The Arvada Chamber of Commerce awarded Steuben's Arvada as the 2018 Business of the Year recipient and Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation (RMCHF) the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year on Jan. 25, …
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The Arvada Chamber of Commerce awarded Steuben's Arvada as the 2018 Business of the Year recipient and Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation (RMCHF) the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year on Jan. 25, at the chamber's 94th Annual Dinner held at the Arvada Center.
Steuben's Arvada opened in Olde Town Arvada in 2016 following the success of its original Denver restaurant. Set in a renovated 25-year-old diner, Steuben's quickly established itself as a staple of the revitalized Olde Town. Not only does Steuben's excel internally, but it offers continuous support for the community with its weekly Dine Back program, which has raised more than $75,000 for schools and charities across Arvada.
Located in Arvada, RMCHF provides direct assistance to more than 5,500 pediatric patients and their families every year. The foundation runs the world's largest Mother's Milk Bank to collect, test, and provide donor human milk to babies in neonatal intensive care units. For children with serious medical conditions, RMCHF also provides financial support, loving companion dogs, nurses and medical support staff.
At the dinner, the 2018 Chairman's Choice Awards were given to APEX Park and Recreation and Early College of Arvada. APEX offers an integrated, multi-faceted array of classes, events and activities supporting the vibrancy of Arvada. APEX also partners with nonprofit organizations in the community, including the Chamber, offering volunteers, sponsorship and meeting space. Early College of Arvada is a free public charter school offering sixth through 12th grade students a pathway to complete secondary and postsecondary courses. In 2017, the school hosted its first school-wide service day with projects at seven local nonprofit organizations.
The selection committee also named Kathryn Tighe and Joe Seehusen as Ambassadors of the Year. The newly-engaged couple joined the Chamber in 2016 and immediately began contributing as guests or volunteers at every event. Tighe and Seehusen also participate in Chamber leadership programs and write handwritten notes welcoming new members.
The Behind the Scenes award was given to Mike Litzau. Named the Chamber's Man of the Year in 2013, Litzau was recognized for the award for giving back to the Arvada community as part of numerous boards, associations and chamber committees.
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