2022 Gold Pan Awards

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Met Gala : A Night of Alaskan Art


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Met Gala:

A Night of Alaskan Art

The Met Gala was founded in 1948 by Lambert, a renowned fashion publicist, as a means to fundraise for the Costume Institute and mark the opening of its annual exhibit. Lambert is also known for being the founder of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which she established in 1962. Today, the Met Gala is still known as one of the biggest fundraiser benefits in New York City. According to Forbes, the Met Gala has raised more than $175 million for the Costume Institute. Each year, the event manages to pull in an abundance of funds, with the 2019 edition reportedly raising a record $15 million. Nowadays, the Met Gala is still one of the biggest events in fashion today, known in popular culture as “Fashion’s Biggest Night.” But where in the past the evening was considered the height of fashion chic, in recent years, it has become a platform for many celebrities to display their more outrageous sides. READ MORE

Interior of the “Anglomania” gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York, which had 35,000 daffodils and 12,000 hyacinths. The Great Hall was transformed into an English garden. Photo by Michael Lisnet

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Run of Show 6:00 PM VIP Reception

6:30 PM Doors Open

7:00 PM

Official Toast Sponsored by Chevron

7:30 PM

Silent Auction Closes Award Ceremony Land Acknowledgement by CIRI Distinguished Community Service by a Small Business Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business Non-Profit Above & Beyond Entrepreneurial Excellence Business Excellence Volunteer of the Year President’s Award

9:00 PM

Heads or Tails Game Raffle Winners Announced Silent Auction Checkout


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Parmesan & Asiago Cheeses, Garlic Bread Sticks & Focaccia Bread

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Distinguished Community Service by a Small Business or Organization is presented to a deserving small business or organization (30 employees or less) that has demonstrated outstanding community service. This business has displayed creativity, excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance.

Winner! Zip Kombucha is the largest producer of Kombucha and Hard Kombucha in the state of Alaska. Zip is a veteran owned Kombucha Brewery that was founded in 2016 by Jessie Janes. Jessie has served in the Military for over 20 years and is still an active Alaska Air National Guard Member. Zip began brewing and selling their traditional kombucha from their taproom in 2018. With the help of an SBA 7a loan through Evergreen Capital, they quickly expanded to wholesale distribution. Partnering with Odom Corp in mid-2018, Zip’s regular kombucha began hitting the shelves of Carr’s Safeway, and many other local markets & restaurants later that year. In Sept 2020 Zip expanded its product line to include Alcoholic Kombucha under the brand Black Label Booch (BLB). Zip credits it’s amazing customers for the fast growth of the hard kombucha. In June 2021, Zip partnered with RNDC of Alaska and began holesaling the Black Label Booch line. BLB is currently sold through Brown Jug, Three Bears, and many other liquor stores. Zip is uniquely engrained into the community and has donated $17k worth of product/ merchandise to local non-profit groups just this year! Strong community ties and building relationships with local Alaskans is important to this small-owned business. Zip was one of the first Alaska businesses to participate in the DOD Skillbridge apprenticeship program. To date, Zip has had 25 apprentices learn the craft brewing industry and has aided each one in their transition from military to civilian life, 2 have moved on to WATCH brewery jobs in Alaska. VIDEO As a first-time entrant in the 2022 Alaska State Fair, they were awarded five first place ribbons for Traditional and Hard Kombucha. Zip is honored to be considered in three Gold Pan award categories (Business Excellence, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Distinguished Community Service) this year.


