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2020 Honoree Celebration Nominees

To cast your VOTE, visit the official Honoree Celebration page, linked [HERE]

NOTE: as we receive more in-depth information on our nominees we will update their descriptions.


Nonprofit of the Year Nominees

Active4All Evergreen Foundation
Active4All Evergreen Foundation is the charitable partner of Evergreen Park & Recreation District. The Foundation mobilizes public support and financial resources for the improvement.

Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity
We are a homeownership program for local, hardworking families in need of a decent and affordable place to live. We build several homes a year with volunteers in spring, summer, and fall.

Bootstraps, Inc
Since 1945, Bootstraps has served more than 2,000 promising mountain-area students through scholarships and interest free loans. Many students return to the area to live and work, giving back to their neighbors in many ways. In partnership with the community, Bootstraps helps future generations achieve their goals of higher education. All scholarships and loans are funded by local individuals, businesses, civic groups, and private foundations.

Evergreen Audubon and Nature Center
Evergreen Audubon is dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural ecosystems. We offer numerous programs for all ages and operate the Evergreen Nature Center during the summer at Evergreen Lake.

Evergreen Christian Outreach *not eligible to win*
Evergreen Christian Outreach serves 300+ local families with a food bank, jobs program, emergency financial help and other programs to help families move towards self-sufficiency and sustainability.

Evergreen Elks Lodge, #2363
The Elks lodge serves thousands of individuals by donating to many nonprofit organizations within the community. They support many charitable events including Little Britches, Thanksgiving dinner, Bingo, Easter Egg Hunt, and the Free Breakfast grant. They also rent space in the lodge to raise money for donations. Their donations support women and children, those in need, and Veterans.

Evergreen Music Festival
Evergreen Music Festival honors our military personnel every 4th of July while providing outstanding musical entertainment! Now in its 31st year, Evergreen Music Festival presents 15 fabulous music and dance performance groups on two stages. Genres during the day include classical, jazz, pop, Indie-folk, Americana, blues and bluegrass, transitioning to a dance party with high energy rock and soul music in the early evening. Free children’s activities, field activities, a Rotary Club class car show, and delicious food and beverage offerings round out the day.

Montessori School of Evergreen
The Montessori School of Evergreen educates the whole child with innovative instruction methods. Montessori education is the advantage that lasts a lifetime. Toddler - 8th-grade programs offered.

Mountain Area Land Trust
Our mission is to save natural areas, wildlife habitat, streams and rivers, working ranches and historic lands for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations. Over 20,000 acres are protected forever.

Mountain Foothills Rotary Evergreen
Rotary is an international organization of business & professional leaders providing humanitarian services, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations & helping to build goodwill worldwide.

Rotary Club of Evergreen Foundation *not eligible to win*
The Rotary Club of Evergreen is dedicated to providing service to the mountain community of Evergreen, surrounding communities and to people all over the world.  ''Service Above Self'' with Joy! Evergreen Rotary Club and their membership volunteer in the local community for many events including Recycle Day, Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign, Foothills Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show, EHS Interact Club, and the ECHO Food Bank.

Seniors' Resource Center, Evergreen
The Seniors' Resource Center's comprehensive program includes such services as bus pickup of Seniors for doctor appointments and grocery shopping, Meals on Wheels, educational classes and safe caregiving at the Yellow House Center; free Friday luncheons and organized field trips as well as purposeful social and fun activities for Seniors. The host of local volunteers at the Seniors' Resource Center is the epitome of genuine service - a true example of what is loved about the Evergreen community.

WEB (Women of Evergreen Businesses)
WEB is made up of dedicated women in Evergreen who focus on philanthropic efforts within our community. They donated funds to several families in the area and wrote checks out to Peace House residents, as well as serving many attendees at the Chili Cook-Off, and the WEB recycle event.  WEB has continued every year to help families and individuals in the mountain community who are going through a crisis.


Volunteer of the Year Nominees

Bruce Anderson
Bruce Anderson is a dedicated Ambassador for the Chamber. He is active with Ribbon Cuttings, Mixers, and not only attends but also sponsors many Chamber events and programs. He is always one of the first ones to jump in and offer his assistance to the Chamber and it's members, all while maintaining a successful insurance agency (Anderson Insurance Agency) with Farms Insurance.

