For the last 23 years the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce  has honored people in the community for their community service.  The Ted Robertson Community Service Award was named after the late publisher of the Yakima Herald  Republic. On Thursday the Chamber held a news conference and announced that Greg and Jan Luring are the recipients of the 2013 Ted Robertson award.   For 33 years the Luring's have operated McDonald's franchises in the Yakima Valley and have helped to support dozens of local

This year's recipients, having been in business in the Yakima Valley for the last 33 years, have supported dozens of local organizations through time, funding, and leadership.

Organizations benefitting from their community service are almost too many to name. The valley's pre-schools, grade schools and high schools, valley sports teams, Allied Arts, Rotary , United Way, Red Cross, YMCA, YWCA, Comprehensive Mental Health, KYVE, Yakima Symphony, Visitors and Convention Bureau , La Casa Hogar, Junior League, The Community Foundation, Heritage College, The Seasons, YVCC, Central WA Osteopathic School, Warehouse Theater, numerous churches, Boy Scouts, Booster Clubs, Parker Youth Sports Foundation, Yakima Schools Foundation, McDonald's Care Mobile, and more.

Greg is the Founder and has been President of the Rotary Trust. He has been President of the Yakima Downtown Rotary and is presently District Governor Elect. On two separate occasions he has planned 13 new schools and ran two political campaigns to pass the bond.

Jan has served on over 12 boards and President of several to compile over 50 years of board services. She was Business Women of the Year in 1990 and started the Sunrise Rotary Speech contest for youth that same year. She has successfully, chaired auctions for KYVE, Heritage College, Junior League, United Way of Central WA and big tickets items for Rotary and others.

Greg and Jan are personally thrilled with the gift to children through their involvement with Junior Achievement. 12000 children access additional learning skills through this program in Central WA.

The Luring's have received numerous awards, however the most prestigious is the Ronald McDonald Award for community service. It is the highest honor McDonald's can bestow upon an owner operator. Only one is given in a 5 state region and they have received it twice.

The Luring's will be honored at the annual Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Awards Black and White Gala on Thursday November 7th at the Yakima Convention Center.