Distinguished Community Service by a Small Business or Organization is presented to a deserving small business or organization (30 employees or less) that has demonstrated outstanding community service. This business has displayed creativity, excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance. Alaska 529 is a tax-advantaged education savings plan that aims to help all Alaskans prepare for future education expenses. Funds can be used to cover a variety of expenses including trade schools, apprenticeship programs, and college degrees. Alaska 529’s ultimate goal is for every child in the state to have an education savings account. The plan currently holds 660 million dollars in education savings for 33,000 account holders. Students with an Alaska 529 account who are about to complete high school, have nearly $30,000 saved to cover their education expenses, which significantly reduces the need for student loans. Approximately, 3,500 of these financially prepared students show up at the University of Alaska each year, resulting in graduates who are hired into good jobs in Alaska and

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contribute to the economic vitality of their communities. Alaska 529 supports Alaska’s employers by offering a tool for employers to attract and retain talent by offering a unique education benefit. Alaska 529 sponsors a myriad of events and organizations throughout Anchorage that spark a child’s curiosity and imagination and has awarded more than one million dollars in scholarships. The team at Alaska 529 is passionate about the work it does to help Alaskans obtain the education needed to achieve their dreams, and is very honored to be a finalist for a Gold Pan Award.

The American Legion was formed in 1919 to support WWI veterans after the Great War. Jack Henry Post 1 was the first Post in Alaska and has continued to serve all veterans and their families since 1919. Our mission is to enhance the well-being of America’s veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness. We do this by exemplifying our vision of “Veterans Strengthening America” through our 4 pillars- Americanism, National Security, Children and Youth, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. Specific programs we support include, but are not limited to, Scouts, Legion Baseball, Veteran Service Officers trained to help with disability claims, JROTC, and Boys and Girls State. Recently, we have adapted to support Post-9/11 veterans through our “Be the One” veteran suicide prevention campaign and by partnering with the USO to provide networking opportunities for veterans leaving the military. Finally, we are not just here for the veteran- if you are related or married to a veteran, the American Legion would love to have you as a member. We provide a support network to help you understand your veteran and honor the legacy of valor they represent.

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Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization is presented to a deserving business or organization (with more than 30 employees) that has demonstrated outstanding community service. This business has displayed creativity, excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance.

Winner! HELPING OUR MEMBERS BUILD BETTER LIVES FOR more than 80 YEARS Born in 1935 as the credit union of Douglas Aircraft, our values were forged in the factories and plants that made the region prosper. At its core is a commitment to strength, independence and discipline. A belief that if you work hard enough, a better life is always possible – not just for yourself, but for future generations to come. From a new car to first home, college savings to a secure retirement, Nuvision helped to make hundreds of thousands of dreams possible and transformed Southern California as a result. It became a beacon that attracted members from other sectors, including oil, gas, construction, military, aerospace, unions and municipalities. Our commitment to Alaska began in 1948, with the formation of the City of Anchorage Employees Credit Union and the Alaska Railroad Credit Union. Today, we celebrate Nuvision

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Credit Union Alaska … where our values remain constant, and the portfolio of products and services we offer continues to evolve at market speed. Nuvision Credit Union serves more than 1,000 Select Employer Groups (SEGs), in Alaska, California, Arizona, Washington and Wyoming. Nuvision members are not just account numbers – they are owners of our not-for-profit financial cooperative, and we are here For the Life You Build!


Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization is presented to a deserving business or organization (with more than 30 employees) that has demonstrated outstanding community service. This business has displayed creativity, excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance. Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is an Alaska Native regional corporation established in 1972 and proudly owned by more than 9,000 Shareholders. The geographic boundary of the CIRI region closely approximates the traditional homeland of the Dena’ina Athabascan people. Within CIRI’s regional boundary is the municipality of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest urban center. The CIRI region is approximately 29 million acres, an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. CIRI’s reason for being is the people who represent ownership and the future of the corporation. CIRI’s Shareholders and their Descendants represent a crosssection of virtually every Alaska Native group from throughout the state— Athabascan, Aleut/Unangax, Alutiiq/ CIRI’S President & CEO, Sophie Minich, opens the awards with a land acknowledgement. Sugpiaq, Inupiat, Southeast Indian and Yup’ik. From the rugged landscapes of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley to the shining lakes of the Kenai Peninsula, CIRI’s relationship with the land remains a fundamental part of its Alaska Native identity. With $1.3 billion in cumulative distributions to Shareholders, CIRI remains focused on its objective of delivering meaningful and sustaining benefits to its owners. CIRI is committed to preserving and perpetuating its Alaska Native heritage and, through its family of tribally designated organizations and affiliated community WATCH nonprofits, providing educational opportunities, housing, health care and social VIDEO services to Shareholders, Descendants and other Alaska Native people residing in the Cook Inlet region. CIRI’s family of service providers and nonprofits includes the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, Southcentral Foundation and The CIRI Foundation. CIRI celebrated it’s 50th anniversary on June 8, 2022. The corporation’s success is rooted in Alaska Native values: respect for the land, honoring those who came before us, sharing what we have and viewing differences as an opportunity to find solutions. CIRI endeavors to be a strong and thriving force in the lives of its Shareholders and their families, Native people and all Alaskans. In 2021, CIRI was named at “Top 49er” by Alaska Business Magazine, placing 11th on the list of Alaskan-owned companies ranked by gross revenue.


Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization is presented to a deserving business or organization (with more than 30 employees) that has demonstrated outstanding community service. This business has displayed creativity, excellence and have significantly improved the city of Anchorage by achieving success in its business through growth and quality performance.

Nine Star’s Education and Employment Services’ programs build, rather than drain, our community’s economy. Millions of dollars are saved by putting people to work that might otherwise need public funds for day-to-day survival. GETTING A JOB is most often the first step in an individual’s long-term career plan, as it prevents homelessness and/or keeps individuals and families housed. The integrated education and employment services move marginalized citizens from inequity and poverty to employment with economic self-reliance, health coverage, paid time-off, and retirement benefits. Nine Star is community focused every day. Our services move marginalized citizens from inequity and poverty to employment with economic self-reliance, health coverage, paid time-off, and retirement benefits. STABLE EMPLOYMENT CHANGES LIVES!

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Entrepreneurial Excellence acknowledges a business founded, organized, and managed by a successful entrepreneur that contributes to the Anchorage community and creates opportunities, exemplifies creative vision, talent, and innovative thinking.

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Aspire Realty Group is a team of real estate professionals who lead the industry by providing cutting edge technology, client first service, and unparalleled marketing. Aspire stands out in community involvement and support through its charitable donations and volunteering, the education to agents ensures that they possess the proper knowledge and skill to provide you with exceptional service, and truly stand behind their first core value of unwavering ethics in order to build client trust. No matter if you are purchasing your first home, relocating, selling, or starting your investment journey, we have a team of professionals here to guide you.


Entrepreneurial Excellence acknowledges a business founded, organized, and managed by a successful entrepreneur that contributes to the Anchorage community and creates opportunities, exemplifies creative vision, talent, and innovative thinking. In 2020, partners Julian Martin, Kevin Cross, and JR Wilcox set out to reinvent the humble laundromat into a business concept people could be excited about. The result was Quantum Laundry Lounge, the most advanced laundromat in America. Quantum was designed carefully from the ground up to create the future of laundry. It smells good and looks great. Our beautiful touchscreen machines customize your wash and are able to inject premium commercial-grade cleaning products to leave clothes the cleanest they’ve ever been. For example, our WATCH VIDEO sanitizer will eliminate pathogens as well as eliminate the odors that can’t be eliminated by home machines. The machine link to an app on your phone allowing you to control and monitor your wash. High-speed wifi, flat-screen TVs, and a full espresso bar make it a place people love to come. The community response has been incredible, with a lovefest for the business on social media. It is amazing to see people walk in for the first time and they are stunned. Tourists always exclaim that there is nothing like it where they come from (of course not!) We have expanded to offer drop-off service and have begun serving commercial clients as well. The future is unbelievably bright, we see a lot of expansion coming.


