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Optimism the theme of Cheyenne County Chamber Awards Banquet

SIDNEY, Neb. - The annual Cheyenne County Chamber Awards Banquet took place Saturday night at the Country Inn & Suites in Sidney. Guests enjoyed an evening full of entertainment from local talent and the award recognition of several businesses, organizations and individuals in the county. 

The theme of the Banquet was Hollywood with film reels, life size cutouts of superheroes, and glitter adorning the conference room, but as the night went along, that theme started to change. 

As each award was accepted, either the person or one of the members of a winning group addressed the crowd with gratitude and, in several cases, a message of optimism. Accepting the Chamber Supporter of the Year Award on behalf of the City of Sidney was both City Manager Ed Sadler, and Mayor Joe Arterburn. With some of the uncertainty and questions surrounding Sidney, Arterburn spoke of the importance of the Chamber and local residents.

“As I look around this room, I see many of you who have already reached out and helped us in our efforts to continue to grow this wonderful city,” Arterburn said. “While we may not get the Googles or Apples of the world, we believe with our strong work force and a wonderful organization, like the Chamber, that our city is not only going to endure, but thrive as we move into the future and bring other businesses to Sidney.”

Another positive message came from the recipient of the Ralph Olsen Award, given to the Chamber Board Member who, “has gone above and beyond to serve the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors,” John Phillips.

“Everyone in here can make a difference in our town,” Phillips exclaimed. “There’s no reason to sit by with a negative mind set and think of the worst, when you can go out, get involved in the community, and make our town that much more desirable.”

Similar messages as the ones from Arterburn and Phillips were echoed from several award recipients throughout the evening leaving those in attendance walking away with a sense of hope and excitement to see what the future has in store for the town of Sidney, and Cheyenne County as a whole.

Other award winners include the following: Creekside Animal Hospital, New Business of the Year; Western Drug, Outstanding Customer Service; Timm Lindemann, Citizen of the Year; LukJan Great Plains, Economic Development Project of the Year; Bomgaars, Business Revitalization Award; Potter Lions Club, Community Impact Award; Adams Industries, E.K. Yanney Award; Andrew Sherman, Community Leader Award; John and Kim Phillips, Edna Anderson Award; the Cheyenne County Fair Board, Friend of Tourism Award; The Kings Daughters, Heroes Among Us Award; and Margaret Lienemann, Ambassador of the Year.



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