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7/16/2014 7:37:00 AM
Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce
Chamber gives annual community service awards
Steve Bracety, Kahleen Murphy, “Little Brother” and Jeri Ann Kooiman for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Organization of the Year
Steve Bracety, Kahleen Murphy, “Little Brother” and Jeri Ann Kooiman for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Organization of the Year
Don Otto, Citizen of the Year
Don Otto, Citizen of the Year
Special to the Tribune

Chamber Member of the Year

Papa John's Pizza

Owner Brian Hope never says no. Whether it is a non-profit, youth group or special event he is there to support it with his Papa John's Pizza.

The Prescott Valley Chamber has been particularly fortunate to have Brian on the Board of Directors as well as a supporter of their events and activities. He has provided pizza and the fixings for membership orientation luncheons, business academy classes, mixers, hospitality events and chamber events.

The value is priceless; his support of the businesses and organizations in the community is priceless; and his dedication and contributions to the Prescott Valley Chamber is priceless.

Pizza is America's number one food and Papa John's is our number one Chamber Member.

Citizen of the Year

Donald Otto

Donald Otto opened his business in Prescott Valley in 2008 and has been an active and participating citizen of our community from his first day in business.

In the conduct of his business, he values the services of our first responders, veterans, and other respected and dedicated public servants by making sure they receive the best treatment and services he can provide. Veterans particularly have noticed the emphasis he places on the quality and the price of everything he provides for them. When a needy veteran comes to him for his products or services, he has shown unmatched generosity in ensuring that the veteran leaves his business with safe and reliable equipment, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donald and his wife have been key parts of the Prescott Valley Salute to Heroes Day in which veterans and first responders are honored and saluted by the citizens of Prescott Valley and the tri-city area. Several thousands of dollars have been raised at these events and donated to assist our veterans in need.

The larger contribution takes place daily at his business where he dedicates himself and his business to making sure those who have served our country and communities receive the best support and treatment he can provide.

Studentof the Year

Kylie Morris

This young woman is a dynamo! She is an amazing young person who has excelled in academics, graduating in the top 5 percent of her class with a 4.091 GPA, and was a scholar student in 2014. She was a highly motivated student on campus participating both in athletics and clubs and organizations, including basketball, volleyball and track and field. She was a Girls State delegate in 2013 where she was voted "Mayor." She is active in many clubs and organizations rising to leadership positions. She was president of Mu Alpha Theta, Elite Math Club, HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America), and was Student of the Month in November 2013. She has also been a member of the National Honor Society since 2011. Kyliee also participated in the Prescott Area Youth Leadership program in 2012, 2013 and was a peer teacher in 2014.

Her community service and civic involvement includes being an Angel Tree volunteer, a bell ringer at Christmas, a volunteer with Buddies Special Education Softball, St. Vincent DePaul food drive, God's World gift wrapping and Reading across America. Service is a major part of this young woman's life.

We are very proud of this student and look forward to the amazing things she will accomplish in her future.

Norm Pariseau Volunteer of the Year

Hertha Koole

Hertha's choice to immigrate to the United States in 1950 has ultimately proven to be Prescott Valley's blessing. Hertha and her husband first settled in Michigan and have lived in California and Florida. They are well traveled having seen Europe, Australia, India, and she even climbed Machu Picchu in Peru.

Hertha has volunteered at the Prescott Valley Library for over 30 years which means she has seen our wonderful library grow from small beginnings to its current "heart of our community." She manages the circulation desk checking out materials to patrons. And despite her German accent she manages lively conversations with the public and is happy to share her German heritage.

Library Director Stuart Mattson states, "I have known Hertha for 27 years and she is never at a loss for meeting people. On many occasions we will be together at a restaurant and Hertha will leave our table to visit with others throughout the place."

Community Booster

Carm Staker

This woman exemplifies the word "booster." She is passionate about her community and the organizations that support the quality of life for the residents.

Words cannot adequately describe how valuable Carm is to our community and its organizations. She volunteers because it is in her heart to do so, but it is her passion and drive that makes her more than a volunteer; she sincerely believes in and loves each organization in which she participates.

Her contributions of time and generous support have impacted many people in the area. She was a leader in the development and building of the Military Monument which recognizes our service men and women, and now she leads a passionate response to the tragedy that is the hungry kids in our community. Carm coordinates the volunteers who pack the backpacks, raises awareness and funding support, and champions for these disadvantaged kids.

