Mayor’s Awards for Excellence

2019 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence and Community Event

Once again, the winners of the Mayors Awards for Excellence represented the best Golden has to offer! See a list of the 2019 winners below.

Following Mayor Marjorie Sloan’s recognition of Goldenites who have contributed greatly to making a difference in the community, the Mayor’s Community Event presented Dr. Martín Carcasson as the evening’s keynote speaker.

2019 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

Fighting Hunger at Mines – A unique campus group that is dedicated to improving the physical and mental health of students at Mines and the Golden community.

Golden United – A non-partisan, resident-driven effort to engage Golden area community members across all walks of life to find common ground and act with respect and dignity in strengthening the community.

Chad Wachs – Launched AU Wireless in 2015 with a handful of neighbors to see if he could create a low-cost community broadband system. Their proof-of-concept has since grown into a full-fledged co-op with more than 300 members using the service all over town.

Golden Lions Club – Serving the Golden community since 1942, they stand behind the International Lions Club motto of “We Serve”. The Lions Club offers their services to anyone that needs help with a project and have over 8,000 hours of volunteer service in 2019 alone.

Brandon Bortles & Noah Heaney – Both Golden residents, Bortles and Heaney own competing restaurants: Brandon owns Abejas, and Noah co-owns Miners Saloon. Instead of focusing on competing for customers, Brandon and Noah decided to work together to bring more diverse dining options to downtown Golden.

2018 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence and Community Event

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence! The winners were picked based on their extraordinary contributions to the Golden community and to the Colorado School of Mines, and honored at a community event on Oct. 30. In addition to the Mayor’s Awards, Rep. Ed Perlmutter gave each awardee special Congressional recognition.

After the awards ceremony, guests listened to a dynamic speaker, John O’Leary, who had an amazing tale of tragedy and triumph that he transformed into an eloquent and emotional experience for the audience.

2018 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

2018 Mayor's Award WinnersKim Brock serves as the chairperson of the Golden Schools Foundation (GSF) and has implemented innovative programs like summer academic bootcamps at Bell Middle School and Golden High School, elementary tutoring programs, and the teaching excellence program. Under her leadership, GSF’s private donor funding has grown 182 percent and grant support has grown an impressive 940 percent. Additionally, Kim manages and oversees all aspects of the Golden Gallop – a community event that involves over 1,000 runners, 100 volunteers, and is the main fundraiser for GSF.

Carol and Don Cameron are models of good citizenship and community advocacy. They are passionate voices for conservation, sustainability, and biking. Their home has become a meeting place for those who share their legendary neighborhood garden. Carol chairs the Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycling Program. Don serves on the Golden Planning Commission and strives to bring more affordable housing to Golden.

The Lunch and Life Program has grown dramatically from its humble beginnings of about six students in 2000, to become one of the primary connections between Mines students, Calvary Episcopal Church, and the Golden community. During the fall and spring semesters, several hundred students from many nations and walks of life, enjoy a homemade meal in the ambiance of unconditional love and hospitality. To date, dedicated volunteers have served over 26,000 meals to students.

The Colorado School of Mines Dance Team for their contribution to the Golden community while representing Mines. With their hard work and dedication, the Mines Dance team has brought their spirit into all that they do. Not only are they involved with athletic events and campus appearances, they also participate in community events such as the Buffalo Bill Days parade and interact with community families during Nightmare on Greek Street.

2017 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence and Community Event

Mayor Sloan and her Award Selection Committee once again received many nominations of amazing people doing great things for Golden! Narrowing the field down was a difficult task.

In 2017, the Community Celebration celebrated entrepreneurship and innovation. Please see the list of 2017 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence winners below.

2017 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

  • 2017 Mayor's Awards WinnersGolden Giddyup, for their work to strengthen our community by engaging mountain bikers and others in trail stewardship and motivating hundreds of people to donating thousands of volunteer hours;
  • NFT Inc, for elevating scientific innovation in Golden with high-tech fabrication, controls, defense and aerospace in their new state-of-the art manufacturing facility in the Coors Technology Center;
  • Suzanne (Suzy) Stutzman, for her integral role in relocating the Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program to the Connections Learning Center on Johnson Road and her eight years of service on the Golden Planning Commission;
  • Traxion, a Golden-based start-up accelerator for providing educational programs and many resources, assistance and business incubation to rising entrepreneurs in our community.

2016 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence and Community Event

Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan honored two individuals, two couples and one student activity club for their outstanding contributions and commitment to the Golden Community at the Mayor’s 2016 Community Celebration, which was held on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) Student Center.

Mayor Sloan and her Award Selection Committee were overwhelmed with more than two dozen nominations! Narrowing the field down was a difficult task. Below is a list of the winners. If you missed the event, you can still watch a video of the evening’s celebration to the right.

