Making a difference in Marana

Know someone in Marana who is improving the community? Nominate him or her for the  Town’s Branding Iron or Ora Mae Harn Crystal Legacy award.

The individual Branding Iron Award is given to a person who has made a lasting impact, provided outstanding service and/or shown a commitment to improving the lives of others. The organization honor goes to a nominee that has strengthened the health and safety of Marana through partnerships, innovation, perseverance and/or contributes to the social and economic diversity of the community.

The Ora Mae Harn Crystal Legacy Award recognizes individuals or businesses that promote the “Matriarch of Marana’s” commitment to the ideals of the Town and enhance its image through exemplary volunteer service. Harn served on Town Council from 1985-2001 and was mayor on two occasions. She helped start and was later director of the MaranaHealthCenter. She was instrumental in the formation of the Marana Community Food Bank and was one of the founding members of the Marana Rotary Club. She also founded and served as the first president of the Marana Heritage Conservancy.

RetiredTown of Marana General Manager for Public Services Barbara Johnson (individual) and Sargent Aerospace & Defense (organization) won last year’s Branding Iron Awards. Former Marana Heritage Conservancy President John Officer earned the Ora Mae Harn Crystal Legacy Award.

Nominations are due by Oct. 15; awards will be presented during the Annual Rotary Heritage Awards Dinner on Oct. 25. For more information and nomination forms, please visit

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