Nominations sought for Andy Awards

KINGMAN - The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 31st Annual Andy Awards.

The awards ceremony, honoring the outgoing nature and creative charm of the classic American film star Andy Devine, will be Sept. 19.

"It's started out as a community awards," said Beverly J. Liles, president and chief executive officer for the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce.

"Over the last several years, we gave it the name Andy Awards."

The awards ceremony is an unofficial kickoff to Andy Devine Week, Liles said. The awards recognize citizens and organizations in Kingman that have contributed to the betterment of life in the community.

"If an organization would like to nominate their organization or a specific person," Liles said, "one very good nomination form is better than 10 being submitted for the same person, business or organization."

Nominations must be received in person, through fax or e-mail to the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 W. Andy Devine Ave., by 5 p.m. on Sept. 5.

"We normally, I would say, average about 50 to 60 names for the categories," Liles said, "and some very good ones."

A panel of judges not affiliated with the Andy Devine Week committee or the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce examine the nominations.

Each of the nominees will be invited to the dinner and awards ceremony on Sept. 19 at the Elks Lodge, 900 Gates Ave.

"There is only one person who knows who the winners are ahead of time," Liles said. "That's someone on the committee."

Awards, created by Laser Works 2u, will be presented to citizens and organizations in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Student of the Year, Educator of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Tourism Champion of the Year, Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Lifetime Achiever and Most Improved Commercial Property.

For information or nomination forms, visit the Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, go to kingmanchamber.org or call (928) 753-6253.