In 2016, the Community Celebration highlighted the city’s relationship with CSM. CSM President, Paul Johnson was on hand to congratulate the winners and introduced the keynote speaker, Marv Kay. Mr. Kay is a legend in Golden and on the CSM campus. He is a former Golden mayor as well as former CSM football coach and athletic director. Congressman Ed Perlmutter also joined the celebration.

2016 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

  • 2016 Mayor's Awards WinnersGene Child, for his decades-long work toward preserving Golden’s history, including saving the Astor House from demolition;
  • Golden High School Interact Club, for enthusiastic volunteerism and participation in our town’s civic life;
  • Betty & Harold Payte, for serving as energetic, inspiring leaders and ambassadors for walking in Golden;
  • Jesse and Jessica Swift, for educating and mentoring our Bell Middle School children, as well as their demonstration of grace and courage in bringing our community together through a difficult time;
  • Dana Steiner, recipient of the first-ever Goldmine Award, for her outstanding work in organizing and implementing an (also first-ever) Mines freshman day of community service.

2015 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence and Community Event

2015 Mayor's Award WinnersThe Mayor’s 2015 Community Event was held on September 22 at 6 at the Golden Community Center. The theme of this year’s event was Sustaining Golden’s Greatness, and attendees were treated with a lecture from national author, filmmaker, speaker and Golden resident David Wann.  Mr. Wann presented ideas on how to create more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. Over the past four years, the Mayor has shaped this event into a true celebration of Golden volunteerism, involvement and activism.

In 2015, two individuals, one for-profit business and one not-for-profit were presented awards.

2015 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

  • James E. Dale – Selected for his whole-hearted dedication to the Golden community including participation in the Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee, Golden Planning Commission, Sustainability Task Force, Citizens’ Sustainability Advisory Board and the Golden Visitors Center Board.  He also supports the arts, veterans, public schools and public health in Golden.
  • Emmy Dimitroff – Selected for her exceptional commitment to her hometown, Golden.  She has assumed leadership and advocacy roles at the Clear Creek History Park, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Mitchell Elementary’s Environmental Learning for the Future.  She is also a substitute teacher in the Jeffco School system.
  • Christian Action Guild (CAG) – Chosen for supporting the needs of Golden residents for 49 years.  Through the donations and proceeds from its thrift store, CAG provides food, clothing and financial assistance to Golden residents in need.  The CAG is staffed by a dedicated and generous group of 50 volunteers.
  • Spyderco Knives’ Sal and Gail Glesser – Their Golden-born company has grown from just five employees in 1978 to a multi-million dollar company that employs more than 80 people.  They support many local charities and events including the USA Pro Challenge, the Jeffco Innovator’s Workshop, Foothills Art Center, the local Alzheimer’s Chapter and the Christian Action Guild.

2014 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence and Community Event

2014 Mayor's Award WinnersThe Mayor’s 2014 Community Event was held on October 2 at 6:30 the American Mountaineering Center. The theme of this year’s event was Go Golden! (And Golden People Who Make Things Go).  The 2014 winners exemplified the theme and qualities we all can appreciate.

2014 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

  • Erik Weihenmayer – This Golden resident is best known for being the first blind person to summit Mount Everest. And he just returned from a 21-day, 277-mile solo kayaking adventure down the entire Grand Canyon. He is an inspiration to everyone with his motto of breaking barriers and realizing your dreams.
  • Vicki Wagner – Vicki has been doing volunteer work in Golden for decades and she’s not slowing down. She also serves on a variety of boards and commissions, and if you’ve ever noticed the beautiful flowers surrounding the Golden Visitors Center, that’s a result of Vicki’s green thumb.
  • Heather Schneider – Heather is one of Golden’s best boosters, volunteers and neighbors, demonstrated in her participation in countless groups and events. She also relentlessly promotes Golden to anyone who will listen.
  • Ted and Frani Bickart – Selected as “Golden Sweethearts” in 2009 for their involvement as volunteers with many Golden cultural organizations, they continue to inspire, care and lead by example.
  • Baby Doe’s Clothing – This store embodies a commitment to excellence with their highly personal service, participation in City marketing plans, great seasonal window displays and a commitment to local artisans.

2013 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence and Community Event

2013 Mayor's Award Winners

The Mayor’s 2013 Community Event was held on Wednesday, September 25. On that day, Mayor Sloan honored four outstanding Goldenites. After the awards, guest speaker, Jason Roberts spoke. Jason Roberts is the founder of the Better Block Project. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, showcasing the potential of underutilized blocks in Southern Dallas. The project has now become an international movement and already some Colorado communities have taken part.

