By Kelsey Keener
Iron County Today
CEDAR CITY–The 67th annual Best of Cedar City Awards Banquet took place last Thursday evening in the SUU Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom. This year’s theme for the banquet was “On Top of the World,” with hot air balloon table centerpieces and decorations.
Awards Banquet Chair Donna Johnson welcomed guests and award winners before introducing Master of Ceremonies Mike Green of Iron Forge Media. Green introduced the Rosin Duo, Daniel Gaisford and Jessika Soli, who provided entertainment for the event.
After dinner and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Mayor Maile Wilson, Green introduced Chad Westwood, past chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
“It’s amazing the benefits that we can provide for each of our members,” Westwood said. “The Chamber is for business, for expansion, for helping and for supporting and sustaining businesses here, locally in Cedar City.”
Danny Stewart, 2018 Chair, welcomed new board members and offered remarks on expectations for the coming year.
Chris McCormick presented the Ambassador Spirit Award to Tyler Melling, the chair elect for 2019, and then the awards ceremony began. A short video of the award winner and his or her sponsor was played before each award was presented.
Cedar City Motor Company was awarded 2017 Business of the Year; 2017 Employer of the Year was given to Intermountain Cedar City Hospital; Holmes Barber Shop received the 2017 Customer Service and Hospitality Business of the Year Award; and 2017 Innovative Business of the Year was awarded to Staheli West.
Allen Lee received the 2017 Educator of the Year Award; Kaliegh Bronson was award 2017 Young Citizen of the Year; 2017 Restaurant of the Year was given to Milt’s Stage Shop; The Orchestra of Southern Utah was awarded 2017 Organization of the Year; and 2017 Man of the Year was awarded to Police Chief Darin Adams.
The 2017 Woman of the Year was given to Shannon Dulaney; Jeff Dansie received the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award; 2017 Medical Professional of the Year was awarded to Dr. Tyler Brinkerhoff; Harold Shirley received the 2017 Legacy Award for Lifetime Achievement; and AMPAC Specialty Chemicals was awarded the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Award.