Tahoe Chamber honors winners of 15th Blue Ribbon Awards

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The Phoenix Award was presented to Sierra-at-Tahoe.
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STATELINE, Nev. — The winners of the 15th annual Blue Ribbon Awards were announced Thursday, Jan. 26, during a private awards ceremony for finalists at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In place of the annual awards dinner, the community was invited to tune in virtually.

The Blue Ribbon Awards event continues to honor local businesses, nonprofits and professionals for their contributions to the South Shore community.  

The 2023 award winners include: 

Tourism Award
Innovative program, promotion, or product for our visitors
Winner: Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association 

Runner Up: Flatstick Pub, Honorable Mention: Anderson Bicycle Rentals 

Entrepreneur Award 

An innovative individual who assumed the risk of starting a new business or venture.
Winner: Untethered Workspace 

Runner Up: Marissa Fox, Honorable Mention: South Lake Brewing Company 

Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Heavenly and Kirkwood Mountain Resorts
An individual who consistently provides quality service.
Winner: Denise Rury, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel 

Runner Up: Alyson Borawski, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Honorable Mention: Karla Brennan, The Cork & More 

Public Service Agency Award

Sponsored by South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling
An agency that provides quality service in the not so usual places (Police, Fire, DMV, City, County, TRPA, etc.).
Winner: South Shore Transportation Management Association 

Runner Up: City of South Lake Tahoe, Honorable Mention: Lake Tahoe Community College 

The Public Agency Service award – sstmaAward went to South Shore Transportation Management Association.
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Excellence in Business Award 

A business that has made a substantial contribution to the overall good of business and the economic well-being of the community. (Business must be established and in operation for at least three years)
Winner: Cold Water Brewery & Grill 

Runner Up: MacDuff’s Public House, Honorable Mention: Café Fiore 

Community Enrichment Award 

A business, nonprofit, or agency that has worked to improve the South Shore community
Winner: Bread & Broth 

Runner Up: Saint Joseph Community Land Trust, Honorable Mention: Lake Link 

New Business of the Year Award

A new business that has gained an increasingly positive reputation and who exhibits distinction.
(Business must have been in operation for less than three years)
Winner: Maggie’s Restaurant at Desolation Hotel 

Runner Up: Tahoe Family Hearing Clinic, Honorable Mention: Pine Nut Cycle Café  

Volunteer of the Year Award

An individual dedicated to making a positive impact on the community at large.
Winner: Beth Wallace 

Runner Up: Andrea Drew, Honorable Mention: Brandi Brown 

A special award dedicated by the Tahoe Chamber Board Chairperson recognized the “rebirth” and exemplary resiliency of an organization. The Phoenix Award was granted to Sierra-at-Tahoe which has recently reopened to serve the South Shore once again after suffering devastating damage from the Caldor Fire. 

A recording of the awards show will be uploaded to this week. 

The Tahoe Chamber would like to thank the sponsors of the 15th annual Blue Ribbon Awards: City of South Lake Tahoe, South Tahoe Alliance of Resorts, Tahoe Beach Club, South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services, Heavenly & Kirkwood Mountain Resorts, Marriot Grand Residence Club Lake Tahoe, Bally’s Lake Tahoe, Barton Health, and Tahoe Daily Tribune. 

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