Sommerfeld awarded Citizen of the Year

By: 
Alastair Baker
News Editor

Photos by Alastair Baker - Red Lodge Chamber member Glory Mahan stands with Kathy Sommerfeld, recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award.

Red Lodge Chamber member Alanna Anderson with Employee of the Year, Forrest Logan of Back Alley Metals.

Shawn Halvorsen, general manager of Beartooth Market, accepts the Business of the Year award from Red Lodge Chamber member Glory Mahan.

Kathy Sommerfeld took home the major community prize last Thursday at the Pollard Pub when she was awarded Citizen of the Year at the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce event. Sommerfeld is the President of BareTooth Cupboards in Red Lodge.
In her introduction to announce the recipient Chamber member Glory Mahan said the award “goes to someone who volunteers over the long haul, often someone in the background. They spend their time and effort for the value and benefit of this community. This person was nominated by up to 8 people, some of them past winners. This person has been in this community for quite sometime and is all over town, you’ve seen her everywhere, doing what is necessary to make this community even better.”
Visually surprised by the announcement Sommerfeld responded with, “Wow, I don’t know what to say.”
“I’m truly surprised but this is a great community and I’m so happy for Beartooth Market because without them we couldn’t do what we do for the food bank. They truly are amazing for what they do in this community and I’m very humbled. Thank you so much,” said Sommerfeld.

Also winning awards this night where Forrest Logan, Back Alley Metals, who won Employee of the Year. Presenting this award was Chamber member Alanna Anderson who described Logan as “creative” “willing to learn new techniques” and who approaches every project with “enthusiasm.” Also nominated in this category were McKaila Maliske of Beartooth Market, Bonnie Ples of Red Lodge Steak House, and the Staff of the Red Lodge Post Office.
Business of the Year went to Beartooth Market.
“Beartooth Market is unique,” said Mahan prior to the announcement. “They support all non-profits, and younger people trying to raise money for trips and they even allow people to use their parking lot. They allow organizations and groups who might be in competition with them to sell baked groups or corn to send kids on trips. For three generations they have supported this community in spades." Also nominated were Back Alley Metals and True Value Hardware.
“We have the most wonderful people in the world right here, and wonderful businesses,” said Mahan in closing.
Back Alley Metals made the awards.
Last year the Chamber was visited by all 50 states, along with visitors from 33 other countries. A total of 8,205 guests signed the visitor’s log.

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