The 25th anniversary of the Jesse Owens Games began with a kickoff celebration and tribute to late Madera City Councilman Sam Armentrout, who was an enthusiastic advocate of the games.
Games director Donald Holley presented Armentrout’s widow, Susan, with a plaque commemorating his longtime support for the track and field event for the youth of Madera. Armentrout died of cancer in May 2011.
During the event at McNally Park on Saturday, other awards and commendations were given by Mayor Brett Frazier, Supervisors Max Rodriguez and Tom Wheeler, Madera Parks and Community Services Director Mary Anne Seay, Police Chief Michael Kime, Madera County Superintendent of Schools Cecilia Massetti, and others.
Also in attendance were Mayor Pro Tem Andy Medellin, City Councilmen Gary Svanda and Robert Poythress, District Attorney Michael Keitz, Chamber CEO Debi Bray, and Planning Commissioner Jack Perialis...