• Tom Dobrez

GWS Chamber Turns 100

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association on November 2 from 6-9 p.m., as we celebrate our Centennial Gala, presented by FirstBank. The cocktail-style reception takes place in the beautifully restored Devereux and Colorado Rooms at the Hotel Colorado. The event features small plate food stations, games and live music throughout the evening. There will not be a traditional sit-down dinner, but attendees will enjoy a variety of delicious food prepared by award-winning Chef Aaron Haga.

The Citizen of the Year and Top Brass Outstanding Business of the Year will be announced during a special presentation at 7:30 p.m. This will be followed by a champagne toast and cake generously provided by Hotel Colorado. The music will continue throughout the evening after the presentation.


There will be no shortage of dancing and singing along with two local band favorites. Glenwood Springs’ dynamic duo Jesse Porter and Katie Houchin of Hammered Straight will play your favorite covers mixed with innovative, rock originals. Shady Lane is a musical collaboration of for of the Roaring Fork Valley’s most experienced musicians, Matt Harrington, Emily Jurick, Eric Gross and Mark Pearson. From pop to folk and rock to soul, the diverse selection of music is sure to delight.


The short program will include the presentation of Citizen of the Year and Top Brass Business of the Year. The Citizen of the Year Award is given in the name of Dean Vogelaar, a longtime chamber director and the award’s first recipient. The award is intended to honor an individual (or in particular instances a married couple) who makes a substantial contribution to Glenwood Springs. As a result of the nominee’s efforts, the community should have received notable benefits and become a better place to live and work. Last year’s recipient of this award was Michael McCallum.



The Top Brass award will recognize one outstanding business of the year for a major contribution that reflects commercial growth, creativity or community involvement. Businesses or professionals marking career milestones will earn Top Brass anniversary certificates or plaques. Bay Equity Home Loans was last year’s recipient.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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