Several of Steamboat Springs' leading residents are going to get a big surprise Saturday during the Centennial Grand Finale at the Steamboat Grand Resort.
A quartet of top awards, including the first winner of the city's Heritage Award will be presented that night. Both the Steamboat Pilot/Steamboat Today and Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association's "Business Leader of the Year" and "Business of the Year" awards will be presented during the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Plus, the Yampa Valley Business and Professional Women's "2000 Woman of the Year" will be named that night.
The chamber's Stephanie Rhoades promised the evening's program will be a lively one.
"We've planned to intersperse entertainment and awards, so no one's going to snooze off in the middle of the evening," she said. "I think it's going to be a pretty exciting event."
People who missed the original performances of the Centennial pageant, "Signatures," will want to purchase tickets for the gala, because the cast members will reprise up to three scenes from the show.
Longtime Yampa Valley songsmith Greg Scott will debut a new song, "The Tread of Pioneers," which he wrote specifically for the Centennial. And documentary videographer F.M. Smokey Vandergrift will show an excerpt from his new production, "The Story of Steamboat Springs, the first 100 Years."
People in a mood to preserve centennial memories also will be able to purchase signed copies of Deborah Olsen's lavishly illustrated book about Steamboat Springs history, "Legends."
The city of Steamboat Springs' Kim Symalla said the Heritage Award is meant to honor someone who has achieved a lifetime of giving to the community, not just in terms of monetary contributions, but in terms of time, energy and spirit.
"It's to be given to a longtime resident of Steamboat who has not only donated and volunteered time, but has really contributed to the community," Symalla said. "Someone who has spent a lifetime giving to the community."
Rhoades said the maximum number of people who can be hosted at the dinner and awards is 350. Although invitations just went into mailboxes on Oct. 12, already about one third of the tickets have sold, she said.
Tickets are $50 per person and $500 for a corporate 10-top table. "Steamboat elegant" attire is encouraged. Reservations may be made by calling Rhoades at 879-0882.
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