generously provides meals to the public. He consistently offers to prepare and provide food for the Marysville Salvation Army dinner, an event that serves low-income families and individuals in the community. At the annual Shrimp Boil and Golf Tournament Fundraiser, organized by the Rotary Club, Darrah opens his outside patio area for the occasion, supplies unlimited servings of shrimp, and provides great service to all attendees.

Furthermore, he regularly promotes and rewards the volunteerism of other members in the community. Darrah has continued to donate food and beverages to all of the volunteers of Marysville’s annual Shred-A-Thon, an event that often attracts volunteer groups with heavy appetites, such as the Marysville-Pilchuck High School varsity football team and Naval Junior ROTC.

Earlier this year, he organized and hosted the first Divot Day, in which the Lakewood High School track and field team gave their time to fill in the problematic holes on Cedarcrest Golf Course, caused by harsh winter weather. As usual, he compensated the volunteers with free food, a meal consisting of tacos.

At a recent Marysville Sunrise Rotary Club breakfast meeting, Darrah, a father of three, to daughter Caitlyn, and sons Mitchell and Gavin, was honored with the Unsung Heroes award, a prize given to those who demonstrate outstanding service to the community without the expectation of receiving any reimbursement.

“Jeff’s actions and commitment make it obvious that he is proud to be a part of Marysville, and to help in any way he can to give back to his community, expecting no recognition or applause in return,” Nehring said of Darrah, who was nominated by HomeStreet Bank’s Marysville branch manager and fellow Rotary Club member, Marilyn Boe, who was honored for her own volunteer services in November of last year.

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