2017 Grand Marshalls - Sam & Vickie Mills
Sam and Vickie Mills are both homegrown Wenatchee residents, and this community runs deep within their blood. They have been married for over 40 years, and have both happily resided in this valley all their lives. This place is more than a home to them, it is the community they love and serve.
Sam, the oldest of five boys, grew up knowing that the family business was something he might like to do. He left Wenatchee for Seattle University, and graduated with a degree in General Studies in 1970. When he returned to the valley, he began to work for his father, Sam Mills Sr and his partner Jim Mills, second generation owners of the family business, Mills Bros. Sam officially took over in 1983, and ran Mills Bros until retiring and closing the store December of 2016. The business was owned and operated by the Mills family for 110 years.
Vickie, born Vickie Carol O’Dell is the middle of 3 children. She was raised in Wenatchee, and attended college at Washington State University after completing one year at Wenatchee Valley College. She graduated in December of 1973 with a degree in Education. When she returned to the valley, she began working for Central Washington Bank. After several years in the banking industry, Vickie began working at Mills Bros in 1988. She spent the rest of her career there until the close of the business last year.
Through the years, Sam and Vickie have both been involved with multiple boards and commissions, supported community organizations such as the Wenatchee Downtown Association and the Performing Arts Center, and sponsored countless community sports teams and fundraisers. They are involved members of this community and in their own words want it to remain as great a place for the future as it has been all their lives. This year they received the Heart of Downtown award from the Wenatchee Downtown Association, and in 2015 were presented the Legacy Award by the Chamber of Commerce.
Sam and Vickie were married in March of 1974 at Holy Apostles Church in East Wenatchee. They raised three children and now enjoy five grandchildren. In their retirement, they hope to travel and spend time with their grandchildren, who all live locally.
2016 Grand Marshal - Mark L. Donald
The Apple Blossom Festival is proud to announce the Grand Marshal for this year is Mark Donald, the most decorated Physician Assistant in the history of the United States Navy.
A former Navy SEAL and frontline medical provider Mark understands how to overcome adversity, and critical decision-making in the high stress environment. His book BATTLE READY – Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic, which is currently being developed by Joe Carnahan, writer and director of The Black List and State of Affairs, into a television series describing his life in special operations and the difficulties he faced with Post-Traumatic Stress.
A loyal advocate for America’s service members Mark devotes a great deal of his time supporting the veteran community. He’s served on the Board of Directors of the Legion of Valor, the Special Operations Medical Association and as the Commander of Military Order of Purple Heart for the Department of Virginia. Currently, Mark is President of JIC Global; a Virginia based consulting firm specializing in global health, workforce development and cross-cultural outreach strategies.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Science, and a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. His military decorations include the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V” for combat distinction, the Purple Heart, the Special Warfare (SEAL) breast insignia, the Honduran Medal of Merit and various other personal, unit and campaign awards.
Mark is married to Korrina R. Donald. They have two grown children, a son serving in the Marine Corps and a daughter competing in track at Texas A&M
Mark will be honored and speak at The All Service Club Luncheon which is open to the public. Tickets are $25 for a single ticket and $225 for a Table of 10 at www.appleblossom.org, at the Festival Office (2 S. Chelan Ave.) or by calling 509.662.3616.