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Celebrating Valley County

Whether it is the rivers and parks, the shopping and coffee shops or the organizations and people, we all have reasons why we love Valley County. Our community has so many wonderful people and places we want to celebrate the culture that makes Valley County a unique place to live, work, play and give.

The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce, Valley County Economic Development and Valley County Community Foundation Fund will be hosting the Annual Awards Celebration on Friday, March 7th with live music, delicious food by Sandstone Grill and Melanie Boden, a cash bar and awards presentations.

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We hope you are able to join our celebration on Friday, March 7th at the Valley Performing Arts Theater in downtown Ord.  Daniel Christian will be performing live, showcasing his musical talents and creative lyrics focused on the cultural of rural communities.  Get your tickets now!  Advance tickets are available at the Chamber/VCED/VCCFF office and Valley Fire for $20/person or $35/couple. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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One of the featured programs during the event is the annual award presentations.  During the past few weeks, Ord Area Chamber members and Valley County Economic Development sponsors have nominated and voted for individuals, businesses and organizations for six award categories. The Valley County Community Foundation Fund will be presenting three philanthropic awards which VCCFF donors have nominated and voted for.  A total of 66 outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations have been nominated for the nine awards which will be presented at the celebration event.  All nominees and the comments that were included with the nomination survey are listed below…

PARTNER IN PROGRESS
Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce.
This individual has made notable contributions to the community throughout the past year with their entrepreneurial efforts and leadership. They actively participate and have dedicated their time to help with Chamber projects.

AARON & MEGAN CARGILL
ANNE CLAUSEN
GAYLORD BOILESEN
“Mr. Boilesen is always supportive of this community and continues to improve his business here in Ord. He leads by example and that is the sign of a true leader.”
GENE RADKE
HEATHER SIKYTA
“Heather provides her time and talent to numerous organizations throughout our community.”
HEIDI PROSKOCIL
“Heidi is extremely active in our community and gives her time and talent in many valuable ways. She is the President of the Chamber, active in the Loup Valley LEAD, and a participant in the SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy. She also represents Ord and Valley County on a regional level as an officer and director of the Nebraska Land Title Association as well as the chairman of the legislative committee for the Nebraska Land Title Association. She and her husband are entrepreneurs and small business owners. She is also a founder and continuing donor of the Valley County Community Foundation Fund.”
KAYLA HINRICHS
“For seeing the value of bringing Dr. Denise Trudeau to Ord.”
KEVIN & KELLY KREGER
“Kevin and Kelly certainly lead by example when it comes to running a successful business and being actively involved in your community. Their leadership has had a positive impact in our community since they have relocated to Valley County.” – “Kevin serves on the Chamber board and is active with the workforce task force. He and his wife exemplify entrepreneurship. They have created and marketed a highly successful company, Normal Roasting Company. Kevin has started and successfully operated an excellent carpentry company.”
MIKE KLIMEK, JADE STUNKEL, CALEB POLLARD
“Need I say more.”
MISKO SPORTS

RISING STAR AWARD
Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce.
This award recognizes a business that has been established within the past five years. This could also include a business that has experienced a transition of ownership or pursued a new venture within this time period. They contribute to the community and actively participate in the Chamber.

