Congratulations to award winners
Published: Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Every year about this time, the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes some of its deserving citizens at its annual awards dinner event. It’s usually a gala, fun-filled evening of great food and entertainment and this year was no exception. The chamber solicits nominations from its members prior to the event. It is from these nominations that award recipients are chosen.
Mary and Duane Laflin of the Grand Magic Show in Custer were deserving winners of the Business Of the Year Award. Since leaving their former showplace home in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Laflins worked diligently to renovate the Show Barn into a top notch entertainment venue for their upbeat, Las Vegas-style illusion show.
The Lifetime Achievement Award winners, Ione and John Fejfar, have been in the hospitality business in Custer for over 30 years. They started as managers at the Presidents Cabins and Camp just east of Custer and then went to work for the MPS Hospitality group of five motels in west Custer where they became part-owners and managers.
Individual of the Year, Dave Powers, could not be at the meeting. Powers spearheaded the new ball field project at the intersection of Sidney Park Road and Highway 16A, just east of the high school. For the past year, we have watched its progress until it was completed this summer in time for home games for the local Custer Granite baseball team. That was a job well done.
Black Hills Cabin was the hands down winner of the Community Service Award. Organizers Jeff and Pat Baird could not be at the banquet, but the board members of the organization were there to accept the award.
Custer Mayor Gary Lipp was the deserving recipient of the Government Employee Award. Since he was elected mayor, Lipp has been an energetic promoter of Custer and an active participant in community events. He is doing an outstanding job of representing the office of Custer mayor.
None of the members of the Custer Volunteer Fire Department, except Mayor Lipp, were on hand to receive the Community Team Award. With four fires either burning or being mopped up in the area, they had other things on their minds. Their 32 members do a great job of responding to emergencies and fires all year long, 24-7.
Patty Ressler was recognized for her past years of heading up the popular annual Custer Buffalo Stampede Art Show and Auction. She stepped down at the end of this year with her duties taken over by Custer Chamber staff members.
Custer Chamber executive director Dave Ressler and his partner in the Two Guys With No Musical Talent show, Mitch McLain, were the recipients of the President’s Award from chamber president Wade Lampert.
Out-going chamber president Wade Lampert was recognized for his past six years at the helm of the organization. After getting married this past summer, he has moved to Rapid City where he is the general manager of the Hotel Alex Johnson. He also the incoming president of Black Hills Badland and Lakes Association.
Congratulations to all of the chamber’s award winners. You all make Custer and Custer County a better place for all of us to live!
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