Entrepreneurial Excellence acknowledges a business founded, organized, and managed by a successful entrepreneur that contributes to the Anchorage community and creates opportunities, exemplifies creative vision, talent, and innovative thinking. PacBak brings a proprietary multi-chambered rotomolded cooler that integrates a first-of-its-kind rechargeable, removable battery-powered vacuum-sealer, known as the P88-MK/COMBO. Our system addresses the need to prepare, preserve, and transport perishable materials (including game meat, fish, berries, hazardous wastes, biodegradable tissues, and soil samples) from different environments and locations on the fly. Our system supports the secure collection, preparation, storage, and transport of goods in an as-needed and on-demand way giving users maximum flexibility. Some of our product applications include natural disaster response, fish or game meat processing, medical tissue or vaccine transport, and hazardous waste disposal. PacBak executive leadership comprises highly accomplished professionals from across the United States who bring decades of combined experience and expertise in their respective fields. The entire PacBak team is committed to furthering the philosophy, culture, and values we believe in through ongoing community engagement including non-profit volunteerism, advocacy on

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critical issues, and supporting educational outreach and awareness campaigns. Our mobile preservation system is a true market disrupter. The world’s largest sportfishing trade show is sponsored by the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades known as iCAST. PacBak attended for the first time in 2022. There, PacBak beat out over nine hundred products offered by successful and established market juggernauts to win the BEST OF SHOW and BEST OF CATEGORY awards. We were tremendously honored to be crowned as having the best new products in the sport fishing industry. This success fast-tracked industry awareness of our company and products, opening doors with large global retailers and providing invaluable options to choose from for our market debut. Being selective about what shelves our products are on is a rare luxury. This unique situation has turned PacBak into a globally recognized international business that is scalable beyond the norm for an Alaskan company.


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Business Excellence honors a business who shows strength in their values, goals, and results. This company has provided excellent goods or services, contributed to the economic vitality of Anchorage and have a proven record of adaptability and sustainability over the course of at least five years.

Winner! Chugach Alaska Corporation is committed to sustainable growth for our shareholders and our corporation. Our family of companies provide government services, facilities services and energy services to customers worldwide. A diversified portfolio allows us to provide meaningful benefits that advance and empower current and future generations of Chugach shareholders and descendants. •

Chugach committed a significant portion of its $24.2 million in CARES Act funds to community organizations: 35% to Chugach region entities; 27% to statewide Alaska Native entities; 11% to non-profit organizations

Chugach has earned 1st place (for both funds raised and number of participants) in the Alaska Run for Women since 2015. Despite record-high inflation and economic challenges, our team’s donations reached $18,440, surpassing last year’s total by more than $1,200. We also fielded the largest team with 213 participants, beating last year’s team total by 12 new members!

Chugach contributed $25,000 to the Western Alaska Disaster Recovery Response Fund in 2022

In 2021 Chugach launched a 12 Months of Giving program that allows employees to nominate non-profit organizations to receive donations from Chugach.

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Chugach’s incredible community of employees earned us three titles in the 2022 Best of Alaska Business awards from Alaska Business: 2nd Place for Best Workplace (250+ Employees); 1st Place for Best COVID Response; and 1st Place for Best Corporate Citizen.

Chugach employees participated in an employee survey to compete for the Alaska Journal of Commerce (AJOC) Best Workplaces Alaska and earned 1st place (80+ employees)

Chugach ranked #6 on Alaska Business Magazine’s Top 49er list in 2021 and 2022. Alaska Business began the Top 49er list in 1984, and Chugach has made the list 33 times. While Chugach’s inaugural appearances on the list were closer to the 49th position, rapid growth and diversification in business lines has allowed Chugach to rise to the top of the list, consistently ranking in the top 10 or top five positions.


Business Excellence honors a business who shows strength in their values, goals, and results. This company has provided excellent goods or services, contributed to the economic vitality of Anchorage and have a proven record of adaptability and sustainability over the course of at least five years.

