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Truckee business, residents honored at annual awards dinner

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner held Oct. 14 at The Resort at Squaw Creek celebrated the people, businesses and organizations that make our community such a great place to live and visit.

With over 450 people in attendance, it was an evening of fun, entertainment and recognition of their peers.

Awards were presented to recognize local businesses or members who have exemplified outstanding involvement in the community and its issues, those who have contributed significantly to our economy and local labor market, or have shown staying power and growth in our business community. The 2016 Awards Winners are as follows:

The Hospitality Award was given to Richard Blair, Streets of Truckee: The Hospitality Award is given to an individual or business who portrays the "warmth and charm" of Truckee. Richard Blair does that in a unique way by entertaining locals and visitors alike, keeping Truckee's past alive and retelling it through songs.

The New Business of the Year award went to Mi Pueblito: Attracted by the cultural touchstones of smell, taste and familiarity, Mi Pueblito provides a segment of our community with a sense of connection with brands from their native country. It was a longtime dream of Socorro and Augustin Nuñez, to have a Mexican market that served the needs of the local community.

The Revitalization Award (Small) went to the 1882 Bar & Grill: This large multi-story 19th century boarding house created Truckee's first riverfront dining spot complete with outdoor deck with the addition of the 1882 Bar & Grill.

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The Revitalization Award (Large ) went to Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District: Coming in at 26,000 square feet, the $9.2 million Aquatic Center project brings a 10-lane competition lap pool, and warm water pool complete with lazy river and slides.

The Large Business of the Year award went to Save Mart Supermarket: Privately held, this business was founded in 1952 in the Central Valley, by the current owner's father and uncle. They actively seek out local vendors and have partnered with the California Highway Patrol on "Safe Streets" donating 100% of the candy distributed for this Halloween event.

The Excellence in Government award went to the Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook: Tony Lashbrook has worked in the public sector for 35 years — bringing 13 years of planning experience to Truckee when he arrived to be on the team that was building the foundation of a newly incorporated Town. The Town of Truckee is held is very high regard in government circles and Tony has been a significant contributor toward that reputation.

The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Norm Justesen: Norm has lived in Truckee nearly 40 years, raised a family and always been active in the community. He is a 30+ year member, Past President, and has served in all capacities for the Truckee Optimist. He spends countless hours on the Club's three major fundraisers: Truckee Brew Fest, Truckee Tahoe AirShow and Family Festival, and has been the Chair Person for the Truckee Optimist Club Christmas Tree lot for nearly 20 years.

The Non-Profit Organization of the Year was awarded to Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation: TTCF was recognized for taking a leading role in the most complex and vexing challenge this community has ever faced. As a neutral convener, they brought together several resources, community and media partners to start conversation around regional housing, moving local leaders to fund a regional study, led by this organization.

The Small Business of the Year (11-49 employees) award went to Porter Simon: As the story goes, two young ski buddies got together with a shared passion for practicing their profession at the highest level, while taking an active role in the local community. Over the years, styles and trends have come and gone, but those key pillars have been the foundation of their success at Porter Simon law firm.

The Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) award went to Atelier: With an ever increasing art and culture scene, Truckee is quickly becoming an appealing destination for inspired learning. Atelier is recognized as a unique business that offers a place for visitors, community artists or anyone looking to expand their creative knowledge and skills.

The Chamber also recognized Pat Fraser as Ambassador of the Year: Ambassadors deliver goodwill. They are representatives of Truckee and the Chamber. Pat has been very supportive and helpful to the Chamber, and community, for many years. She is a fixture along the 4th of July Parade route, often taking her role of driving the Grand Marshall quite seriously always with a friendly smile.

This story was provided by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce. Visit TruckeeChamber.com to learn more.