At the annual banquet March 16, the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce presented awards to businesspeople and volunteers in Ravalli County.

Business Persons of the Year were Mary Marsh and Claire Kemp (see photo), who operate the Hamilton fashion destination - Bella Boutique.

Business of the Year was Hamilton's A2z Personnel and Sue Devlin.

New Business award was given to The Custom Shop and Louie and Teressa Tuminaros.

Individual standouts were the highlight of the evening:

  • Unsung Hero - Jeni Seifert of Bitterroot Drug
  • Community Asset - April Johnson of the Daly Mansion
  • Volunteer of the Year - Jani Summers of Exit Realty
  • Economic Development promotion - Deborah Rogala of Ravalli County Fairgrounds
  • The Spark Plug Award - Dominic Farrenkopf of Sapphire Lutheran Homes
  • The Laurel Award for improving the valley's well-being - Dixie Stark of Literacy Bitterroot
  • Above and Beyond Award - John Stevens and Jeff Fuller for work within the Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

    The awards banquet and auction was held at the Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center. It was the 107th Annual Chamber Banquet.