Alaska Waste provides trash and recycling services to 13 communities across the state. From Nome to Unalaska, Kodiak to Juneau, and Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska Waste is proud to provide essential services tailored to each locale depending on its needs. When people think of Alaska Waste, they likely imagine the company’s distinctive green dumpsters. But Alaska Waste offers many other services that are lesser known: In Anchorage, these include an in-office recycling program that makes recycling easy for offices; used cooking

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oil collection, which turns cooking oil from restaurants into biodiesel, and an ingredient in local asphalt manufacturing; commercial composting, which keeps tens of thousands of pounds of food scraps out of the landfill every week; and many more services for homes, businesses, and construction projects. Alaska Waste is celebrating 10 years as part of Waste Connections, which acquired the company in 2012. Today, Alaska Waste is proud of the culture and community its team has built. The company’s roughly 325 employees statewide take pride in serving their communities, with many volunteering, and initiating fundraising events for community needs. From customer service, to drivers and dispatch, to the billing team and shop mechanics, Alaska Waste’s team members all play a crucial role in keeping its essential services running smoothly and seamlessly. While they don’t ask for recognition, the team members are, in some ways, unsung heroes, providing an essential service without much fanfare. Alaska Waste is thankful for its employees, customers, and communities it serves. Alaska Waste’s annual Christmas Promise Bike Build is a huge moral builder for the team. Every year our teams raise money throughout November and December, and then purchase bicycles (and helmets) for children and teens. The teams then build the bikes together on a weekend morning, bringing their families and friends. The bikes are donated the Salvation Army of Alaska. Last year we built around 90 bikes in Anchorage – the most yet. Alaska Waste provides a large variety of in-kind donations to community events, from sporting events like the Mayors Marathon and Gold Nugget Triathlon, to Thanksgiving Blessing at the Mountain view Boys and Girls Club, and so many more throughout the year. The company is also a sponsor of many community needs and events around the state. This includes sponsoring sports teams, donations to school needs and events, and a wide variety of non-profit organizations. Alaska Waste is proud to support the state.


Business Excellence honors a business who shows strength in their values, goals, and results. This company has provided excellent goods or services, contributed to the economic vitality of Anchorage and have a proven record of adaptability and sustainability over the course of at least five years. What began as a small group with a big idea turned into a start-up bank operating from a trailer in a parking lot, then grew into a trusted, statewide financial institution. Northrim Bank opened on Dec. 4, 1990 with 21 employees, one branch, and $8 million in assets. It now has well over 400 employees, branches from Fairbanks to Southeast Alaska, residential mortgage origination offices across the state, and nearly $2.75 billion in assets. Northrim was the largest originator of PPP loans in Alaska and was recognized as the SBA’s 2020 Top Lender of the Year for the state of Alaska. Under the initial program, it WATCH VIDEO helped approximately 2,900 businesses receive $375.6 million in PPP loans. During the second round, it helped approximately 2,870 businesses receive $237.0 million in PPP loans. Northrim’s wholly owned subsidiary, Residential Mortgage Lending, LLC has offices in offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Kodiak, Soldotna, Eagle River, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Region. In 2021 it was the top mortgage loan originator in Alaska. Northrim Bank received the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition for its involvement in the Coronado Park II/Qintali View project, which provides safe, quality affordable housing to residents of Eagle River. Northrim’s Alaskanomics blog provides news, analysis and commentary on the state’s economy from economists, business leaders, policy makers and everyday Alaskans. Find it online at alaskanomics.com.


Non-Profit Above and Beyond Award recipients aim to significantly improve the city of Anchorage outside of their daily operations by helping the business community succeed through growth and quality performance. The organization showcases work that exemplifies its mission and has evolved to meet the needs of its members or the community.

