Laughlin ladies win Citizen of Year awards
Jun 15, 2011
LAUGHLIN - Two Laughlin ladies won the Community Achievement Awards honors as Citizen of the Year and Youth Citizen of the Year, respectively, to lead the Laughlin parade of winners at the annual dinner held Saturday night at the Tropicana Laughlin by the Laughlin and Bullhead Area Chambers of Commerce.
Debbie Dauenhauer and Terran Drescher, who graduated from Laughlin High School the night before, joined Bennett Elementary School's Deborah Romero as educator of the year and Lisa (Herman) Maas, Laughlin Kiwanis Club liaison to the LHS Key Club, as the civic service winner.
Roy and Virginia Honeycutt of the rodeo company that produces the two biggest non-vehicle events each winter won the Spirit of Nevada trophy. Human resources director Marahi Flores and the Aquarius employees won the Spirit of the Colorado River trophy. The Aquarius also won the business of the year award.
Jason Duchene of the Harrah's Laughlin charter airline service provided by Allegiant of Las Vegas won the tourism award, one of 13 categories from which the spirit trophy winners were chosen. Harrah's won the green business of the year award.
For the last 25 years Roy and Virginia Honeycutt and their family have come to Laughlin to put on the Laughlin River Stampede and Xtreme Bulls PRCA rodeos and added a motocross show this year.
Marahi Flores and the Aquarius employees volunteer their time, finances and energy. They were among the first to support the River Fund and through payroll deductions raised $47,396 in pledges for the 2010 campaign.
Terran Drescher traveled Europe as a student ambassador, was Key Club vice president and LHS Student Council president. She maintained excellent grades and received five leadership awards in the Lady Cougars sports programs.
The Harrah's Laughlin air program, when it began in 1997, flew in approximately 100 passengers per week. Harrah's Laughlin partnership with Allegiant Air today averages 40 flights per month, managed by Jason Duchene.
For the past 22 years Deborah Romero has taught pre-school, kindergarten and now gives primary special education students at Bennett Elementary School instruction in all academic areas. She is active in the Parent Teacher Organization.
Lisa Maas recently received the Laughlin Kiwanis Club's 2010 Distinguished Service Award. She helps organize many events and fund-raisers such as the annual bone marrow drives and the children's Halloween Safe Street.
Debbie Dauenhauer has secured funding to construct and open the new Silver Rider bus facility and food bank in Laughlin. She led the start of the River Fund, that assisted more than 600 families on both sides of the river.
Sean Hammond, general manager of the Aquarius Casino Resort, past president (for two years) of the Laughlin Tourism Commission and on the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce board, directed cash or in-kind support to 56 charities in a year.
Harrah's Laughlin, one of the largest employers in the area, has contributed to green initiatives that impact its business and employees. This includes recycling, energy conservation, employee initiatives and community donations.
Other winners were Brianna Lipinski, age 9, for the Spirit of Arizona trophy; the Academy of Building Industries Earth Saints Academy for educational program of the year; Bullhead City Mayor Jack Hakim for public service; William Knowles for humanitarian; Caring Hearts Ministry for community service organization; BHHS Legacy Foundation for social service organization; and Valley View Medical Center for more than $10 million in business expansions.