On Feb. 12 Delta Area Chamber of Commerce threw its annual banquet at the Delta Elks Lodge. The event started at 6 p.m. with music, Vegas games, a cash bar and catering by Needle Rock Brewing Company and Daveto's.
Paul Stockwell, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the event by presenting flowers to Dawn Standish and Portia Vigil.
"At this time I would like to recognize Dawn Standish as our distinguished board member. We present these flowers to Dawn Standish for her willingness to always be present at chamber events and to go above and beyond to the chamber's benefit. She has been instrumental in the organization of the Deltarado Days Rodeo for a number of years and we could not do it without her."
Stockwell continued, "I would also like to introduce Portia Vigil. As many may know, Portia has been the chamber board of directors president over the last year. We could not have asked for better leadership and in light of all of her contributions to the chamber we would like to present these flowers to her in recognition of a job well done."
Vigil gave a brief speech recognizing the importance of the chamber of commerce in the growth of the community. She also gave the stats of the number of people and vendors at each of the chamber's 2018 events.
The chamber hosted the Spring Expo, Downtown Deltafest, Deltarado Days and Parade of Lights. The chamber ambassadors facilitated Dancing with the Stars.
"Two business who were top notch last year and participated in events or put forth sponsorship was were JC Propane and Y Bar Hitch," Vigil said. "JC Propane continually shows support and interest in our community events and growth. Y Bar Hitch works tirelessly at every event requested to bring their unique carriage ride."
She concluded by stating that at the end of the year the chamber of commerce gained 20 new members for a total of 297 chamber members.
Then Fred Carson was invited to the stage by Portia as the new chamber board president.
Carson introduced the 2019 chamber board members -- Jessica Good, vice president; Susan Welk-Valdez, treasurer; Dawn Standish, director; Cecilia Tafoya, director; Mariah Emond, director; Bonnie Mitchell, director; Kyle Alward, director; and Portia Vigil, director/outgoing president.
Award winners were then announced:
Business of the Year -- First Colorado National Bank.
New Business of the Year -- Needle Rock Brewing Company.
Nonprofit of the Year -- Vision Charter Academy.
Volunteer of the Year -- Mary Pfalzgraff.
Educator of the Year -- Willyn Webb.
After the awards were given out, everyone was invited to continue playing games, eating and drinking. DJ Tony Zane encouraged everyone to get up on stage and sing.
Throughout the course of the evening raffle tickets were drawn. The event lasted until 11 p.m. and was considered a huge success.