Chamber awards outstanding businesses
The Chamber’s 49th Annual Awards Dinner and Pandora’s Auction held October 24th at Northstar-at-Tahoe was a great success. Over 150 people were in attendance to share in an evening of fun, entertainment and recognition of their peers in the awards presentation.The evening began by recognizing the contributions of outgoing Board member Kevin Murphy of Sierra Insurance Associates, Inc. Kevin has served on the Board from 1997-2002, and was Chair of the Board from 2000-2001. Also recognized was Larry Larson of Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy for his leadership and commitment as Chair of the Board from 2001-2002. Larson reviewed the chamber’s accomplishments during his term as Chair. Shelly Wright of Plumas Bank, the Chamber’s new Chair of the Board for 2002-2003, previewed some of the Chamber’s goals and strategies for the upcoming year.A highlight of the evening was an entertainment mock news broadcast “Members We Couldn’t Put in the News” featuring Joe Burns, Mark Brown, Ted Owens, and Maia Schneider.Bidding was fast and furious in the Pandora’s Auction. Through the generous contributions by chamber members, over $12,200 of donated goods and services were available for bidding. These items generated over $5,900 for the Chamber. These funds will be used to implement a dynamic and proactive program of work in the upcoming year.The annual award portion of the evening recognizes local businesses or members who have contributed to the local community.The Non-Profit Organization of the Year category featured two winners. The first was awarded to Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation for its contributions to the many projects and organizations throughout the community. The second award was presented to the Truckee Humane Society. Finding homes for homeless four-legged friends helps the animal society and provides the human society with loyal, faithful companions that can help us emotionally, physically and mentally. Their efforts also include low cost spay and neutering programs.Other organizations nominated were CATT (Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe), Healthy Families, Project MANA, Truckee Donner Land Trust, and Truckee Trails Foundation.The Hospitality Award was given to Northstar-at-Tahoe. Other nominees were Earthly Delights, Dragonfly, East West Partners, Moody’s Bistro and Lounge, and Sierra Mountain Mortgage.The New Member of the Year was awarded to Moody’s Bistro and Lounge for their significant contribution to the economic vitality of the community with the opening of their business downtown. Other nominees were BlasZ Design, de la Garza Rusanoff Sonder, Soul Sushi & BBQ, and The Pharmacy.The Small Business/Person of the Year award went to Blue Sky Home Center. Other nominees were Ames Deli Mart, Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks, EventMasters, Sierra Mountain Mortgage, Sierra Insurance Associates, Inc., Summit Drywall, and Tahoe Guide.The Volunteer of the Year was given to Larry Larson for his years of contributions to the successful growth and vitality of the Chamber. Other nominees were Dave Dunlap, Hartley & Pattie Lesser, Chris McGraw, Andy Otto, Johnny Pierce, Matt Rusanoff, Josh Susman, and Tom Watson.The Chamber Member of the Year award went to Breeze and Ruth Cross of Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company. After 60-plus years in the area, this longtime family-run business employs many people by offering a good work environment and employee benefits. Other nominees were Advanced Asphalt, Rock Garden, Plumas Bank, Tahoe Donner Association, and Tahoe Forest Hospital District.