She is an active member of the Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions Club, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 108, Yavapai County Board of Health, PEO Chapter Y, Order of the Eastern Star, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, 10227, is vice chairman of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center District Board, and is a board member for the Humboldt Unified School District.

Carm volunteers for the VA Medical Center in Prescott, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Hungry Kids Program, and Administrative Council for Prescott Valley United Methodist Church. She has also served as a member and in leadership with many other organizations including the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, Neighbor to Neighbor, Yavapai County Extension Service, Health Communities, Children's Council of Prescott and is a past mayor and councilmember for the Town of Prescott Valley.

To quote Ann Frank, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

Carm Staker empowers us to improve our world each and every day.

Organization of the Year

Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters

Serving the underprivileged children of Prescott Valley for over 43 years, Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters has been an asset to our community by providing professionally supported one-on-one mentoring to children who need a positive role model.

Beginning from a Vista grant in 1971, this agency has grown to employ 30 community members, serving children in 19 communities and 64 schools. Forty-three years later and over 10,000 children served, YBBS currently supports 128 active matches in Prescott Valley. Although 48 matches have been newly formed this year, this agency has been nationally recognized for the longevity of its Big and Little relationships.

Currently, there are matches within Prescott Valley that have lasted over nine years. The work and outcomes of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters are well documented. Kids who have a Big Brother or Big Sister, Family or Couple Match are less likely to get in trouble with the law, less likely to start using alcohol or drugs and less likely to skip school.

Despite their achievements, work remains as 97 vulnerable Prescott Valley children are still...patiently waiting for a mentor... Through frugal expense management, based on needs not wants, the employees have pulled together as a team to focus on only one thing: The Mission - to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Prescott Valley Heritage Award

The Dr. Wayne Beck Family

Dr. Beck's love of Prescott began with summer time trips to Prescott with his brothers that left an indelible impression as a boy and he knew from an early age that he wanted to live in Prescott and have an impact on the community.

In the summer of 1978 Dr. Wayne Beck was able to move to Prescott and established Prescott Women's Clinic and thus began a 30 year career of service in the Prescott Region. Prescott Women's clinic was one of the first clinics to expand to Prescott Valley ensuring quality care for the area's residents. Wayne and Nelda Beck raised their 3 children in Prescott enjoying the community spirit of the area and teaching their children the value of being involved and caring for the place they call home.

While looking for a new project in 2006 the Beck Family partnered with the Fain Family to provide a keystone piece of the Town of Prescott Valley Entertainment District. The Entertainment District was in need of a quality lodging project that would allow guests to our community the ability to enjoy the restaurants bars and quality entertainment venues that had been created through the vision of the Town Council. The Beck and Fain families shared a common vision of community spirit and commitment to excellence and thus The Hampton Inn and Suites Prescott Valley was built.

Dane, Inga and Kim Beck carry on the Beck Family tradition of service to their communities throughout their lives and look forward to a long future in Prescott Valley.

Community Improvement Award - Large Project

Tonto South Park, Town of Prescott Valley

The Town of Prescott Valley's Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with neighbors and hundreds of community volunteers has converted Tonto Sough Park into a beautiful retreat in the heart of Prescott Valley.

Parks staff took several public comments and concerns into consideration when planning and performing the expansion of services. The Parks division as added over 1.5 acres of turf to the park, along with nearly 100 shrubs and trees. A concrete walking path through the interior of the park was created allowing persons of all abilities the opportunity to enjoy the interior of the park while also aiding in personal health pursuits.

The parking lot was realigned allowing for additional parking and the swing set was relocated into a newly designed playground area.

Tonto Park South is a shining example of the value of community cooperation and with thanks to the many neighbors, volunteers, donors and service providers. The improvements to Tonto South Park will be enjoyed by several generations throughout the future of this fine town we live in.

Community Improvement Award - Small Project


Culvers opened on the corner of Stoneridge Drive and Highway 69 in January 2014. The investment of owners Dianne Meyer and Caleb Meier took this undeveloped lot and turned it into a thriving business corner contributing to the business corridor of Highway 69.

The Culver's building is done in blues and whites making a clean statement of the type of image they are portraying. The restaurant features a dine-in area that seats 102, a drive-through window, take-out service and patio seating.

The expanded the parking lot is complete with landscaping.

This is full-on community improvement project not only aesthetically but the huge economic impact improves our community from the financial end.

The home of the Butter Burger and Frozen Custard, Culver's is a perfect example of the Community Service award for Community Improvement, Small Project.

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