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Riks Siemons – 2017 Lee Toy Award Recepient

Riks Siemons exemplifies everything that this prestigious award represents. The artistry and the generosity of Lee Toy himself are standards by which Riks Siemons has carved his place within kiting. For well over 30 years, Riks Siemons has set the bar, raised the bar,...
2015 – Bobby Stanfield

2015 – Bobby Stanfield

Nomination letter: This nominee’s innovative designs have been admired world wide and have inspired many people to build on his contribution. From his methodical cleaness of design to his innovative contribution of connectors, this nominee has given the kite...
2014 – Christian Baden Powell

2014 – Christian Baden Powell

Nomination letter: Lee Toy – the name carries the creativity, the enthusiasm, and the sheer joy of life that Leland wore and shared during his much- too-short life. To do anything in his name requires one’s very deep consideration, a direct intention, and a respect to...
2013 – Deb Cooley

2013 – Deb Cooley

Nomination letter: We had a hard time finding just the right award to attribute to Deb Cooley because as we read the qualifications over and over she just fit all categories of all three awards. We finally settled on the Lee Toy Award because Deb has a special place...

2012 – Robert Brasington

Nomination letter: Robert Brasington’s love of architecture and nature are the foundation for his designs and keen use of color gradients resulting in a recognizable, unique and innovative style.  He has designed and produced literally hundreds of different kites. ...