At what could be called a star-studded gala on Nov. 5, Evergreen business leaders joined together for camaraderie and to honor businesses and volunteers at the Evergreen Lake House.
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Winners of the two biggest awards were Clayton Huffman, who was named Leader of the Year, and ASanchez Landscaping, which was named Business of the Year. The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event.
Leader of the Year
Leader of the Year is presented by Leadership Evergreen, and Betsy Hays, who won the award in 2020, said the nominees do what they do because it’s the right thing to do, not for personal gain.
Huffman, she said, an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, has been involved in the Evergreen Elks Lodge and was named this year’s Elk of the Year for Colorado.
According to his letter of nomination from the Evergreen Elks Lodge: “He is an ever-present supporter of the Evergreen community through the Elks Lodge. He helps with the planning and execution of many Evergreen traditions, such as the Jazz Festival, Evergreen Rodeo and the annual Easter egg hunt and free breakfast.”
Huffman is involved with Wreaths Across America to honor veterans buried at Evergreen Memorial Park, and veterans’ salutes on Memorial Day.
Huffman told the crowd he was honored to just be nominated for the award.
Pandora and John Erlandson also were nominated for their philanthropic work through the Boogies concerts and other events to help nonprofits and other causes.
Taking the 2022 Business of the Year honor was ASanchez Landscaping. Henry and Edith Sanchez, who accepted the award for the business, called the honor unexpected.
“We pride ourselves on taking care of our customers,” Edith said. “We help with whatever they need.”
Sweet Hayden, owned by Rachael Tapper, was named New Business of the Year. Tapper’s shop in downtown Evergreen sells vintage clothing, consignments and new clothing, though only by small designers and women-owned businesses.
Tapper said she was honored to get the award and is humbled by the way Evergreen has embraced her shop, adding that she loves dressing women here.
Hunter Slife with Slife’s Devil Dogs and Sweet Freeze Shave Ice was named the 2022 Young Professional of the Year. He called the success of his business a dream come true. Slife’s food truck is in downtown Evergreen, and it also is at several venues including school events.
“Evergreen has been by our side,” he said.
Wildflower Café received the People’s Choice award. Emily Langan, Wildflower’s manager, accepted the award.
Cindy Lempke was named Ambassador of the Year for the Evergreen chamber for her work with the chamber’s ambassadors, participating in ribbon cuttings, mentoring new members and more. Other nominees were Bruce Anderson and Janice Holmes.
Lisa Keeler, a volunteer with Evergreen Christian Outreach, was named Volunteer of the Year. Other nominees were Tiffany Lockwood and Cheri Rubin.
JOY International, a Bailey-based organization that works to stop child sex trafficking, was named Nonprofit of the Year and may be best known for its Barefoot Mile fundraising walks. Tonya Sweater, JOY’s events and development coordinator, accepted the award.
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