Foundation Dedicates the Holcomb Youth Hero Statue
Bob and Billie Holcomb established the “Bob & Billie Holcomb Youth Hall of Fame Fund” with a $50,000 gift to the Benton County Foundation on December 24, 1998.
This fund creates the Youth Hero Award which provides a significant monetary amount (currently $5,000) to young people ages 8-18 years of age who live in Benton County and have demonstrated exceptional acts of courage and bravery. The sculpture “Moment of Decision”, located at the entrance of the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis, depicts a youth suspended in that split second of time between decision and indecision.
The sculpture addresses the aspirations of the Bob & Billie Holcomb Family Youth Hero Award, which fosters awareness of the heroic deeds of Benton County youth and honors individuals who exemplify bravery through their courageous actions. Artist Ellen Tykeson chose a figurative idea to foster an emotional communication through the sculpture in hopes of capturing the imagination of the young people passing by it each day.
Thank you to the Holcomb Youth Hero Statue Committee:
Steve Bason – CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis
Hester Coucke – Corvallis Arts Center
Rob Gardner – Retired Judge, BCF Board Member
Larry Holcomb – Holcomb Family, President of Rotary Club of Corvallis
Cy Stadsvold – Corvallis Architect
Saralyn Hilde – Art Consultant/Facilitator for the Committee
And special appreciation and thanks to Pete Sekermestrovich (Broker, Town & Country Realty, BCF Board President) for his efforts to drive the vision of a Holcomb Youth Hero statue and to the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors for providing an excellent location to display and stimulate thought about the “Moment of Decision.”