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Photos: Chamber celebrates Olympic style

Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair Kellie Burrows speaks at the annual awards banquet. She shared 2017 highlights and thanked chamber staff, members and volunteers. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Mulitmedia.1 / 7
West Wind Supper Club owner Tony Leone accepts the award for Large Business of the year, with West Wind Staff behind him. He took time to recognize his staff for their hard work. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.2 / 7
Bill Rasmussen was presented this year's Citizen of the Year award by his grandson, Liam (left.) That was just one of several awards given out at this year's Chamber of Commerce Awards and Recognition Banquet held Thursday, Feb. 1. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.3 / 7
Alena Taylor accepts the award for Non-Profit of the Year, on behalf of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Inc. Taylor thanked those who had supported Turningpoint in its endeavors. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia. 4 / 7
Mike O’Hara (left) and Dustin Dodge (right) from Swinging Bridge Brewing Company accept the award for Small Business of the Year. Dodge is the owner of Swinging Bridge Brewing Company. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.5 / 7
Brian Manion of WESTconsin Credit Union was named Ambassador of the Year. This award is chosen by other Chamber Ambassadors and was presented by last year's Ambassador of the Year, Monica Wright. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.6 / 7
Monica Robey holds up her "Chamber Champion" award. Robey was recognized for her hard work for the chamber. The award was presented by Chamber CEO Chris Blasius. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.7 / 7

The River Falls Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet in Olympic style Thursday, Feb. 1. Attendees were asked to wear gold, silver, or bronze accents to honor the Olympic theme.

Winners in each of the award categories were recognized at the banquet. The event, held at the UW-River Falls University Center Ballroom, included dinner, raffles, and more.

Winners are as follows:

• Ambassador of the Year: Brian Manion, WESTconsin Credit Union

• Citizen of the Year: Bill Rasmussen, Hammarback Law Office

• Non-Profit of the Year: Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse

• Small Business of the Year: Swinging Bridge Brewing Company

• Large Business of the Year: The West Wind Supper Club

• Chamber Champion: Monica Robey, Steiner Plumbing and Electric

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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