Friday last day to submit nominations for 25th Annual Andy Awards - MUST

Friday is the last day to submit nominations for the annual Andy Devine Awards.

"There is still time to turn in your nomination," said Beverly Liles, the president of the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

"There are nine categories to choose from, but time is running out so I want to encourage everyone to submit a nomination form."

The awards are presented to those individuals who have contributed significantly toward improving the community.

The chamber is accepting nominations in nine categories: citizen of the year, student of the year, lifetime achiever, business person of the year, humanitarian of the year, organization of the year, educator of the year, most improved commercial property, and business of the year.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the chamber office in the Powerhouse visitor Center, 120 W.

Andy Devine Ave., any Stockmen's Bank office, Mohave State Bank, either Martin Swanty auto dealership, the administrative offices of Kingman Regional Medical Center, Mohave Community College or the Kingman Daily Miner.

Nomination forms should be submitted to the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

The awards are named after the late actor Andy Devine, who grew up in Kingman.

The citizen of the year award goes to an individual who has made a "significant contribution" of energy and leadership toward improving life in the community, according to the chamber.

First grade through college students who have worked toward betterment of the community, and exhibited a positive image for others, are eligible to contend for the student of the year award.

The lifetime award goes to a resident who has dedicated his or her life to improving the city and its citizens.

The chamber presents the businessperson of the year award to an owner, manager or employee of a business who has dedicated spare time to improving the quality of life in Kingman while still being a good worker and remaining dedicated to family.

The humanitarian award goes to a person who has gone beyond the call of duty in the community - a Good Samaritan or someone who has "truly shown the meaning of the word humanitarian."

The organization or the year award is for a nonprofit civic group that has attempted to improve the community through a specific project.

The educator of the year award is for a teacher, counselor, school administrator or clergy member who has served as an outstanding role model for students as well as other educators.

The commercial property award is for those who have upgraded a commercial site and improved property value.

At least one photo must be submitted with this nomination; before and after photos are best.

The business of the year award will go to any formally recognized business that has made a concentrated effort to improve Kingman through its very nature or for a specific project, according to information from the chamber.

The actual Andy award is made of forged steel and sterling silver, designed and crafted by local artist Jay Burnham-Kidwell.

The theme for this year's awards program is "Andy, you make me feel like dancing."

Winners in the nine categories for 2002 will be announced during the dinner/awards ceremony on Oct.

2.

The dress will be 1980s style or business casual.

Dinner tickets are available at the chamber office for $35.

For more information contact the chamber at 753-6253.