Winner! Since 1978, STAR has been responding to

the needs of Survivors of sexual assault, while integrating prevention and education programs with a goal of reducing harm to all Alaskans. STAR’s mission is to prevent sexual trauma and provide comprehensive, collaborative crisis intervention, advocacy, and support to Victims/ Survivors, their families, and our communities. In fiscal year 2022, 3,460 calls to its 24-hour crisis line were answered by STAR staff and trained crisis line volunteers. Direct Services Advocates responded to 246 SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) callouts in addition to meeting with clients in 847 one-onone appointments where they help Survivors navigate the medical and legal systems, provide assistance with safety planning and immediate needs and referrals for trauma therapy and long-term services. All of STAR’s services for Survivors are free of charge. In partnership with the Anchorage School District, STAR is committed to preventing sexual assault through its education and community outreach programs that focus on age-appropriate, evidence-based strategies to reduce sexual violence. School-age curricula includes information about Personal Safety (K-6th grade), Healthy Relationships (middle and high school) and Sexual Assault and Consent (high school). In addition to school presentations, STAR’s Prevention & Education Specialists facilitate presentations for adults in the community to create awareness and lead conversations to cultivate a safer Alaska for everyone. Specialized trainings can be tailored to meet the needs of any organization or

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business. Training topics can include: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment, Implicit Bias, Creating an Inclusive and Accessible Environment for People with Disabilities, LGBTQ+ Competency and more. A founding member of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, STAR collaborates with many local, state and federal agencies, tribal organizations, medical providers, charitable foundations, local businesses, corporate and individual partners and volunteers to accomplish its long-term goal to end sexual violence in Alaska.


Non-Profit Above and Beyond Award recipients aim to significantly improve the city of Anchorage outside of their daily operations by helping the business community succeed through growth and quality performance. The organization showcases work that exemplifies its mission and has evolved to meet the needs of its members or the community.

Perhaps no family has had more influence on the development of Alaska’s social, economic and civic life than that of Bob Atwood and his wife, Evangeline Rasmuson Atwood. Bob joined the Anchorage Chamber upon his arrival in Anchorage in 1935, eventually serving as its president in 1943 and 1947. Over a period of almost 70 years, Bob and Evangeline made progress a part of their lives. Their efforts and leadership inspired those who were part of Alaska in territorial days and in the years that followed Alaska becoming a state.

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In 1962, the Atwood Foundation was founded to continue the Atwood’s legacy in philanthropy by supporting arts and education projects to benefit the people of Anchorage and vicinity, especially its young people. Today, the foundation provides grant funding for non-profit associations specializing in the arts, journalism, history, or civic events. The second largest family foundation in Alaska, the Atwood Foundation provides annual support to over 70 non-profit local organizations including the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Opera (co-founded by Evangeline Atwood), the Anchorage Symphony, the Alaska World Affairs Council (also founded by Evangeline), Alaska Pacific University and Alaska Junior Theatre where the Foundation provides free bussing to 40,000 students a year to attend live performances at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Notably, during the COVID pandemic the Foundation provided millions of dollars to shuttered local organizations to make sure those organizations would survive and continue to make Anchorage a vibrant community. The Foundation also supports efforts to improve journalism by providing scholarships to journalism students at University of Alaska Anchorage, and endowing UAA’s Department of Journalism and Public Communications’ Atwood Chair of Journalism. The Atwood Chair is recognized as one of the most prestigious temporary faculty appointments in journalism education nationwide, bringing nationally recognized journalists and educators to UAA as distinguished visiting professors.


Non-Profit Above and Beyond Award recipients aim to significantly improve the city of Anchorage outside of their daily operations by helping the business community succeed through growth and quality performance. The organization showcases work that exemplifies its mission and has evolved to meet the needs of its members or the community. The mission of the Anchorage Senior Activity Center is to enhance the quality of life of Alaskans by promoting fitness, health and wellness, and social interaction. Anchor-Age’s purpose is to improve living conditions for seniors. To advance that purpose Anchorage Senior Activity Center (ASAC) operates the Municipality of Anchorage’s Senior Center by providing seniors with access to services and information key to senior living, health, and housing. Members enjoy other benefits such as crafts, arts, computers, and fitness instruction. Members can also take advantage of recreational pursuits such as billiards, cards, dancing, and other social events. A voting member of Anchor-Age must be 50 years old or more. Associate membership is available for those aged 18 to 49. Dues are paid annually. The Center is a membership organization that also operates a restaurant, a gift shop, catering services, and individual room and facility rental as funding tools. ASAC also sponsors fundraising with annual community events such as the fall bazaar, spring plant sale, book sales, raffles, Fur Rondy activities, fashion shows, holiday celebrations throughout the year, and monthly events such as Zumba parties, Bingo, and dances.