ELEMENTS SALON, SPA & BOUTIQUE
JENNIFER SCHAUER PHOTOGRAPHY
“Jennifer’s passion for helping others comes through with her photography. She will do great things as her photography career develops.”
KM INTERIORS – KIM MUNDT
“Kim serves on the Chamber board and is engaged in many activities. Her interior decorating company fills a void in the county. She is imaginative, industrious and very ethical. Kim can be counted on to keep her word and do an outstanding job every time.” – “Kim has worked hard to promote her business and it is great to see her involved in the community, Chamber, etc. She is an exceptional person and very talented lady!”
KNLV RADIO
KRISTI HAGSTROM – ORD TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
“The transition that the Library has gone through these past years has been outstanding. Kristi goes to Building Blocks Preschool to read to the students, they offer movie days on school’s early outs (wonderful for parents of elementary students), story time for preschoolers and parents, movie night for adults, and the list goes on and on. The Ord Township Library staff and Board of Directors are teaching a new generation to love books and giving the rest of us a reason to become reacquainted with the Library.”
ORD SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS – LUKE STAAB
SCRATCHTOWN BREWING COMPANY
“Scratchtown for inspiring others to follow their dreams.” – “Scratchtown Brewery, of course!” – “This new business has generated excitement in Ord and statewide, and attracts a variety of locals and visitors to sample their brews. The owners are three energetic families who are interested in not just growing their business, but working to improve our community as well. Scratchtown is truly a rising star.” – “Scratchtown Brewery has become an instant hit in our community and constantly works at keeping that growth moving forward.”

INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND/OR WEBSITE AWARD
Presented by the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce.
This award is to recognize a business that has created an interactive website(s) or social media site(s) to improve their business and/or has been an active user of www.ShopOrd.com.

ANDERSON PHARMACY
“Anderson Pharmacy is an active user of ShopOrd.com. All Ord businesses should follow Mike Blaha’s lead in utilizing technology to enhance business success.”
CREATIVE DESIGNS
KM INTERIORS
“Kim has capitalized on the opportunity to utilize ShopOrd.com to promote her business and broaden her customer base. She has also developed a wonderful website, Facebook page and Pinterest account to engage her current and future clients and promote her product and service offerings.”
KNLV RADIO
ORD FBLA CHANT APPAREL
ORD HOUSING AUTHORITY
“oha@ordhousing.net”
SCRATCHTOWN BREWING COMPANY
“Scratchtown Brewery takes full advantage of Facebook, their website and other media outlets to get their name out to the public.”
VALLEY COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM FOUNDATION
“They have become more active and visible through their Facebook page and website. It is nice to see and hear about what they are doing and their events.”

SILVER CITIZEN AWARD
Presented by Valley County Economic Development.
This individual is at least 50 years old, has made notable contributions to our community and encourages partnerships and collaboration to achieve economic growth for the greater good of Valley County.

CHUCK ZANGGER
“Mr. Zangger is very involved in his families business and within the community. He serves on local boards and is
very supportive of our youth and local events, fundraisers, etc.”
CURT SIKYTA
GENE MCCOY
JOE WADAS
“Joe’s contributions to our community are limitless, his selfless attitude is a model for us all.”
LARRY SCHULTZ
“Larry works very hard to positively impact many organizations within Valley County. He currently serves on the Economic Development board and the Community Foundation board. He presently chairs the sales tax reelection committee. He always helps with marketing positive things.”
LYNN GRIFFITH
“As the Publisher of the Ord Quiz, Griff has made notable contributions to our community throughout the years by supporting new and current businesses in our community and by offering in-kind services to promote a variety of community development programs.”
MARY MOLLE
RICH KLIMEK
RICHARD & MARGENNE BOSSEN
ROGER GOLDFISH
STEVE WOLF – WOLF AUCTION & REAL ESTATE

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & IMPROVEMENT AWARD
Presented by Valley County Economic Development.
This award is to recognize a project that has helped to improve Valley County and/or benefit Valley Count residents. Please indicate the individual(s) or organization(s)
responsible for the success of this project.

