Get to know the 2022 Honoree Celebration Nominees

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Nonprofit of the year nominees:

Evergreen Animal Protective League: EAPL is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing aid to lost, abandoned, and suffering animals through rescue, shelter and education.  *Not eligible to win this year*

Ovation West Performing Arts: Nonprofit of six programs serving adults and youth, dedicated to teaching, creating, and performing outstanding music and musical theatre, as well as providing a high quality performing arts venue.

Evergreen Christian Outreach: Evergreen Christian Outreach serves 300+ local families with a food bank, jobs program, emergency financial help and other programs to help families move towards self-sufficiency and sustainability.*Not eligible to win this year*

 Joy International: Joy international is dedicated to the rescue, restoration, and reintegration of children, teens and young women affected by trafficking and the prevention of child trafficking worldwide.

Elk Run Assisted Living Community: Elk Run is a non-profit, faith based organization here in Evergreen, offering assisted living and respite services. Respite services are an option for families who need guilt-free time. Pet Friendly.

PeaceWorks, Inc.: PeaceWorks provides inclusive services: crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy & education to survivors/families of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence & stalking

 Rotary Club of Evergreen: The Rotary Club of Evergreen is dedicated to providing service to the mountain community of Evergreen, surrounding communities and to people all over the world.  ''Service Above Self'' with Joy! *Not eligible to win this year*

Evergreen Legacy Fund: The Evergreen Legacy Fund (ELF) is an all voluntary group of property, business owners who strive to preserve our mountain culture and community from infrastructure over-use and under-repair.

Evergreen Sustainability Alliance: Evergreen Sustainability Alliance (formerly EAS+Y) is a nonprofit with the mission to foster local, sustainable solutions for waste streams, energy use, and food sources in the Evergreen foothills.

Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice: Caring for Colorado mountain-area residents in the communities surrounding Mount Evans - providing home health care, palliative care, hospice care and emotional support. *Not eligible to win this year*

Resilience 1220: FREE Confidential Counseling for young people ages 12-20 in the Mountain Communities West of Denver, Individual Counseling and Group Counseling, Services Provided by Licensed Therapists.


Volunteer of the year nominees:

Lisa Keeler- is avolunteer at the Evergreen Christian Outreach Foodbank helping those experiencing food insecurity in our community.

Tiffany Lockwood- is a long time volunteer on the Outreach Committee for Mountain Metro Area Realtors helping with events like the collection of hats and mittens to benefit Evergreen Christian Outreach.

Cheri Rubin-has been the long standing executive director of the Evergreen Music Festival which held two concerts in 2021.

Ambassador of the year nominees:

Cindy Lempke-is an Evergreen Chamber Ambassador attending nearly all the Chamber ribbon cuttings while also acting as a mentor to newer Chamber members.

Janice Holmes-is the head of the Evergreen Chamber Ambassador program coordinating monthly gatherings for the Ambassadors while also attending ribbon cuttings and mentoring over 15 new members at once.

Bruce Anderson-has been an Evergreen Chamber Ambassador for over five years attending events and ribbon cuttings.

Leader of the year nominees:

Clayton Huffman

Clayton Huffman is a long time resident of the Evergreen area, a Past Exalted Ruler at the Evergreen Elks Lodge, and a Veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in the Vietnam War. He is an ever present supporter of the Evergreen community through the Elks Lodge. He helps with the planning and execution of many Evergreen traditions, such as the Jazz Festival, Evergreen Rodeo, and the annual Easter Egg Hunt & Free Breakfast (which has been on hiatus since Covid)

Clayton is always doing what he can to support and better the lives of his fellow Veterans, and his community. He is the CNW District Veterans Chair for the Colorado Elks Association, a Member of the CEA Veterans Committee and the Clear Creek Veterans Coalition, and he is the Evergreen Elks Lodge Chair for Laradon Hall and Veterans Services. When he is not fulfilling his duties for those roles, he is taking action to help Veterans in any way he can, including: transporting them to/from doctors appointments, the airport, etc., buying breakfast for Veterans awaiting appointments at the VA Hospital, planning Veterans Day and Vietnam Veterans’ Day Dinners, helping out at Family Day, deployment, and other CO National Guard events, helping load and transport food to Buckley Space Force Base for National Guard Families, and SO much more. And, when he’s not doing those things, he’s participating in the 2021 Veteran’s Walk for Hunger (COANG), the annual 9/11 walk in Idaho Springs, delivering gift cards for Veterans in need funded by CEA grants, gloves for Veterans at the Spinal Ward at Aurora VA Hospital, or working on making each years Wreaths Across America Day in the Evergreen area bigger, better, and more meaningful than the year before.

To say that his efforts go above and beyond would be an understatement. He strives to ensure that each and every Veteran he interacts with and supports knows, without any doubt, how valuable they, and their service to the Unites States and it’s Armed Forces truly are. They part with him knowing that they are appreciated and honored, and, very likely, with Clayton’s phone number in their pocket, so that, should they ever need a thing, they know how to reach him! He is, without question, a selfless and devoted Champion for his fellow Veterans. Regardless of age, Branch, Rank, or any other factor, he treats every Veteran as a Hero, who deserves honor and respect from all American citizens. He never backs down from a challenging situation, and is never too busy to lend a helping hand when it is needed. And all that he does, he does with a warm smile, and a kind heart.


Pandora & John Erlandson:

During a very difficult time, realtors Pandora and John have continued to provide leadership, support and sponsorship for events that brought the Evergreen Community together. They created Sparkle for Special Needs underwriting all the expenses and marketing so that 100% of the proceeds go to special needs. Boogie Benefits became a 501c3 having evolved from Boogie at the Barn which has raised well over $100,00 over the years for various community non-profits, even during Covid. Adding to his long history of using music to bring community together, John produced Originals that has become the Center for the Arts Summer Concert Series and has recently joined the CAE Board of Directors. Pandora is now serving her second term as Board President of Mountain Area Land Trust and is currently a Leadership Evergreen Advisory Board member.

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