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Volunteer of the Year

Laura Dean, Ambassador Council Co-Chair

President’s Award

Tim Thompson, Past Board Chair


Past Winners 2021

2019

Business Excellence:

Business Excellence:

Channel 2 / CBS 5

Alaska Regional Hospital

Community Service Large:

Community Service Large:

Matson

49th State Brewing Company

Community Service Small:

Community Service Small:

Anchorage Downtown Partnership

BOMA Anchorage

Entrepreneurial Excellence:

Entrepreneurial Excellence:

Alaska Disinfection Services

Alaska Hearing & Tinnitus Center

Volunteer of the Year:

Volunteer of the Year:

Tana Skye Nevada

Cassie Robertson

President’s Award: Joy Merriner

2020 Business Excellence: TOTE Maritime Community Service Large: ConocoPhillips Alaska Community Service Small: Alaska Skylar Travel Entrepreneurial Excellence: Alaska Premier Auctions & Appraisals Volunteer of the Year: Tito Muñoz


THANK YOU, VENDORS!

Tier I Chamber Level Members: Alaska Airlines Orthopedic Physicians Alaska

Chamber Level Investors $10K+: Atwood Foundation ConocoPhillips Alaska GCI Matson Northrim Bank Nuvision Credit Union Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Tier II Executive Level Members: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Alaska Regional Hospital Alaska USA Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Anchorage School District Arctic Slope Regional Corp.

Chugach Alaska Corporation CIRI FedEx Express First National Bank Alaska Providence Alaska Medical Center Safeway, Inc.

Executive Level Investors $5K+: Alaska 529 AT&T BDO, USA Chevron Credit Union 1 ENSTAR Natural Gas Company Fred Meyer, Anchorage


24 KARAT GOLD SPONSORS

18 KARAT GOLD SPONSORS

14 KARAT GOLD SPONSORS

12 KARAT GOLD SPONSORS Alaska Regional Hospital Alaska USA Alaska Waste American Legion Jack Henry Post 1 Anchorage Community Development Authority ASM Global

Anchorage Senior Activity Center Channell 2 and CBS 5 CIRI First National Bank Alaska Jordan Consulting Group Moda Health Nuvision Credit Union

Orthopedic Physicians Alaska PacBak, LLC Providence Alaska Quantum Laundry Lounge Young Professionals Group Visit Anchorage


The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization with nearly 800 members representing roughly 50,000 employees. Membership in the Anchorage Chamber signals your commitment to your personal success, the success of your business and/or organization and to the quality of life in Anchorage. Help “advance a successful business climate” with the Anchorage Chamber through Education, Connectivity and Advocacy. The Anchorage Chamber recognizes all 2022 Gold Pan finalists and all of you who work to make Anchorage a better place to live, work and do business.

2022 GOLD PAN AWARDS SELECTION COMMITTEE

2022 GOLD PAN AWARDS PLANNING COMMITTEE

Bruce Bustamante Tosha Swan Donese Fifield Nancy Johnson Ryann Swalling Jin Chen Gary Scott Jen Motyka Laura Dean Katie Harman

Charissa Habger - Chair Dan Newman Keanuu Eraso Karen Lane Katie Harman Dani Beiswenger Sheron Patrick Jen Motyka

ANCHORAGE CHAMBER STAFF Bruce Bustamante President/CEO

Katie Cole Events Manager

Tosha Swan VP Programs & Communication Young Professionals Group Director

Donese Fifield Membership & Events Sales Assistant Shannon Martindale Membership Development Manager


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