Andrew Canales
Andrew started a charity organization for veterans called Houses for Veterans. He is a college student.
He has currently rounded up a great number of veterans and their businesses to remodel a home for a wounded veteran in Lochbui CO. At the end of the month, they will do a four-day blitz and make the home livable and convenient for a veteran in a wheelchair.

Valli Crockett
Valli Crockett is a member of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, Women of Evergreen Business, and Evergreen Elks Lodge. She attends tons of mixers and ribbon cuttings. She also dedicates a lot of time and effort to recruiting individuals and businesses to the Chamber. An active member of the community in Evergreen. Very involved in the activities, galas, mixers, etc that the Chamber hosts. Also volunteers at most large Evergreen events.

Dean Dalvit
Dean is a founding principal of EVstudio, which was born out of his sole proprietorship Eagle View Architecture back in 2006.   Dean’s personal pursuits include volunteering for Evergreen community master planning and fundraising effort for main street revitalization. Relationships with public entities and understanding the grant writing process for development is central to Dean’s role on the board of this Economic Development Council. Dean also owns and manages commercial property in Evergreen and Denver, and is very mindful of the life cycle costs and how they can be controlled by virtue of the initial design.

Brenda Davis
Brenda is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate. She currently serves on the Board of Leadership Evergreen and is the Chair-Elect for the Chamber Board. She is a member of the Mountain Metro Association of Realtors and Women of Evergreen Businesses where she helps with their annual Recycle Day and Share the Love events.

Shelley Hall
Shelley has volunteered with Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity on our International Builds and she volunteers locally as well on their Family Service Committee. She works with one of our local partner families and supports the family through the Habitat process. She also does the financial reviews of the applications that they receive. She also volunteers at the Echo Food Bank picking up the milk on a weekly basis, volunteers at the Food Bank weekly, and she runs the Summer Lunch Program for 12 weeks every summer. She also has recently taken over running the Evergreen Mountain Backpacks program that feeds kids in 13 schools in the area every weekend during the school year.

Tiffany Lockwood
Tiffany is a very active member of the Chamber. During the past five years she has actively served on the Goldilocks and the Little Bear fundraiser to benefit local libraries. For the past several years, she has made her vegetarian chili for the Big Chili cookoff, to benefit the local firefighters, and one year took home the Judges Choice Award. She also serves on the MMAR (Mountain Metro Association of REALTORS) Community Outreach committee and is a member of the Elks Lodge. Tiffany also donates her time to the Taste of Evergreen every May. In addition, she chairs the Coldwell Banker Evergreen campaign to collect hats and mittens to donate to ECHO.

Marie Lynch
Nominee Information Coming Soon

Michele Robbins
Michele Robbins goes above and beyond for her new member mentees. She strives to make them feel welcome to the Evergreen Chamber and upholds the chamber mission statement- helping promote business in our Evergreen Community. Michele owns RPM Insurance Agency Brokerage in Downtown Evergreen.

Marshal Scherba
Marshal was born and raised in Michigan, first came to Colorado in 1967, and permanently settled in Evergreen in 1970. They worked for various petroleum exploration companies in Denver, from 1970-1997, when they retired. Marshal began volunteering for Seniors' Resource Center in January, 1999, and continues to enjoy helping those who need a hand.

Andy Smith
Nominee Information Coming Soon

Jan Thurling
Like many, Jan enjoys retirement with friends and family in Evergreen. Unlike most of us, Jan is undaunted by an uncomfortable topic, children who are trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation. Jan spearheaded the First Annual Mountain Community Barefoot Mile in 2019 to support JOY International, a local organization that rescues and restores children who are victims of sex trafficking. In the first year alone, Evergreen businesses joined with 150 walkers in raising nearly $22,000.

Jen Pearson
Jen Pearson, a licensed therapist, provides free counseling services to youth ages 12–20 in the mountain communities west of Denver through Resilience1220. They work to raise awareness of the social, emotional, and mental-health issues young people face, and to provide the necessary life skills to create wellness and resiliency in their lives.

