TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce announced the nominations for its annual awards to be presented at the Chamber's Annual Dinner and Pandora's Auction, Oct. 30 at the Resort at Squaw Creek.Businesses and individuals will be recognized in nine award categories: Small Business (one-10 employees), Small Business (11-49 employees), Large Business, New Business of the Year, Revitalization Award, Hospitality, Excellence in Government, Non-Profit of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.Nominations for Small Business of the Year include: Dorinda's Chocolate Caf, Full Belly Deli, SmallPond Studios, Sports Exchange, Switchback PR + Marketing, TIP Graphics, Truckee River Winery, and W&T Graphix.Nominations for Small Business of the Year include: Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Blue Coyote Bar & Grill, Cedar House Sport Hotel, Coffeebar, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Kelly Brothers Painting, Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe Truckee, Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats, and Mountain Home Center.Nominees for Large Business of the Year include: Boreal Resort - Woodward Tahoe, Clear Capital, Granite Peak Management, JMA Ventures, Mountain Home Center, Northstar California, Resort at Squaw Creek, Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, and Squaw Valley.Nominees for New Business of the Year include: Avant Werks, Bespoke, Best Pies Pizzeria & Restaurant, Bluebird Designs, Bluestone Jewelry, Coffeebar, Dorinda's Chocolates, East River Public Relations, Mo, Jo & Zoe, NC Communication, Orbital Laboratory, Piping Rock Equestrian, Sticks Market, and Uncorked Truckee.Nominees for the Revitalization Award (large business) include: Holliday Development (Donner Pass Road and Church Street Project), Northstar California, and Boreal Resort - Woodward Tahoe.Nominees for the Revitalization Award (small business) include: Sticks Market, and Truckee Hotel.The Hospitality Award nominees include: Patty Baird, Cedar House Sport Hotel / Stella / Tahoe Trips & Trails, Carmel Gallery, Coffeebar, Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, Crux Events, James Woodruff, Placer Title, Dan Moran, Northstar California, Wayne Peterson, Resort at Squaw Creek, Rob Retting, Sierra Nevada Ad Partners, Richardson House, and Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.Nominees for the Excellence in Government Award include: Richard Anderson; Adam McGill, Chief of Police, Town of Truckee; Dan Olsen, Animal Control Supervisor, Town of Truckee; Tahoe Forest Hospital District; Town of Truckee; Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District; and Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Kevin Smith.Non-Profit Organization of the Year nominations include: Auburn Ski Club, Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe, Far West Nordic Ski Education Association, High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, KidZone Museum, Relay for Life Truckee-Tahoe, Rotary Club of Truckee, Shane McConkey Foundation, Sierra Senior Services, Truckee Donner Historical Society, Truckee Donner Land Trust, and Truckee Watershed Council.Nominees for Volunteer of the Year include: Carla and Tom Beebe; Stephanie Buranzon, Truckee Rodeo; Pat Callahan; Cliff Costa, High Fives Foundation; Jill Dobbs, Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe; Linda Holman, Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe; Matt Johnson, Sierra Business Council; Kali Kopley; Dan O'Gorman; Tony Lashbrook; Stefani Olivieri; Helen Pelster, KidZone Museum; Justine Pretorius, Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; Jeff Sparksworthy; Steve Wallace, High Fives Foundation; Chelsea Walterscheid, Truckee Donner Historical Society; and Emily Watt, Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe.A highlight of the evening is the annual Pandora's Auction, a silent auction extravaganza made possible by Chamber member donations. These funds will be used by the Chamber to implement a dynamic and proactive program of work in the upcoming year. Master of Ceremonies this year will be the esteemed Jim Simon. Cost for attending is $80 per person before Oct. 23; $90 per person after Oct. 23. Dinner is included; reservations are required and seating is limited.For more information, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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