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Community leaders recognized at Polson chamber banquet

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POLSON — On Saturday, April 9, the Polson Chamber of Commerce held the Denim and Diamonds Banquet to celebrate those who go above and beyond for the community. 

An annual event, chamber president Mandy Smith says the award ceremony is meant to highlight volunteers and the people who have taken leadership roles. “(These people) help make the community the special place that we live in,” Smith said. 

There are six awards given out to celebrate groups and individuals for the previous year. Nominated by members of the community and then chosen by the chamber board, the following awards were given on Saturday for 2021:

- Non-Profit Organization of the Year: Mission Mountain Enterprises

- Polson Leadership Award: Nate Lundeen

- Citizen of the Year: Carmine Mowbray

- Community Volunteer of the Year: Mary Martin

- Business of the Year: The Cove Deli

- Ambassador of the Year: Rich Forbis

The event was also, Smith said, the kickoff to more in-person activity from the chamber. The Support Polson Late Afternoon Social Hour (S.P.L.A.S.H.) events, designed to both support local businesses and allow people to network, will resume for the first time since last year, starting on May 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. The location has not yet been determined. S.P.L.A.S.H. events will take place on the third Thursday of each month.

The Polson chamber luncheons, which have been held over Zoom for the past several months, will also resume meeting in person starting on May 4 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the KwaTaqNuk. 

“We’re really excited, and optimistic that maybe we can keep these going now,” Smith said.

Upcoming chamber events and their details can be viewed at

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