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Truckee businesses honored at awards dinner

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Emma Garrard/ Sierra SunBob Cassidy is awarded amabassador of the year at the Truckee Chamber of Commerce Awards at the Resort at Squaw Creek Tuesday.

Over 100 Truckee professionals showed up at the Resort at Squaw Creek Tuesday night to eat, drink and honor 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. Awards were given to the following businesses: Hospitality Award Mountain Hardware andamp; SportsProviding top-notch customer service to locals and visitors has been their philosophy since the day they opened over 30 years ago. Their incomparable product selection makes them truly unique. They have a strong commitment to the community and its economy and are equally committed to building a family with its employees as with its customers. As employee-owners, staff has a personal responsibility to maintain the service level, and take great pride and satisfaction in helping the customers find just the right product for their needs. Large Business of the Year: Clear CapitalThis revolutionary company has diversified and strengthened Truckees economy. They chose to headquarter in Truckee because of the unique benefits of this community having great schools, great infrastructure, healthy civic and social awareness is critical to the well being of their staff and the community. Employing 170 people in well paying, professional careers, the contributions to the labor market is significant. Most all of the 170 people are living locally as contributing members of the community. They are sponsors of many local non-profit fundraisers and youth sports. They fund and staff the free program Career Bound, that provides high school students with insight into various occupations, exposure to the university experience, and tools and guidance to navigate their career exploration process. Volunteer of the Year: Jim SimonJim seems to be everywhere in fact he could be called The Voice of Truckee. Whether it is trail building, out advocating to bring the Winter Olympics back to the region, emceeing at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, the Cadillac Ball, the 4th of July Parade, or even at the Truckee Chambers annual award dinner, he always finds the time to entertain the crowd with his clever wit, charisma and poise. Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Soroptimist International of Truckee DonnerThis organization has been in the area for 37 years, working to improve the lives of women and children, in the local community and throughout the world. They give away thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards to students, women in need, or kids who demonstrate exemplary volunteer services for our community. They were instrumental in the success of the Sierra Teen Educational Parenting Program (also known as STEPP) and the S Club at Sierra High School for teen moms. They fund and participate in many worthy programs such as Highway Clean-up, Read-to-Me Book Bag Program, Adventure Risk Challenge at Sagehen, American Cancer Societys Relay for Life of Truckee and more. Small Business of the Year: Truckee RentsThis business has been serving the community for over 30 years. The owners are pillars of the community hardworking, friendly and know everyone that comes into the shop, and in town, by name. In blizzards, they are our saviors! They are the top seller of Honda snowblowers in the country. They are tremendously supportive of non-profits and donate product and time generously. Sandy Horn has worked for many years to educate children of the medieval times as Queen Elizabeth. Mike Horn is an active Rotarian and has received The Quiet Rotarian Award for Service Above Self. He spearheads Rotarys Senior Woodcutting project every year that provides wood for senior citizens. He also has coached Buddy Werner ski programs. Ambassador of the Year: Bob CassidyIt is through the help of the hard working volunteers such as the Ambassador Committee that the Chamber is able to accomplish so much. Bob Cassidy has been an ambassador for six years and was instrumental in securing so many of the items generously donated by members for the evenings Pandora Silent Auction. He volunteers for the annual Donner Party Hike.