JEANETTE KOELLING/GOOD BEGINNINGS GROUP THROUGH VCHS
“This group puts on a Kids Fair every year that is so wonderful for families. They also give our informational/educational gift bags to new parents in Valley County. In addition, they have donated new books to the local library and had a literacy fair for the youth at the elementary school. These volunteers show they care about our youth and their projects are all appreciated.”
KIDS ENTREPRENEUR FAIR
NEW CITY OFFICE
“City office relocation to old Presbyterian church. Building donated by Dale/Janie Zadina. City employees involved
in remodeling to help keep costs low.”
ORD HIGH SCHOOL SERVICE LEARNING DAY
“The willingness of staff and students to take time to give back to our community is awesome. The life lessons taught outside of the classroom adds depth to their curriculum.”
ROTARY CLUB
“Rotary Club does many projects to benefit the community and area.”
SYNOVATION VALLEY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY & YOUTH LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM
“SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy is an investment in our local human capital and is creating lasting impacts for individuals within our community that will ultimately influence families, businesses and civic organizations in positive ways. The youth leadership curriculum is instilling dynamic leadership skills in our youth which will benefit them throughout the rest of their education and their lives.” – “(SVLA) is developing impactful leaders for our future. (Dahn) Hagge with VCCFF, (Kristina) Foth with ED, (Kayla) Hinrichs with NU Extension and (Mark) Hagge with OHS have developed an amazing curriculum and program from which the entire community will benefit for years to come.”
VALLEY COUNTY FAIR BOARD

EXCELLENCE IN AGRIBUSINESS
Presented by Valley County Economic Development.
This award is to recognize a business or individual for their service and dedication to agriculture as a producer or an agriculture related service business.

AGLAND ELECTRIC & IRRIGATION
“Corey Schaaf is always willing to step in and offer a hand to help. He has a great sense of community and has grown his business as a wonderful entrepreneur.”
COUNTRY PARTNERS COOP
GAYLORD BOILESEN & THE PARTS BIN
“The Parts Bin stays open long hours and even make deliveries all over the county. Gaylord has developed a perfect model for retailers and service providers to be successful. He has also made Loup Valley Transport a very successful business.”
GREEN PLAINS RENEWABLE ENERGY
“Green Plains provides significant economic impact for our local community.”
HACKEL CUSTOM – BRIGIM HACKEL
JAMES KNAPP
LARRY & AL KOELLING
MIKE WINKELBAUER
“Farmer/Rancher”
ORD FFA & ADVISORS DAVE FERENCE & CORY BERAN
“Ord’s FFA program provides students with the opportunity to learn and grow their interest in agriculture, as well as encouraging community service and leadership.”
ZANGGERS POPCORN HYBRIDS
“This global business is a shining example of innovative people living in rural Nebraska and
conducting business on a global scale. Zanggers are continuously working to improve and expand their business and they are willing to share
their knowledge and experience to help other agricultural producers.”

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Presented by the Valley County Community Foundation Fund.
This award is to recognize a notable individual or organization (teacher, EMT, police, etc.) that provides valuable public services to the people of Valley County.

GAYLORD BOILESEN
“In my short time here, Gaylord has shown a strong ability to be a “bridge builder”. He is always willing to
mediate and is very good at bringing opposing parties together and facilitating the process to achieve the best possible outcome for all
involved. He is responsible for many past and current projects coming to fruition in Valley County.”
HEARTLAND YOUTH RANCH
“This organization provides valuable experiences for youth and families in our community for not cost. They teach children self confidence and a strong work ethic through the responsibilities of caring for a horse. Their effort to grow and improve their organization is admirable.”
MARK HAGGE, JODI SELL & MINDY CONNER
“Mark, Jodi and Mindy have worked collaboratively as educators of the Ord and Arcadia School Districts to design and implement the Synovation Valley Leadership Academy Youth Curriculum in both school districts. They have given countless hours of their time and talent to inspire our youth through leadership development education. It is very exciting that our youth are learning valuable leadership skills in the eighth grade which will empower them to be highly effective adult leaders! Thank you to this dynamic triad for their vision and passion for youth education and leadership development.”
ROBERT STOWELL
“A true servant to the community!”
SENIOR CLASSICS (SENIOR CENTER)
“What a wonderful place for people to get a good meal, meet, etc! I think they are forgotten many times, but they are a great asset to this community!”
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT & EMTS
“The volunteer fire department and the emergency medical technicians providing a service that we cannot do without. Their tireless services provide a comfort to residents that is very important to quality of life.” – “The volunteer firemen, first responders and EMTs who make up the department spend countless hours of time away from their work and families each year to ensure the safety of the residents of Ord and the surrounding area. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of men and women who are willing to drop everything and respond when they are needed.”
VOLUNTEERS AT SECOND HAND ROSE

EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG CITIZEN
Presented by the Valley County Community Foundation Fund.
This individual is 30 years old or younger and has made notable contributions to their school, community and Valley County.

