WASHINGTON CITY — Ordinary people making extraordinary contributions were honored Wednesday evening at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Gala.

Attending the gala are members of the Washington Rotary Club, which won the Organization of the Year at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Gala, Washington, Utah, Nov. 8, 2023 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

Ten community and business leaders and organizations were featured at the chamber’s installation dinner at the Cotton Town Dance Hall. The chamber’s new board members were also recognized.

The Marcia Whitney Memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year went to Malia Mullins. The family of Nick and Marcia Whitney presented the award. The family lived in Washington City previously and traveled from Missouri in honor of their mother, who has since died from cancer. Marcia Whitney was one of the chamber’s premier volunteers.

Her husband said his wife was the one that everyone wanted to be involved in their activities.

“Marcia will be forever an example of love, compassion and dedication to our community,” Whitney said. “It is our honor to be here and to recognize you, Malia, for your great service.”

The First Responder of the Year Award recipient, Washington City Police Officer Jerran Carter, told St. George News he was honored. Carter has worked for the Police Department for almost 14 years. The award comes from an incident that happened in 2022 on Thanksgiving.

“I responded to assist another agency with a young child they reported as a drowning. I realized I was closer since I was down by my house for the holidays,” Carter said. “I responded and was able to begin CPR with her and do some life-saving efforts. She was able to pull through. I appreciate the support of the city and the county, and I just enjoy my job and being able to serve everybody.”

Washington Area Chamber of Commerce board members are sworn in by Mayor Kress Staheli at their annual gala, Washington, Utah, Nov. 8, 2023 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

Washington Area Chamber President and CEO Ed Tracy told the sold-out crowd of approximately 200 people, that the recipients are the people who make Washington the best place to live, work and recreate.

Community Hall of Fame Awards recipients for 2023

Educator of the Year: Linda Heikkila, Crimson Cliffs High School / Washington Fields Intermediate
Student of the Year: Dayson Macdonald, Crimson Cliffs High School
Citizen of the Year: Mike Jensen, Mike’s Barber Shop
Washington Business of the Year: DR Horton
Networker of the Year: Cara Street, Street Realty
Organization of the Year: Washington Rotary Club
Marcia Whitney Memorial Award / Volunteer of the Year: Malia Mullins, TRU by Hilton
Heart of Dixie: George and Kathy Staheli
Mayor’s Choice: Rosie Kirkland
First Responder of the Year: Washington City Police Officer Jerran Carter

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