Resort Association awards dinner celebrates community
crystal bay – Numerous North Lake Tahoe individuals and businesses were recognized at the 47th Annual Community Awards Dinner. At the event, which took place Feb. 8, more than 150 people gathered in the Frank Sinatra Showroom at the Cal-Neva Resort and Casino to celebrate the superlative efforts put forth over the past year by residents and businesses.Volunteerism, exemplary work, outstanding hospitality, notable citizenship and positive environmental impact are all areas of recognition at the awards. Produced by the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, the ceremony provided more than 20 North Lake Tahoe residents and three businesses with plaques commemorating their contributions to the community.Those honored include:- Citizen of the year: (co-winners) Sandra Carter Packard and Don Fulda- Business of the year: Pete N’ Peter’s- Hospitality award: Granlibakken Resort- Positive environmental impact award: Kings Beach Safeway- Employee of the year: Mike Bandelin, Diamond Peak Ski Resort; Jason “Bo” Barks, Homewood Mountain Resort; Cindy Armitage, Lake Tahoe Central Reservations; Elizabeth “Tish” Hughes, North Tahoe Community Conference Center; Erik Knudsen, Squaw Valley Ski Corp.; Laurie Swanson, Tahoe City Public Utility District; Jennifer Merchant, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association.- Outstanding volunteer service: Ken Yagura, Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe; Julia “Pat” Crow, Children’s Cabinet; Jimmy Smith, Disabled Sports USA; Steve Risko, Kings Beach community; Fritz and Maria Vetter, Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival; Dave Zachary, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce; Stephanie Moore, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce; Don Tipton, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce; Eric Park, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce; Ed Crane, Sierra Artists’ Network; Dana Tanner, Snowfest; John Wilcox, Squaw Valley Municipal Advisory Council; Bob Bryant, Tahoe City Beautification Project.Along with the traditional awards, two special awards were presented.An award from the Placer County Film Commission was presented to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office for their work with the crew of “The Deep End,” which filmed in the North Lake Tahoe area last year. Awards were also presented to the meeting and convention sales staff of the North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitors Bureau for their outstanding customer service.The award-winning department (winner two years in a row of the prestigious Meeting & Convention Magazine’s Gold Service Award) is comprised of Paige Nebeker, director of tourism, marketing and sales; Jason Neary, national sales manager; Cindy Romanello, sales manager; and Elizabeth Ransom, administrative assistant.
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