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Jane Drussel, the owner of Jane’s Artifacts on Main Street in Hailey, accepted a prize for her staff for Best Customer Service.

The local business community got a spirited boost last Thursday when the Chamber of Hailey & the Wood River Valley singled out companies and individuals for recognition.

“The annual Chamber Awards Dinner was a fun evening and we had a great crowd come out to celebrate some of the local people, businesses and nonprofits that make the Wood River Valley such a special place,” chamber Executive Director Mike McKenna said.

The award banquet tool place at Penny’s Barn at Mountain Humane, the animal shelter near Hailey, with music provided by R.L. Rowsey and Wood River High School’s group Enchante.

Activities included a Wood River Valley trivia contest, door prizes and a new member raffle.

The winners were:

  • Nonprofit of the Year: St. Thomas Playhouse.
  • Community Service: D.L Evans Bank Manager Kelli Young.
  • Business of the Year: The Mint.
  • Community Improvement: Mountain Humane.
  • Customer Service: Jane’s Artifacts.
  • Outstanding Public Service: Mayor Fritz Haemmerle.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Bart Lassman.

The Chamber is a nonprofit organization that hosts regular Business After Hours get-togethers and other events, including the upcoming Turkey Trot fun run on Thanksgiving Day. It represents the interests of businesses throughout the Wood River Valley.

For more information, go to haileyidaho.com.

Email the writer: tevans@mtexpress.com

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