Apache Junction’s finest: Chamber honors volunteers, members at annual banquet

More than 150 people gathered May 28 to learn who the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce would recognize for their contributions to the community in 2014. Their achievements were chronicled at an awards banquet held at Dolce Vita at Superstition in Apache Junction.

The recipients were: Stacie Kyhn, Central Arizona College Professor of the Year; Nikki Smith, Apache Junction Unified School District Teacher of the Year; scholarship recipients Cameryn Fossell, Tamara James, Kathryn Moore and Melissa Rivera; Reps. Doug Coleman, David Farnsworth and Kelly Townsend, honored as friends of local business; Police Officer of the Year, Detective Danny Garcia of the Apache Junction Police Department; Firefighter of the Year, Mark Blackstone of the Superstition Fire and Medical District; Delores and Duane Larrew, Honorary Lifetime Members; Nancy Burgess, chamber Bob Lake Volunteer of the Year; the Apache Junction Food Bank, Nonprofit of the Year; Handlebar Pub and Grill, Small Business of the Year; and Republic Services, Large Business of the Year.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Mark LeResche, the chamber’s outgoing chairman of the board, passed his gavel on to his successor, Aaron McDermid.

The chamber awards were voted on by chamber members. The nominees for Large Business of the Year were Banner Goldfield, Wal-Mart and Republic Services.

Small Business of the Year nominees were Apache Family Dentistry, Canyon Carpet, Handlebar Pub and Grill and The Hitching Post.

Nonprofit of the Year nominees were Apache Junction Christian Community Church, Apache Junction Food Bank, Superstition Mountain Promotional Corp. and Superstition Mountain Museum.

Volunteer of the Year nominees were Ms. Burgess, Maxine Boyce, Scott Sims and Scott Taylor.

For more information about the chamber, visit its website or call 480-982-3141.

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