John Putt
John is the Co-owner of Windermere Real Estate Services of Evergreen. For the past three years he has created partnerships with community leaders and Realtors to present Wildland Fire Awareness programs to the community. He is a Team Leader for the Upper Bear Creek / Clear Creek County Wildfire grant committee, serves on the MMAR (Mountain Metro Association of Realtors) Wildfire Education Committee and has been working closely with the Evergreen Rotary Wildfire Task Force. John also volunteers his time to staff and support the Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office of Emergency Operations Center for countywide fire and emergency medical preparedness and response. In addition, he is the Director of Communications for the Alpine Rescue Team and a volunteer search and rescue member.


Ambassador of the Year Nominees

Valli Crockett
Valli Crockett is a member of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce, Women of Evergreen Business, and Evergreen Elks Lodge. She attends tons of mixers and ribbon cuttings. She also dedicates a lot of time and effort to recruiting individuals and businesses to the Chamber. An active member of the community in Evergreen. Very involved in the activities, galas, mixers, etc that the Chamber hosts. Also volunteers at most large Evergreen events.

Harry & Shirley Foster
Nominee Information Coming Soon

Candace O’Brien
Nominee Information Coming Soon

Michele Robbins
Michele Robbins goes above and beyond for her new member mentees. She strives to make them feel welcome to the Evergreen Chamber and upholds the chamber mission statement- helping promote business in our Evergreen Community. Michele owns RPM Insurance Agency Brokerage in Downtown Evergreen.


Leader of the Year Nominees

Heather Aberg - Resilience 1220
Heather started Resilience 1220, a nonprofit created in 2019 to address the increasing number of suicides and attempted suicides in our community. This nonprofit provides free individual and group counseling (as well as outreach and programs) to youth so that their issues can be addressed and their resilience increased. For years, Heather has run a monthly support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. She was a bereavement counselor with Mt. Evans for 20 years and had a private practice for over 7 years.

Cindy Latham - Evergreen Rotary Wildfire Task Force
Cindy, who has only lived in Evergreen for a year, mobilized her neighbors and made her HOA a Firewise community within 6 months of starting the effort.  She is a Team Leader for the North Turkey Creek Community Wildfire Protection and Implementation Plan, serves on the community wildfire readiness leadership team with Evergreen Fire Rescue and has been working closely with Colorado State Forestry, Evergreen Fire Rescue and Elk Creek Fire Department on multiple projects. She also joined Evergreen Rotary one year ago and chairs their Wildfire Task Force.

Jeanne Beaudry - Mountain Area Land Trust
Under Jeanne’s tenure of over a decade, MALT has conserved a total of 22,901 acres. Because of her passion and integrity, In 2019, Jeanne spearheaded the acquisition of Sacramento Creek Ranch in Park County, which is part of MALT’s service area. She and the staff applied for and received a Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant last year which gave MALT three weeks of work from the Mile High Youth Corps which helped to create more trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. In the past, Jeanne led the way, among many other accomplishments, for MALT’s accreditation that most land trusts in the nation do not obtain.

Dr. Jeff Brodsky - JOY International
Dr. Jeff Brodsky is a world-renowned author and global expert in the field of anti-trafficking. In 1981, Dr. Brodsky founded JOY International with the vision of bringing freedom, hope and joy to suffering children around the world. Dr. Jeff and JOY International staff members travel all over the world to speak about trafficking, how to recognize it when you see it, and what you can do to help prevent it. On July 19th, 2010, Dr. Jeff began living totally barefoot to show solidarity and bring awareness to the plight of children being held as sex slaves around the world. His organization has contributed to the rescue of over 2,000 children, teens and young women.

Brandon Brekke - Evergreen High School
Brandon began his career in education in 2006, originally as a History teacher. He taught at an international school in Costa Rica for two year while pursuing my MA degree in educational leadership. He was fortunate to rejoin the Jeffco family as a Dean and Assistant Principal, at Jefferson High School, Drake Middle School, and Evergreen High School in 2015.


Youth of the Year Nominees

Donovan Schar Davis -  Evergreen High School
Nominee Information Coming Soon

Luke Johnson- Evergreen High School
Luke Johnson was born and raised in Evergreen. He enjoys the outdoors, hunting, lacrosse, gaming and spending time with friends and family. When Luke was 14, his father suffered a fatal heart attack in his presence and Luke performed CPR on him.  Luke has given back to his community by speaking about personal grief and mental health in hopes of helping others. 

Maddie Sontag - Evergreen High School
Nominee Information Coming Soon