CRYSTAL RAMM
“Crystal is a newcomer to our community and has jumped right into embracing our local culture and has become
involved in a variety of local projects. Her role as the CCC Ord Learning Center manger allows her to connect with community members and
help address their educational needs. She has also been involved with The Big Give, being a mentor and guest judge for the Youth
Entrepreneur Showcase and other youth engagement opportunities.”
J.R. LANGE
“JR has recently returned home and is making an immediate impact by volunteering to assist in many ways. He serves on the VCCFF Board, VCHF good beginnings, and volunteered to attend 6 peer learning sessions for the Sherwood foundation grant.” – “J.R. is increasingly involved in his community outside of his professional life. He is eager to volunteer when asked and will continue to grow as a agent for positive change in Valley County.”
KRISTINA FOTH
“Kristina makes a positive impact on Valley County everyday through her work and personal service. She helps lead multiple organizations and willingly gives her time and talents to develop innovative programming to enhance entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy and business development in Valley County. She serves on the SynoVation Valley Leadership Academy Core Design Committee, the Valley County Philanthropic Partners/Big Give to Valley County committee and many others. She also works to promote tourism and recruitment of young professionals and alumni to our area. We are very lucky she chose to return to her hometown to live and work!”
MATT WOODWARD
“Matt has made an indelible contribution to our community through his work with youth at Ord Jr./Sr. High School. I am certain Matt will continue to make a positive impact on our community in his new role.”
SHELBY KITTLE
“This young lady has really worked hard on being a young entrepreneur, and organized a fundraiser on her own for a fellow student. Awesome example to other young people!”

HIGH IMPACT ORGANIZATION
Presented by Valley County Community Foundation Fund.
This nonprofit organization has demonstrated good stewardship of dollars and exhibits community impact and involvement for the betterment of Valley County.

GREATER LOUP VALLEY ACTIVITIES (GLVA)
“GLVA has time and time again contributed to the physical and social wellness of residents and visitors in the Loup Valley. Their commitment of funds for the Ord Aquatic & Recreation Facility will allow for the fulfillment of the project.”
HEARTLAND YOUTH RANCH
“Heartland Youth Ranch provides exemplary services for youth and families through the country to spend quality time together while sharing their love for horses and rural life. Heartland provides these opportunities free of charge to all families and conducted over 200 sessions last year. They are constantly seeking new growth and improvements within their organization and the services they provide. Susan also gives her time and talents to enhance our culture of giving as a member of the Valley County Philanthropic Partners and the Big Give to Valley County.”
LOUP VALLEY AG SOCIETY
“The Loup Valley Ag Society generates positive quality of life experiences and economic impact for Valley County. Events like the Valley County Fair provides fun experiences for families and local community members. Their efforts to expand the fair and Loup Valley Livestock Challenge bring other people to our community who will shop at our local businesses.”
TEAMMATES
“TeamMates has over 50 matches. Mentors meet weekly with mentees, do community projects, attend a college day andparticipate in many activities. The OrdArcadia chapter cooperates to provide many positive experiences for area youth.” – “The teammates mentoring program is making a difference in the lives of our young people. there is no greater gift than giving your time to a child, so hat’s off to all of our Teammates mentors.”
VALLEY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
VALLEY COUNTY HEALTH SYSTEM FOUNDATION
“Great group of volunteers that have given toward several needed items at the hospital and nursing home. They also provide great events for this community, and are investing in the future through donations toward their endowment.”

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