OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. - The Truckee Donner Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner and Pandora's Auction held Oct. 30, at The Resort at Squaw Creek was a great success. With almost 200 people in attendance, it was 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 the economy and labor market, or have shown staying power and growth in the business community.The Hospitality Award was given to Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar. Classic Truckee. Lively music scene. Popular bar. This Truckee icon takes advantage of its historic roots and cleverly combines history with elegance to create their warm, cozy ambiance. Friendly and welcoming, they really "get" tourism, marketing and customer service.The New Business of the Year award went to Bespoke. Many entrepreneurs have a passion, almost an obsession, for their idea. This year's winner is exemplary of that. Her shop offers a fresh and inviting shopping experience and is a place of artistic inspiration. It adds character, diversity, and interest to our town. The Revitalization Award (Large Business) went to Boreal Resort-Woodward Tahoe. With a $6 million investment, this facility is the largest of its kind in the U.S. Known primarily for their park and pipe, this resort consistently boasts the longest season in the Tahoe area. Trampolines, ski and board ramp, foam pits, urban-style skate and BMX park - this action sports training facility has created more than 35 new jobs. The Revitalization Award (Small Business) went to Sticks Market. Todd Wright closed the old Donner Pines Market for six weeks, gutted the interior, added granite countertops, pine slabs, exposed ceilings, and corrugated steel for a modern mountain feel. With a product line that focuses on healthy and high-end foods, organic produce, and local brands, this upscale neighborhood store has taken a "diamond in the rough" and enhanced the Truckee/Donner Lake product. The Large Business of the Year award went to Northstar California Resort. For many years this business has been involved in the community. Since opening its doors, this business has invested more than $1 billion into the transformation of their product and offerings. Last year, Northstar exemplified grace under fire. With one of the most challenging winters in terms of snowfall, this resort carried itself with class to pledge a commitment to their guests and employees to provide an exceptional vacation experience and keep as many folks employed as possible. This commitment was felt throughout the ski resort community as they consistently got the message out that Tahoe/Truckee was indeed "Open for Business."The Excellence in Government award went to Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Kevin Smith. There is a big responsibility working in the public sector. Honesty, integrity, fiduciary responsibility with taxpayer funds. This organization has established a commitment to be responsive and work toward the betterment of the community, increased outreach effort, and shown transparency in its activities. This organization, and in particular its leader, has shown a true sense of what it takes to support working relationships across all lines of business in the community. He has creatively partnered and strengthened the relationship with community organizations.The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Chelsea Walterscheid. The Truckee native has volunteered for more than 20 years. She is enthusiastic and passionate about her hometown and its history and loves sharing it. As President of the Truckee Donner Historical Society, she leads a team of volunteers and docents who are equally passionate about sharing tales of Truckee's past through the Old Jail Museum, the Old-Timers Picnic and Reunion, and the creation of new exhibits through the hard work of a team of researchers uncovering interesting facts about Truckee's early days. The Non-Profit Organization of the Year was awarded to Sierra Senior Services. According to the Administration on Aging, the United States is experiencing a dramatic increase in the numbers of people who live to old age. Nearly 10 million adult children over the age of 50 care for their aging parents. Senior citizens, and their caregivers, now more than ever, need access to assistance and programs.The Small Business of the Year (11-49 employees) award went to Kelly Brothers Painting. This family owned and run business is committed to improving and investing in the Truckee community. They run a quality business with attention to detail that achieves customer satisfaction and a repeat customer base. Their work has garnered them national awards and recognition. They value and respect their well-trained employees. They give back to the community, with a significant passion for the Truckee Community Farm and Growing Dome. In 2006, they bought 20 acres of land with the idea of starting what is now the Truckee Community Farm, with the ultimate goal of donating 70 percent of its harvest to Project MANA.The Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) award went to Full Belly Deli. This talented duo met at Tahoe Mountain Club where one was a chef, the other ran catering. Both with degrees in hotel restaurant management, have found a niche and filled it, offered an exceptional product and customer service, and put in a lot of hard work. In five years, they have become so successful they recently doubled the square footage of their establishment. They start with the freshest ingredients, locally sourced bread, meat, and produce along with made-from-scratch creative toppings and sauces.The Chamber recognized the Ambassador Committee for their ongoing dedication to the Chamber all year long, and especially for their efforts in securing the donations for the annual Pandora's Silent Auction - a fundraiser for that allows the Chamber to develop and implement a dynamic and proactive program of work that benefits Chamber members and the business community.The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization comprised of 550 members, representing more than 7,000 jobs, with the mission to promote and develop local business and tourism, while improving the community's quality of life.Visit http://truckeechamber.com.
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