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Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce: Annual Awards Dinner recognizes local business and community members

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comVolunteer of Year Ruth Geresy received a standing ovation when her award was presented at the Truckee Donner Chamber Awards Dinner. From left: Rely volunteers Judy Price, Esther Walters, Ruth Geresy and Nancy Palmer.

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; More than 200 people attended the Truckee Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner and Pandora’s Auction held Oct. 26 at The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe to share in 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 the business community.The Hospitality Award was given to Crux Events. Being an integral part of the community and giving back has been this company’s mantra since day one. They have been involved in dozens of nonprofit fundraisers and events including the 4th of July Parade, Truckee Thursdays, California Welcome Center Grand Opening, Rotary’s Cadillac Ball, Ribfest and more. Their client roster boasts internationally-recognized brands such as Red Bull, ESPN and the X-Games. Led by a 20-year event management veteran this company highlights the professional resources available in Truckee. Their business brings business to Truckee. Other nominees: Burger Me!, Cabona’s/Stefanie Olivieri, Full Belly Deli, Kathy Noel, Keith Thomas, Mark Estee, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Plumas Bank, Tahoe Forest Cancer Center (Dr. Heifetz and staff), and Wells Fargo.The Large Business of the Year award went to Mountain Hardware. A Truckee icon for 33 years, they have grown and morphed to respond to customer needs and niche markets, always showcasing innovativeness. They provide excellent career opportunities for more than 90 employees, becoming an employee-owned business nine years ago. A customer comment found online says it all: andamp;#8220;If I were ever to become president, my first act in the oval office would be to designate Mountain Hardware andamp; Sports a National Wonderland.andamp;#8221; Other nominees: Better Homes andamp; Gardens Real Estate andamp;#8211; Mason McDuffie, Clear Capital, Rock andamp; Rose, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Teichert Aggregates, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District, and Truckee-Tahoe Lumber Company.The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Ruth Geresy. Volunteering is about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community at large. Ruth Geresy has worked on a very important event: Relay For Life of Truckee. Her inspiration for hard work comes from the heart and from personal experience. The event is about more than fundraising andamp;#8212; it is about uniting the community to come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost. It is about hope, support, awareness, programs and research that some day no one will hear the words: andamp;#8220;You have cancer.andamp;#8221; In its four-year history, the event has raised more than $180,000. Ruth Geresy was the guiding force in creating this event for Truckee. With compassion for each and every person involved with the event, in a gentle, caring way, she has set the tone and course for the event to carry on for many years. Other nominees: Alyssa Westenberg, Bridget Murray, Deb Ryan, Georgia Smith, Ginger Taylor, Helen Pelster, Jenny Bosin, Julie Tenorio, Laura Mohun, Nancy Williams, Pam Hobday, Pat Callahan, Pattie and Hartley Lesser, Phyllis McConn, Rolann Aaronson, Stefanie Olivieri, Steve Carpenter, and Steve Randall.The Non-Profit Organization of the Year was awarded to Truckee Donner Land Trust. This organization has been preserving and protecting landmark property in the region in the greater Truckee Donner region for 20 years. With the area’s tourist-driven, recreation-driven economy, protecting important historic, recreation and scenic open spaces is imperative to quality of life and economy. A few folks around a kitchen table grew into an organization that has protected more than 20,000 acres valued in excess of $70 million dollars. They are also the stewards and builders of the Donner Lake Rim Trail, the 223-mile multi-use trail with great economic and recreational value. Other organizations nominated: American Cancer Society andamp;#8212; Relay For Life of Truckee, Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT), Family Resource Center of Truckee, Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, KidZone Museum, Lake Tahoe Music Festival, Sierra Senior Services, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner and Truckee Downtown Merchants Association.The Small Business of the Year award went to The Office BOSS. This 25-year Truckee icon is under new ownership for three years new. Since Jeff and Carrie Ridgel purchased Bradbury’s they have grown the business to include a second location, added an online component, a USPS Contract Postal Unit, a new look, new offerings and faster service. They are committed to customer satisfaction and efficiency. Other nominees: Autoglass Express, Burger Me, Cabona’s, Carmel Gallery, Creative Concepts, Crux Events, Elijah Bleu’s, Full Belly Deli, Gray Construction, Red Truck, Runway Caf andamp; Catering, The Pour House, Tourist Club, Tributary Whitewater Tours, Truckee River Winery and Wandamp;T Graphix.The Chamber awarded the Ambassador of the Year to Jesse Hunter of Bank of the West. It is through the help of the hard working volunteers such as the Ambassador Committee that the Chamber is able to accomplish so much.Greg Palmer, a guide for the Chamber’s Annual Donner Party Hike event, was recognized for his role in preserving, protecting and sharing Truckee’s history and for his 18 years of being a volunteer guide for the event. He was presented with a key to the Town by Mayor Carolyn Dee, and a Certificate of Recognition by County Supervisor Ted Owens.The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization comprised of 585 members, representing over 7,300 jobs, with the mission to promote and develop local business and tourism, while improving the community’s quality of life.To contact the Chamber, call 530-587-8808 or visit http://www.truckee.com.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com