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Chamber recognizes businesses, individuals that support greater Golden

Annual awards dinner on Feb. 7

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The Golden Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards dinner on Feb. 7 at Schnepf’s at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden.

Award recipients are recognized for demonstrating a unique vision, innovation and achievement in support of greater Golden’s economy, business community and quality of life.

The 2018 award recipients are:

Award: Business of the Year

Recipient: Pizza Hut, 17540 S. Golden Road

Recognized for: Being a long-standing community business and taking a leadership role for businesses located along South Golden Road. It recently celebrated 35 years of membership with the Golden Chamber of Commerce. Owned and operated by Lorna Crawford, it is ranked 17th among all Pizza Hut locations in the nation.

Award: Golden Civic Award

Recipient: Golden Optimists

Recognized for: Supporting the community through the many efforts that the group continues to put forth for others — the bicycle recycle program and initiatives for elementary and middle schools.

Award: Charlie O’Brian Volunteer Award

Recipient: Brian Reed

Recognized for: The significant difference he has made in the community by giving his time to better the community and those in need. Reed serves as co-president of the Bell Middle School PTA alongside Jackie Greiner, volunteers at Mitchell Elementary School, leads a local adult swim club, serves as the community relations director for the Golden Civic Foundation and supports the Golden Backpack program.

Award: Golden Young Professional of the Year

Recipient: Dr. Joe Borden

Recognized for: His outreach efforts to attract young professionals to become involved in the community. He serves as chair of the Golden Young Professionals and helped implement the group’s involvement with the Golden Bike Cruise. Borden and his wife Megan are the owners of Avenue Vision, 1208 Washington Ave.

Award: Chamber Ambassador of the Year

Recipient: Mike Herman

Recognized for: His commitment to the Golden Chamber of Commerce, the organization’s members and the greater Golden community. Herman is dedicated to attending ribbon cuttings, grand openings and is known for personally taking the time to welcome businesses and individuals into the chamber.

Award: Chairman’s Award

Recipient: Colorado School of Mines Athletics volunteers

Recognized for: Supporting the community and involvement with community events. The volunteers include students, faculty, friends and family. They helped out at the Golden Farmers Market, Taste of Golden, Golden Fine Arts Festival and the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chili Cook-off.

Award: President’s Award

Recipient: Ty Fontaine

Recognized for: His professional ethics during his internship with the Golden Chamber of Commerce. His hands-on work included assisting chamber members, responsibilities with chamber events and other tasks. Fontaine will graduate from D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School this year and plans to pursue a college degree in business.

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