2/18/2010 3:51:00 PM Verde Pride a showcase of community's finest
The Verde Pride Awards is a showcase of local residents who are committed to community service and quality of life; the ones who are always ready to give more to the community and lead by example.
They are the special people who make the area great. These nominees are the people that the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and the Verde Independent want to lift up as examples.
Chamber President and CEO Lana Tolleson says, "There are those in the community who should be awarded for their outstanding achievements. It a great opportunity to find the best of the best in the Verde Valley."
Pam Miller, publisher of Verde Valley Newspapers, Inc., explained the changes over earlier years' nomination processes, "This year we wanted to change up the mix and give the selection a higher interest and response.
"What we did is to make fewer categories overall, but those categories are more general and less specific to a trade, for example. The categories are areas where everyone can participate in the opportunity to name a person who is outstanding.
There is a category for the year's citizen of the year, businessperson, student, educator, tourism champion, organization and citizen of the year. There is also a classification for lifetime achiever.
"We felt those groupings were ones in which everyone could see the special 'lights' and contributors of our special area, " said Miller.
"We know you will recognize those lights in this year's winners."