Festive annual banquet recognizes achievements of partners and other individuals and organizations for their support of the local visitor industry at the 2019 Annual Awards Banquet on April 26 at Aurora Pointe Activity Center. Awards were presented as follows: Golden Heart Award to Connie Parks-Karl, for her exceptional hospitality, commitment and effort to Fairbanks’ visitors; Aurora Award to the Salmon Berry Tours, for its contributions to the development of the Fairbanks visitor industry; Jim and Mary Binkley Award to Borealis Basecamp, for their creation, innovation, courage and entrepreneurialism in the introduction of a new product; and the Raven Award to Dr. Larry Hinzman (represented by Marie-Sylvestre Belanger), for promoting a distinct local, statewide, national and international interest and awareness among prospective visitors. Colleen and Leo Zeek were recognized as Golden Heart Greeters of the Year for dedicating themselves to helping make a visitor’s experience special and memorable. Staff service awards included Judy Dellinger, Bob Eley, Jerry Evans, and Scott McCrea for five years of service; Kasey Gillam for 15 years of service; and Deb Hickok for 20 years of service.
2019 Annual Banquet
Friday, May 31, 2019