Roper reins in McCann Award

His leadership and strong involvement in the community cited
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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Harvey Roper has been selected as the 2008 recipient of the Vernon Gould McCann Award for community service. Roper was pleased to learn he'd received the award. I'm extremely honored to even be considered in the parameters of what ˜Mac' McCann believed in and stood for, for Auburn, Roper said Monday afternoon, shortly after learning he'd been chosen for the award. Nomination letters written by community members cited a long list of ways Roper is involved with the community. Roper, who is vice president of Roper's Jewelers, is a 2006 Leadership Auburn graduate, serves on the economic development and endurance capital commissions, is an Auburn Chamber of Commerce board member and is president of the Downtown Business Association, among many other community involvements. His father, Ralph Roper, received the McCann Award in 1986. Community and service. Those two words describe Harvey as well as any, and he does both with such grace and respect, Auburn Journal Publisher Tony Hazarian said of Roper. His ongoing dedication to Auburn makes him the ideal recipient of the McCann Award. The McCann Award is the community's top honor. It will be celebrated at the State of the Community Dinner, scheduled for April 18 and sponsored by the Auburn Journal, the City of Auburn and Placer County. Also to be honored are the Business of the Year Award recipient, one city and county employee and Auburn-area residents who have contributed to the arts, education, agriculture and healthcare. The Journal's Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at, or comment online at