By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Barstow)–Each year the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce honors individuals, businesses, service organizations and others that have gone the extra mile to help out their community. The awards are given out at the Annual Community Recognition Dinner at the end of January.
“It is THE premier event in Barstow that everyone looks forward to,” said Cory Baker, Publicity Director with The Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is seeking nominations from the public for individuals, organizations, or companies in the Barstow area that have really stood out for their contributions to the community in 2010.
“The forms are available online at www.barstowchamber.com. Go there and print the form, fill it all out and either fax it to us, e-mail it to us or bring it to us at the Chamber office. This year the Desert Dispatch is helping us – they’ve put a link on their website to the nomination form. People can just fill in the blanks and hit send,” Baker said.
The categories open for nominations are: Organization of the Year, Large and Small Business of Year, Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Best Event of the Year, and Man and Woman of Continuous Service.
Baker explains, “A new category this year is ‘Up and Coming Volunteer’ – someone who has been volunteering for different things (youth groups, organizations, etc.) but doesn’t get the same recognition that Executive Directors would.”
The last day to send in nominations is Friday, January 14, 2011. Once that is done, the party begins!
The Awards dinner will be Saturday, January 29th at the Cora Harper Fitness Center in Barstow.
“The event usually sells out at over 300 guests. We always get the local school organizations to help with serving and valet parking. We get tons of volunteers to come in and help decorate the room. We also contract with a company that provides the large screens to broadcast photos of the winners as they come up to accept their award and video of the stage.” Baker said.
There are two additional categories that receive honors at the Awards dinner – Top Military Person of the Year and Top Student from the local High Schools. “The military winners are actually given to us by the Army, the Marine Corp, and the Navy because with Ft Irwin and the marine base we are actually represented by those branches,” Baker said. “The school districts decide who is student of the year for each of the High Schools – Barstow High and Central High, and for the Silver Valley District its Silver Valley High and Calico High.”
More information about how to submit a nomination is available at the Chamber website, or by calling 760-256-8617.