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Auburn and Placer County are thriving. At last week’s gathering of community leaders, businesses, service clubs, nonprofits and outstanding citizens, the spirit and pride were inspiring. Master of Ceremonies Peggy Seitzinger and Keith Nesbitt hosted a wonderful evening, overflowing with inspirational reflections of Auburn’s finest.

Since 1906, the mission of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, as stated on their website, has been “to support Gold Rush prosperity, business opportunity and community in beautiful Auburn, California.  We proactively work to provide bottom-line benefits to our members.” Chamber President Katie Kenoyer opened the evening with an enthusiastic message of hometown pride, and the spirit of local collaboration making Auburn the great place it is.

Long time public servant and current Auburn Mayor Bridgett Powers reflected on her years of service. She inspired the packed house, applauding the efforts and accomplishments of all at City Hall. The pride flowing from the mayor was contagious, as she highlighted several of Auburn’s wonderful community benefits, local events, and overall amazing geography; the Endurance Capital of the World.

In his pleasant and witty style, Placer County Board of Supervisors chairman Jim Holmes continued the positive state of the community discussion. Supervisor Holmes shared several positive accomplishments from the county perspective. The evening had a moment of energy and excitement, when the winners of the Cultural Award, Hip Hop Congress, got the crowd moving to their beats with some great performers.

The prestigious McCann Award culminated the celebration. This award is named in honor of longtime Auburn Journal Business Manager Vernon Gould McCann, who gave so much to the Auburn community. In attendance were several former winners of the McCann Award, who were acknowledged. Local Katy and Brian Fries humbly accepted this year’s award, to a standing ovation for their efforts in encouraging and sharing the arts across the community. The Fries were honored for giving their time and energy to reach many young and disabled ones with art as a means to teach and grow from it.

All in all, a wonderful evening at the Ridge Country Club. The Auburn Journal is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of this annual event, and equally proud to be the community newspaper. We applaud all the award winners.

The evening came to a close with Auburn Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Keith Nesbitt emotionally describing our community as “the absolute best of small-town America.”