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Name: Community Awards 22
Date: January 28, 2023
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
Event Description:
The Community Awards Gala is back, and will be held on Saturday, January 28th at Vern Burton. The Gala is a black-tie, plated dinner where all the finalists will be celebrated, and the winners will be announced. Tickets for the Gala will be available soon, but we are seeking Community Awards nominations now. The nomination form is very short and only takes about five minutes. 

See below for Information about each category, and a list of past finalists and winners.

Past finalists are eligible to be nominated again, but past winners are not. 

Legacy Awards are special awards that are selected by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a legacy of outstanding contribution to our community.
Citizen of the Year - An individual who has made a positive impact on the health or prosperity of the community, including a legacy of good works and specifically during the past year.

Young Leader of the Year:  Awarded to an individual, age 18-39, who exemplifies a commitment to the health and future of our community, and has made an impact during the past year beyond the responsibilities and expectations of their job.

Educator of the Year:  Recognizes a teacher, coach, or educational staff member employed by the Port Angeles School District or a private school in Port Angeles, who has exhibited impressive leadership and achieved exceptional results toward the overall development of youth in grade levels K-12.

Business of the Year:  Awarded to the business, large or small, that has shown consistent excellence as an employer, contributed to the community beyond the profit motive of the business, and has been a recognized contributor over the past year to the general prosperity and well-being of our community. 

Emerging Business of the Year:  Awarded to a business that has been operating between one and six years, or has been significantly reinvented with a major location change and/or business expansion within that time. Emerging Business should fill a significantly unmet need or market, revitalize an area, or contribute altruistically beyond the mission or profit motive of the business (The time frame for this category criteria has been temporarily changed to account for the affect that the pandemic has had on emerging businesses).

Organization of the Year:  Recognizes the non-profit, church, agency, or community service organization that has demonstrated an exceptional achievement of its mission, consistently improving quality of life in our community over the past year.

Citizen of the Year
2017 – Marsha Robin            (Reath Ellefson, Tim Mason/Amber Keebler)
2018 – Amy Miller             (Susan Hillgren, Iris Winslow)
2019 – Norma Turner            (John Brewer, Christine Loewe)
2020 – Steve Deutermann     (Dr. Allison Berry, Patty Pastore)
2021 – Steve Methner           (Fran Howell, Minnie Whalen)
Educator of the Year
2017 – Ron Jones                   (Cindy Crumb, John Gallagher)
2018 – Claire Rausch              (Phil Morgan-Ellis, Christine Bohman)
2019 – Doug Gailey               (Gary Pringle,  Krista Winn)
2020 – Dan Cobb                   (Tiffany Gillespie, Kasey Ulin)
2021 –  Angie Gooding          (Dwayne Johnson, Jeff Lunt)
Young Leader of the Year
2017 – Lindsay Fox                 (Bonnie Schmidt, Brianna Kelly)
2018 – Victoria Jones             (Bonnie Schmidt, Shenna Younger)
2019 – Addison Holland        (Ashley Liberty, Lacey Fry)
2020 – Chelsea Winfield        (Jeremy Gilchrist, Dylan Godsey)
2021 –  Luke Gavin                (Carmen Geyer, Tyler Johnson)
Business of the Year
2017 – Lakeside Industries    (Black Ball Ferry, Wilder Auto)
2018 – Hermann Brothers     (Lakeside Industries, Lumber Traders)
2019 – Angeles Electric          (First Federal,  Swains General Store)
2020 – Lumber Traders          (Little Devil’s Lunchbox, PNW Mobile Detailing)
2021 –  7 Cedars Resort         (Grocery Outlet, Port Book & News)
Organization of the Year
2017 – OMC                           (The Answer for Youth, United Way of Clallam County)
2018 – JFFA                             (Lincoln Park BMX, Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics)
2019 – PA Food Bank             (Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Lincoln Park BMX)
2020 – Clallam County EDC  (Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County, Port Angeles Police Department)
2021 – Lincoln Park BMX       (Clallam County Sheriff Dept., North Olympic Library System)
Emerging Business of the Year
2017 – Lefties Baseball          (Olympic Peninsula Massage, BADA NW)
2018 – Amma’s Umma           (Avail Fit, Poser Yoga)
2019 – Studio 360                  (Heart & Passion Films, Diehl’s Do it All)
2020 – Fogtown Coffee         (Ridgeline Homecare Cooperative, Sasquatch Bakery)
2021 – Port Angeles Wharf  (Sisters & Co.,  Sisterland Farms)
Chamber Individual Legacy Award
2019 – Jim Moran
2020 – Ed Bedford
2021 –  Dan Wilder, Sr
Chamber Organizational Legacy Award
2019 – Black Ball Ferry
2020 – Swain’s General Store
2021 –  First Federal
Vern Burton Community Center
Date/Time Information:
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Program Begins at 7:00
After Party Begins at 9:00 pm
Contact Information:
Leslie Robertson
To Be Announced
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