The Better Block approach calls on community volunteers to temporarily transform an area into a vibrant destination with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, pedestrian walkways, café seating and landscaping. The lasting result is a vision for a vital, inviting public space and the momentum to make the changes permanent.

2013 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

  • Chuck Baroch for his long service leading the Golden Civic Foundation, which supports economic development and nonprofit organizations in Golden, and for his 13 years on City Council, the last six as mayor. Chuck brought an inclusive and gentlemanly manner to his interactions.
  • Ed Dorsey for his long-term efforts as the exemplary volunteer contributing to the success of a variety of activities in Golden. Ed has served in several key organizations including the Leadership Golden Board, Visitors Center Board, Citizens Budget Advisory Committee, GURA, the Buffalo Bill Days Committee and the Lions Club, just to name a few.
  • Preston Driggers for his decades of citizen service to our community. From working toward the open space purchases of both table mountains and the Bachman property to serving on the GURA board, Preston has always made a sincere, important and unselfish contributions.
  • Hugh King, M.D., PhD. for his 14-hear humanitarian career as co-founder of Namlo International, an organization that enables education and a better quality of life to citizens of Nepal, Nicaragua, the USA and Spain. Hugh, a full professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, and his co-founder and wife Magda, founded Namlo to help communities take responsibility for their schools.
  • Dan Thoemke for building community and making Golden a better place for all. Dan’s contributions can be seen in many venues including his leadership with the Together Church of Golden (a voluntary group of pastors from all denominations), the Golden Backpack Program, Neighborhood Rehab Project, City Unite, and a Chaplain for the Golden Police Department.

2012 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence

Mayors Awards 2012

Golden Mayor Marjorie Sloan extends her congratulations to seven Golden residents who have made exceptional contributions to our community. Each honoree was presented a 2012 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in October.

In evaluating nominees for these awards, a committee considered factors such as taking initiative, exercising leadership, solving community problems, creating community value and serving as a role model.

In addition to the individual awards, the Mayor presented an award for Business of the Year based on qualities like entrepreneurial spirit and success, innovation, job creation in Golden and civic contributions.

2012 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence Winners

  • Carrie Bazewicz for her outstanding contributions to the education of children in Golden schools: implementing the game-changing Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program at Mitchell Elementary, which promotes understanding and appreciation of the natural world; and working as an enthusiastic, supportive classroom volunteer.
  • Dan Dwyer for his exceptional achievements in improving the health, fitness , and community spirit of Golden residents: working to make the Golden stage of  the USA Pro Cycling Challenge a success (twice – so far), organizing the Foothills Running and Biking Club, participating in the bikeability task force, serving on the board of Leadership Golden, and setting a fitness example.
  • Tracy Evanko for her quiet but unflagging efforts toward implementing the Golden vision: joining with others to found Golden Resource for Education, Art and Theater (G.R.E.A.T.), which instituted the popular nights of movies and music in the park; successfully leading the way to the City’s December 2010 significant purchase of the 14-acre Bachman parcel at West 4th Avenue and Heritage Road for open space in Golden; and generally connecting her south Golden neighbors with each other.
  • Marv Kay for his long-term encouragement of all that is good in Golden: representing our town as mayor and mayor emeritus and serving as chair of Golden’s Blue Ribbon panel, honorary co-chair of the 2012 Jeffco Schools Mill and Bond Campaign, member of the Golden Good Government League, mentor of numerous civic leaders, and valued Colorado School of Mines leader and guide.
  • Julie Kerwin for establishing a healthy method of fundraising at Shelton Elementary: substituting a 5K race for the sale of unhealthy corporate products such as candy and cookie dough, starting a running club to prepare children for participation in the race (60 children registered this fall), and creating a successful and sustainable community event.
  • Greg Poulos for founding, guiding, and chairing the Golden Schools Foundation, an innovative organization dedicated to a vision of excellence, high performance, and accountability in the Golden articulation area: polling residents on their expectations and reviews of Golden schools, formulating strategic goals, with the aim of having  95% of Golden students choose enrollment in their neighborhood schools.
  • Ted Rains for his thirty-three years of spearheading the Golden Optimists Bicycle Recycle Program: repairing and distributing between 6,000 and 9,000 free bicycles to residents of Golden and the metro area, students at the Colorado School of Mines, Native Americans, and citizens of  Mexico, Haiti, and Tanzania.
  • Kathleen Callender (founder) and Heather Callender-Potters (co-chair of board of directors and Kathy’s daughter) of PharmaJet, named Business of the Year for its remarkable contribution to global health:  transforming the way vaccines and liquid medications are delivered by developing and marketing a unique, efficient, affordable, and life-saving needle-free syringe.
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