On Tuesday, January 20, members of the Cheyenne County Chamber gathered for their annual banquet in celebration of their best and brightest. Treated to dueling pianos for entertainment, the social time was enjoyed by everyone, as was the dinner. The highlight of the evening was as always, the handing out of awards. :
New Business of the Year – Hometown Liquor
The New Business of the Year goes to a business that has made a huge impact in their short span. They have proven to be a catalyst for positive change, breathing vibrancy and vitality into our local economy.
Outstanding Customer Service - Finneys ACE Hardware
This award recognizes outstanding efforts in exceeding customer expectations and building lasting connections.
Citizen of the Year – Marv Filsinger
This award is a heartfelt acknowledgment of Marv Filsinger's enduring commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those around him.
Business Revitalization – Platte Valley Bank
The Business Revitalization Award, an accolade that acknowledges a businesses exceptional strides to make significant improvements and renovations in 2023.
Economic Development Project of the Year - Pedalers Corner
The Economic Development Project of the Year award, recognizes businesses for their outstanding contribution to our local economy in 2023. With a major project completion that has left a significant imprint, and a wonderful place for the community to gather year-round this businesses has exemplified excellence in economic development.
Community Impact – Cheyenne County Fair Board
The Community Impact Award rightfully goes to this power-house group, recognizing their instrumental role in advancing business and industry development in our community.
Community Leader – Becky Rowan
The Community Leader Award, goes to a well-deserved woman for her remarkable impact on our entire community. Her leadership and service, demonstrated through her active role on the Chamber Board, countless volunteer hours at her church, and involvement in numerous projects at Adams Industries, have left an indelible mark.
E.K. Yanney Award - Kendra Mitchell
The E.K. Yanney Award, gives tribute to the late E.K. Yanney who was a prominent banker in the Lodgepole community who wholeheartedly believed in giving back to his community and making it a better place to live and raise a family. Much like Mr. Yanney, Kendra Mitchell's commitment to progressive growth aligns seamlessly with what this award stands for.
Heroes Among Us – Cheyenne County Volunteer Fire Department
The Heroes Among Us Award this year goes to a group of men and women that volunteer countless hours that many times are thankless hours. They put other people before themselves at the drop of a "tone" to help those in need.
Congratulations to the Cheyenne County volunteer fire departments of Sidney, Potter, Dalton, Gurley and Lodgepole for this well-deserved honor.
Ralph Olson Board Member of the Year – Laura Narjes
Our Chamber Board Member of the Year, goes to a member that is a beacon of excellence and leadership. Laura Narjes goes above and beyond, embodying the spirit of a true Chamber leader and is the epitome of Board Member excellence!
Chamber Ambassador of the Year – Marva Ellwanger
The Chamber Ambassador of the Year award, recognizes exceptional dedication and enthusiasm in fostering community connections. As a Chamber Ambassador, her unwavering commitment to promoting local businesses and engaging with the community has set a remarkable standard. Her vibrant personality and tireless efforts in welcoming new members and facilitating networking events have made a lasting impact. Marva Ellwanger's genuine passion for the Chamber's mission shines through her ambassadorial role, making her an invaluable asset. Congratulations to Marva for this well-deserved recognition, honoring her as the Ambassador of the Year, a true advocate for community engagement and business success!
Chamber Supporter of the Year – Lori Wolff/Wolff Haus Real Estate
The chamber supporter of the year recipient shows unwavering support and commitment to the Cheyenne County Chamber. Lori Wolff's passion for community engagement and tireless efforts have not only benefited the Chamber but have also contributed significantly to the growth of our local businesses.
Friend of Tourism - Sidney Gold Rush Days
The Sidney Gold Rush Days Committee has not merely organized events; they have crafted experiences that resonate with the spirit of our community. Their dedication to showcasing the rich history, culture, and traditions of our region has attracted visitors from far and wide, leaving an indelible mark on our local tourism landscape. Please see page 8B for more on the Gold Rush Days' award.