Chamber honors - and kids - community leaders
The Carbon County business community came together Thursday evening at the Tuscan Restaurant as the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce acknowledged several community leaders and board members while having a few laughs among the men and women who sustain the area's economy.
Emcee Nick Tatton was in fine form, coming off as what one listener called a mixture between Billy Crystal and Ricky Gervais.
USU Eastern celebrated its 75th anniversary at the banquet, a milestone that was punctuated by keynote remarks from USU Vice President for Commercialization and Region Development Robert Behunin. Over the course of his 20 minute address, he outlined several groundbreaking and vital projects which will have a direct effect on the area's economy and immediate future. See the Sun Advocate's Thursday edition for a full review of the vice president's remarks.
The chamber's award ceremony kicked off with their annual recognition of the community's media. The Sun Advocate, AJB Broadcasting and Castle Country Radio were all honored by the Chamber. Taking the time to poke a bit of fun, Tatton addressed "Uncle Tony Basso."
"For those of you keeping track at home, Tony is now the second vice president of the biggest mafia in Utah, the New Car Dealers Board of Directors. So congratulations on that," said Tatton to thunderous applause during his recognition of KUSA/KASL.
Additional Awards handed out included quarter century recognition for USU Eastern, accepted by Chancellor Joe Petersen. The Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year Award was presented to Sutherland's Wayne Clausing, who just completed his sixth year with the board.
"In addition to the great items he donated to the silent auction, I want everyone to know that Wayne hand delivered that toilet," laughed Tatton.
The toilet was actually a bid item in Chamber's silent auction for Perkie Travel.
This year's community service award was presented to the United Way of Eastern Utah, accepted by Executive Director Bill Maikranz and Campaign Coordinator Carol Wright. Despite being the smallest United Way in the organization's worldwide group, the Eastern Utah Chapter services seven counties. Locally they serve the Angel Tree Program, Sub for Santa, Sun Center and Special Wishes. They also allocated over $40,000 during the past calendar year.
The "Thank you for your Service Award," was given Erin Needles of Peczuh Printing.
The evening's festivities took on a serious note as 20 year Carbon County Commissioner Mike Milovich and late Castle Valley media titan Tom Anderson were honored with the Contribution to the Community Award.
"Mike's first order of business after leaving the old country to become a commissioner was to make the county fiscally solvent and has fought long and hard to stop the construction of the Gooseberry Narrows Dam," said Tatton. "He has served on the CIB since 1896 and many of the community buildings in this area bear his finger prints. In all seriousness, we are honored and pleased to present Mike Milovich this award."
Moving on the late Eastern Utah Broadcasting owner, Tatton spoke about Tom Anderson's dedication.
"He always lived by the creed, 'We are a community radio station.' Tom was at the helm for over 40 years, donating hundreds of thousands of dollars of his business's air time and personal assets to the community."
Accepting the award was Tom's son and current EUB Executive Director Paul Anderson.
This year's board member of the year was Kerry Jensen of Service Master Restoration, accepted by his wife Frankie. The President's Choice Award was given to Ethan Migliori, by 2013 President Bobbi Ockey, who went over just how much Miglori has meant to the organization, filling in as the Chamber's 2012 president stepped down.