Celebrating 150 years of commerce

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Evergreen Chamber event bestows annual awards

By Sandy Barnes

 “Hip, hip, huzzah!” shouted those gathered for the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce event at Red Rocks Country Club on Monday night.


John Steinle, administrator at the Hiwan Homestead Museum, led the group in the cheer to celebrate 150 years of commerce in Evergreen.

During his talk about the commercial history of Evergreen, Steinle noted its growth from the days when herds of cattle were driven through town to its emergence as a tourist destination in the early 1900s. 

The chamber’s Sparkle & Shine event paid tribute to emerging and long-established businesses in the community, and to those involved in promotional efforts.

Chamber president Lin Browning presented six categories of awards to businesses and organizations.

The Downtown Evergreen Business Association received the Diamond Award for business/organization of the year.

“It’s a collaboration of over 40 businesses,” noted Janice Stutters of Seasonally Yours, who accepted the award with Tricia Wales, president of the association. 

Rio del Sol restaurant owner Tom McGrath received the Sapphire Award recognizing a newer business. Evergreen resident McGrath purchased the restaurant last summer.

The Ruby Award honoring a health and wellness enterprise went to the Evergreen Park and Recreation District. EPRD Executive Director Scott Robson, who attended the event with district board members and staff, accepted the award.

Linda Kirkpatrick, publisher of JustAroundHere, garnered the Emerald Award for a business that is most uniquely Evergreen.

There were two recipients of the Pearl Heritage Award. Bob Benefield accepted an award for the Evergreen Rodeo Association, for which he serves a president. Alicia Sexton, chairman of the board of directors for the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors, accepted the award for her group.

During the evening, Nancy Dykeman, outgoing chairman of the board of directors for the chamber, handed her gavel over to John Ellis of Evergreen National Bank, who is taking on the role in the coming year.

More than 160 people attended the event, which is the chamber’s annual fund-raiser.

Browning said proceeds will be directed toward achieving the chamber’s goals of promoting businesses and fostering collaborative efforts within the community. Funds will also be used for additions to the chamber’s visitor center on Stagecoach Road.


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