On April 10, nearly 300 attendees gathered at Sunriver Resort to celebrate the region’s finest citizens and businesses at the 26th annual Star Awards for Greatness and Excellence event.
“This year we pulled out all the stops for Bend’s only Academy Awards for business,” said Robin Rogers senior vice president of programs and events for the Bend Chamber. “We had everything from new video production and live entertainment by the Central Oregon Aerial Arts Performance Troupe, Aura, to the unveiling of our first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Roger Lee.”
The Bend Chamber received more than 50 nominees. Nominations were open to Bend Chamber members. Citizen of the Year was open to both members and the community at large. All nominees, with the exception of the People’s Choice Award and Board of Directors Award of Distinction & Community Excellence, were judged by an individual panel of judges comprised of past winners, business owners, Bend Chamber Board Members and community dignitaries.
“Every one of our nominees is deserving,” said Rogers. “It’s these members, citizens and businesses that help our community prosper and thrive.”
- Lifetime Achievement: Roger Lee
- Citizen of the Year: Gary Whitley
- Large Business of the Year: Webfoot Painting Co.
- Small Business of the Year: The Bend Radio Group
- Nonprofit Organization of the Year: The Center Foundation
- New and Emerging Business of the Year: Pure Barre
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Call of the Wild Adventures Inc.
- Healthy Workplace of the Year: Bend Research Inc.
- Board of Directors Award of Distinction & Community Excellence: Brooks Resources Corporation
- People’s Choice Award: Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades