Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Who stood out in 2007?

Chamber accepting nominations for annual Community Awards

Express Staff Writer

Cynthia Murphy, a longtime board member of the Ketchum-based Wood River Community YMCA, was named Citizen of the Year at last year?s Community Awards Night. Photo by Mountain Express

The Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce will present a joint Community Awards Night on April 23 at the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room.

It will be the 10th anniversary of the chamber's annual valley-wide Community Awards Night, though the organization has honored a Citizen of the Year since 1976. The Hailey Chamber of Commerce started its own awards night several years ago. This year the two will combine to show a united north and south valley, and to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the community and the chambers as a whole.

"It's one more example of a regional cooperation," said Carol Waller, executive director of the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber.

Awards will be presented for Citizen of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Arts Advocate of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Service Individual of the Year and Environmental Advocate of the Year.

Awards for Hailey Ambassador of the Year and Sun Valley/Ketchum Ambassador of the Year will also be presented. Wood River Valley residents, businesses or organizations are eligible for nomination. Elected public officials and individuals who are paid for their efforts in the nominated areas are not eligible.

Nomination forms are available at, or by calling Nichole Britt, chamber office manager, at 725-2103. Nominations can be submitted online, by fax to 726-4533 or dropped off at the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber administration office at 371 N. Main St. in Ketchum. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 15.

Tickets for the awards dinner are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 725-2103.

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