Over 350 attended the Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet held
at McCody Concrete on Friday January 19, 2018.
Steve Slocum, this year’s emcee,
welcomed special guests Miss ND Lizzie Jensen and Lieutenant Governor Brent
Sanford to start off the evening singing the National Anthem and addressing the
crowd, respectively. This past year, the membership nominated 28
individuals: a testament to the quality
of people living and working in this community.
Nominees, volunteers, chamber staff, and the Chamber Board of Directors
were recognized. Then the Chamber
presented six awards. Award winners are:
Connector Award – Crystal Purdy (Candlewood Suites)
Engagement Award – Brandy LaDue (Major Mortgage)
Koeser Advocacy Award – Brent Eslinger (Halliburton)
Leadership Award – Daniel Kalil (Williams County Commission)
Award – Jordis Larvick
Western Star Award – Diane Hagen
Chamber’s oldest and highest award is the Distinguished Western Star
Award. It is presented to an individual
promoting Williston as a great place to live and work over a period of time. The 2017 awardee, Diane Hagen, was celebrated
for being a "cheerleader extraordinaire" for Williston during her
many years, but especially as Executive Director of the Chamber. Her time with the Williston State College
Foundation and with the Old Armory, plus her volunteer efforts to various
Williston organizations were also recognized.
She received a standing ovation from the audience.
Attendees finished off their evening with an entertaining
and comical Humorist Devin Henderson.
Additionally, attendees bid on over 50 silent auction items donated by
Chamber member businesses. A portion of
this year’s silent auction proceeds will go to Eckert Youth Homes, a
participant from the Chamber's 2017 Helping Hands Nonprofit Expo. Other Chamber members who contributed to this
event include: Basin Contracting & Environmental Services, Basin Safety
Consulting, The Shopper, Style Uncorked Boutique, Ackerman-Estvold, AE2S,
American State Bank & Trust, API-Williston Basin Chapter, CHI St. Alexius
Health Williston, City of Williston, FCI Constructors, First International Bank
& Trust, Halliburton, KLE Construction, Lee Suess, Loenbro Pipeline,
Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative, ONEOK, Western Cooperative Credit
Union, Williston Fire & Safety, Williston Herald, Williston State College
Foundation, Cash Wise, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Outlaws Bar & Grill, Williston
State College women’s basketball team, Studio 89, The Grand Williston Hotel, 4
Mile Bar, 26th Street Liquor, and CHI Health at Home.