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Deadwood Chamber of Commerce honors 7 at annual awards ceremony

December 14, 2018

DEADWOOD — Seven dedicated Deadwood servants were honored for going above and beyond at the annual Deadwood Chamber of Commerce Holiday Open House Thursday night at the visitor center.

Deadwood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lee Harstad presented the awards, for which nominations were gathered over the last few months. The nominees were chosen by the chamber’s executive committee. The evening’s honors were topped off with the introduction of a new award, the Chuck Turbiville Leadership Award, inspired by Deadwood’s former mayor who passed away in October.

Mayor David Ruth, Jr. and Louie Lalonde, who leads Deadwood Revitalization, were each presented the Chuck Turbiville Leadership Award.

“A Deadwood man through and through, this gentleman is both a public servant and an integral part of a major Deadwood business,” Harstad said of Ruth.

“She’s always been a leader in town, sometimes behind the scenes, and sometimes in front of it all,” Harstad said of Lalonde.

The Nell Perrigoue Award, presented in memory of the longtime resident of the same name who marched to her own beat, was awarded posthumously to Turbiville.

“Mayor Chuck excelled in making lives better for those around him,” Harstad said.

The Spirit of Deadwood Award, presented to a community member who does their part to keep Deadwood the famed place it is, was presented to Jeanna Dewey.

“This award goes to someone who’s more than a spirited supporter of Deadwood; it goes to someone who has Deadwood ingrained in their DNA,” Harstad said.

The Employee of the Year, which goes to an employee who takes great pride in their work and community, while providing the best customer service possible, went to Lisa Johnson of Madame Peacocks.

“This employee has played a huge role in this expanding business, and its owners can’t sing her praises enough,” Harstad said.

The Business of the Year Award, which goes to a business that goes above and beyond to provide the best services possible, went to MS Mail.

“This award goes to a business that will, without a doubt, go the extra mile to make sure their customers get what they need,” Harstad said.

The Young Professional of the Year award, given to an area resident between the ages of 21-40 who showcases community involvement, business sense and spirit, was awarded to Amber Diers.

“She is an ace of customer service, and her staff takes note,” Harstad said.

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