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Awards of Excellence

Your Chamber recognizes the commitment of individuals, businesses, civic and professional leaders who make a difference in the quality of life in our home town. There are a variety of recognition programs throughout the year that celebrates the gift of giving.


This year the Excellence in Education Awards Dinner will be held Tuesday, March 28 5:30-7:30pm at the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center.  The Awards are supported by donations from the Eagle River Area Rotary and the Chugiak-Eagle River Foundation. Each of the twelve public school principals select an individual whom they believe deserves public recognition for a year of outstanding work in education. This individual does not have to be a certified teacher - s/he could also be a school nurse, school secretary, lunch room or custodial staff - but they are each individuals truly committed to the call of education.  The awards are a visible symbol of our organizations’ support for the education community and the difficult work that they do. These annual recognitions also serve to demonstrate the merits of partnerships between business, community and schools.



When the Chamber was formed in 1970, one of the first priorities was to take time to thank those who make a difference in our community. Annually, at the beginning of Bear Paw Festival, six distinguished awards are presented.Nomination Forms are due by June 1, 2017.

  • Annual Bear Paw Community Service Award Presented to an Outstanding Organization (started in 1970)
  • Annual Bear Paw Community Service Award Presented to an Outstanding Individual (started in 1970)
  • Volunteer Service In Excellence Award
  • Spirit of the Festival Award
  • Excellence In Community Award and
  • The President’s Award

These distinguished service awards are designed to recognize the breadth and depth of commitment that we are privileged to witness on a daily basis.


This award was created in 2007 and is named after Kenny & Dick Anderson. The Anderson Award is all about selfless service. Anderson Brothers were contractors and they were a huge part of building this town. Anderson’s put in our roads and they probably put in most everybody’s driveways. They maintained our streets and took on huge excavation projects throughout Southcentral.  But at the end of the day, when most of us rested, these guys kept going. They donated their time, talents and equipment and built Lions Park, created our ball fields, put in our town clock, hauled bleachers, carry bands in the parade … and that’s just naming a few little things. Many of us have had the benefit experiencing the Anderson’s warm spirit and generous nature. To us the name “Anderson” is the personification of what it means to be in and of a community.  Kenny continues their tradition today and his work is done in the spirit of silent service…with nothing expected in return.



Presented annually at the Chamber Dinner/Auction in September,  the Ambassador of the Year award goes to the volunteer who went above and beyond to help make our events successful. Let us know when you see this happening! Nominate by emailing the Chamber at

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce is located in the CER Town Center across from the hall from the library at 12001 Business Blvd., Suite 108

Mailing address:
PO Box 770353
Eagle River AK 99577
Office: 907-694-4702
Fax: 907-694-1205

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