Ante Up! ECBC Banquet Honors Businesses, Raises Funds for Charity


Emery County Business Chamber President Laurel Magnuson presents the owners of Ponderosa Grill with the 2018 News Business of the Year award.

The Emery County Business Chamber’s annual banquet took on a fun twist this year as attendees were treated to a casino-themed event as they gathered to recognize businesses and raise funds for charity.

The evening began with dinner provided by The Fire Pit. While casino goers enjoyed their meal, the award presentations began with a donation to Rise Up in the amount of $400. The donation will benefit the efforts in preventing suicide locally.

The chamber then took time to honor businesses that excelled in 2018. First up, Staker & Parsons Co. was recognized with the 2018 Big Business of the Year award. In the Small Business of the year category, Castle Valley Supply took home the recognition.

Ponderosa Grill received the 2018 New Business of the Year award while JN Auto was recognized with the Customer Service Award. Popular eatery Ray’s Tavern was deemed the 2018 Tourism Business of the Year. Next up, the Business Endurance award was presented to Industrial Electric while Genco Mine Service/Huntington Parts City was honored with the Business Expansion award.

For the 2018 Non-Profit of Year award, Epicenter was recognized. The final award of the evening, the Volunteer of the Year, was presented to Patsy Stoddard.

Then, the games began as attendees worked to raise funds for Emery Caring for Kids. The recently-created program mirrors its Carbon County counterpart with a goal to ensure that no kid goes hungry after leaving school, specifically on the weekends and during school holidays. By the end of the evening, $800 had been raised for the local program.

“This makes my heart burst,” said Lindsey Oman, one of the founders of Emery Caring for Kids. “Thanks to all the amazing people who made this possible.”

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