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Award Finalists to be Recognized during 55th Annual Event

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Gold Pan Awards will kick off at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 14 at the Dena'ina Center. This year's theme is again "Casino Royale" Attendants can get lucky at numerous casino-style games while enjoying live entertainment, drinks and appetizers, all while supporting this year's business finalists.

The Gold Pan Awards, now in its 55th year, are given to individuals, organizations and businesses for their commitment to community service, as well as those who have shown business and entrepreneurial excellence.

The 16 finalists in four categories are listed below. A short biography of each finalist can be found soon at

Distinguished Community Service by an Individual, Organization or Small Business
  • Kristin George (Beacon Media & Marketing)
  • Nerland Agency
  • Rich Owens (Tastee Freez)
  • Darl Schaff (Art Services North)

Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization

  • Alaska Communications
  • Credit Union 1
  • KTUU
  • Municipality of Anchorage

Business Excellence
  • Cornerstone General Contractors, Inc.
  • Dimond Center Hotel
  • Era Alaska
  • The Wilson Agency

Entrepreneurial Excellence
  • Cyrus Aldeman (Anchorage City Trolley Tours)
  • Ron Duncan (GCI)
  • John Schwartz (Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security)
  • Rick Thomas (The Chariot Group)

Volunteer of the Year Award
  • To be announced at this year's Gold Pan Awards

Tickets for the 55th annual Gold Pan Awards are now on sale. Cost is $40 per person. Tables of ten (10) for $400. Deadline to RSVP is by 5 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2012. Make your reservation at

For more details, e-mail , or call 272-2401.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven business organization with more than 1,100 members representing more than 60,000 employees. For businesses interested in membership, annual fees are based on the type of organization and number of full-time year-round employees. More information about the Anchorage Chamber is available at or by calling (907) 272-2401.

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