Ralston Arena Banquet Hall served as host for the Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards Banquet and Auction.

The event awarded four individuals of Ralston for their service to the community as well as six Ralston High School students.

About 200 people attended the event.

The award ceremony kicked off with Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Scholars including Cassidy Loucks, Carolina Lopez, Michaela Lentsch, Allyson Ray, Itzel Cruz Victoriano and Noelle Miscinski.

The students were presented with $1,000 scholarships.

The awards were as follows:

• Mandy Vanderloo — Business person of the Year

• Dolphens Sign — Business of the Year

• Aileen Boone — Volunteer of the Year

• Jan Gorman — Citizen of the Year

The award winners were chosen by the Board of Directors as well as some input from the chamber.

“I also watch people throughout the year and see what they are doing for the community and for the chamber,” Amy Roeder, chamber president said.

When it came to Citizen of the year, Gorman’s involvement in the community did not go unnoticed.

Gorman is president of Frank and Velma Johnson Ralston Archives Museum, secretary of Ralston Lions Club, member of Ralston Area Chamber of Commerce and secretary of the Soup and Pie Meal Committee of United Methodist Women at Trinity United Methodist Church.

She also leads two book discussion groups including Sisters Book Discussion Group and Afternoon Library Book Discussion Group. In addition to that, she helps with the library’s used-book sale as well as the city’s activities on Independence Day.

“Considering everything, it made it easy to choose her because of everything she has done,” Roeder said. “It was long overdue.”

Gorman will be the grand marshal of the annual Independence Day parade.

The awards concluded with an honorary award for this year’s Chamber Board of Directors Chairman Nick Parker.

Parker was given an award as a token of gratitude for his contribution to the board.

The new Board of Directors Chairman is Joe Kilzer.

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