KINGMAN - If this year's Andy Devine Award nominee list is anything to go by, Kingman is far from short on special people or businesses.
Beverly Liles, Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, released a list of 38 nominees for eight categories on Friday. The nominees are as follows.
For student of the year: Amelia Williams, Ren Montgomery Gilleo and Rauchel Farris.
For businessperson of the year: Louis Collins, Patrick Fancuilli, Lorraine Leeming and Monica Busch.
For citizen of the year: Jen Miles, Jerry Ambrose, Glen Thomas and Vera Gulick, Paul Mowry, George Henry and Lisa Samstag.
For educator of the year: Jeri Wolsey, Virginia Taylor, Dorothy Hill and Dr. Michael Kerns.
For humanitarian of the year: David Roe Jr., William/Tod Becker, Dr. John and Diana Lingenfelter, Sandra Spruiell, Lee Butler and Michael Finnegan.
Joseph B. Donovan is this year's sole nominee for tourism champion of the year.
The nominations are not open to just individuals, however. Nominees for this year's most improved commercial property include Cerbat Guest Home, the Kingman Animal Hospital and Prestige Auto Body. Nominees for the organization of the year include Bollinger Ranch Ministries, Kingman Meth Coalition, Cerbat Garden Club, Soroptimist International of Kingman, Women Making History Committee, the Kingman Regional Medical Center Foundation, Sarah's House and Help Animals Lives Today.
A panel of five local individuals who have no affiliation with the nominees or the Chamber Board will judge the nominees. The Andy Devine Awards, or "Andys" were first awarded 32 years ago to recognize those people and businesses that have contributed to the betterment of Kingman.
The awards, which are designed by Laser Works 2 U, will be presented to the winners at a gala dinner on Saturday in the Kingman Elks Lodge at 900 Gates Ave. The theme of this year's event is "Kingman's Favorite 'Son' Never Sets - A 'Devine' Time For All."
The Chamber invites any and all from the community to take part in honoring this year's nominees. Tickets for the awards ceremony will be available from the Chamber for $35 per person. During the event, the no-host bar will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30.
This year's Andy Awards have a large list of sponsors, including: Frontier Communications, Mohave State Bank, Kingman Airport Authority, Taco Bell - Desert de Oro Foods, Inc., KAMAN Super Country, Kingman Regional Medical Center, UniSource Energy Services, Dambar and Steakhouse, Mission Bank, Heaven's Scent Florist and Monica J. Busch Investments.