Kudos! – December 23, 2011

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Chamber honors four residents for giving their all

Four local residents were honored for “tremendous leadership in solving problems, capitalizing on opportunities and bringing people together” by the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce during the recent State of the Region luncheon for El Paso County.

President of the Chamber Governmental Affairs and Public Policy division Stephannie Finley presented awards recognizing community members who have made important contributions to El Paso County.

The Regional Leader Award was presented to El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey for his work with the Regional Coalition for Strategic Federal Action, his partnership with the business community, his support of the military and his work with the Chamber/ El Paso County Barriers to Business Council.

A Distinctive Service Award was presented to Anne Wamser for her concern and care for small business through her work on the Chamber Small Business Advisory Board.

A Distinctive Service Award recognized Dr. Bob Holmes, CEO of Homeward Pikes Peak, who helped resolve the local homeless public property camping issue. He helped create the Police Department Homeless Outreach Team, which earned him and them international recognition.

The 2011 Community Leader of El Paso County award was presented to Gar Anneler for his steady approach to leadership, his meaningful engagement in the community for many years, his involvement of in The Chamber and concern for the well being of the business community.

Mountain West Credit Union Association honors members

Christine McClatchey, College Credit Union, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Mountain West Credit Union Association, which presented its top awards at its Colorado Foundations’ 4th Annual Gala Celebration. McClatchey was honored for distinguished volunteer service in the credit union movement for more than 10 years.

Mike Williams, Colorado Credit Union, was named Professional of the Year for demonstrating the highest standard of professionalism, service that benefits the community and exemplifying excellence in the credit union movement. He has served the credit union movement for 25 years and has been working for Colorado Credit Union for 19 years.

Core Capital Group celebrates 20 years

Core Capital Group, a global investment bank, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. Founded by John L. Graaff, Core Capital offers strategic advisory, merger and acquisition and capital sourcing services for lower and middle-market companies. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Core Capital offers expertise from senior-level dealmakers coupled with global reach.

Local Hospitality group celebrates, honors top members

The Southern Colorado Chapter of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International named Lindsay Audio Visual as its 2011 Vendor of the Year and Teri Adams-Fjellman as its 2011 Member of the Year.

Haunted Mines scares the Springs for six years, donates all the proceeds

The Haunted Mines scared 13,000 guests in 2011 and collected more than $100,000 for four local charities. The Haunted Mines, a nonprofit organization, runs an annual Halloween show in partnership with the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. More than 100 volunteers get “zombied” out for a show that leads visitors through a “haunted mine.” Each year, the money supports local charities. This year, proceeds from the Haunted Mines goes to Western Museum of Mining and Industry; Wescott Fire Department; Arson & Rescue Dog Program; and Tri-Lakes Cares.