The Annual Kenai Community Awards Banquet has featured a litany of entertainment over the last 38 years with everything from the hilarious Mr. Whitekeys from Anchorage to Las Vegas magicians pulling live rabbits out of past chamber presidents hats, but none have been any funnier than Saturday nights roast of outgoing Kenai Chamber Board President Kyle Fisher. Leading the photo shopped/photo journal of Fisher's year in review was in-coming president Brendyn Shiflea, "I had the distinct privilege of being able to do a roast of out-going president Kyle Fisher and like I said earlier it's one of my favorite things to do is make fun of Kyle, so it came pretty easily," said Shiflea of the FNBA Kenai branch.
In a serious moment of appreciation George Ford and his family was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award, "We miss him and it was so deserving, you can't touch anything in Kenai that he hadn't touched and supported long before you got there," said Brendyn. Receiving this year's Service to Youth Award was the Kenai Rotary Soapbox Derby for the outstanding commitment an opportunity that event offers local youth. The Community Service Award is presented to an individual or business that has consistently donated time and effort to the community and the award this year went to Kassik's Brewery.
Carey Couey of the Economic Development District (EDD) was chosen as the Individual Volunteer of the Year, "Carey is heavily involved with everything that is Kenai," said Fisher in presenting the award. The Business/Organization Volunteer of the Year went to the Kenai River Brown Bears and Outstanding Small Business Award to Kenai Catering, "Bobbie and Steve have been there for us week after week and event after event making all our meals delicious and affordable," added Fisher. The Outstanding Business/Organization Award was given to Country Foods of Kenai for consistently staying active and contributing to the wellness of the community.
The Pioneer Award is presented to a person who has been in the Kenai area for at least 25 years and who has been instrumental in the development of business, educational, cultural, or recreational activities during that period, and this year's award went to Joanna Hollier. The Log Cabin Award is always a highlight of the evening as it embraces an unwritten law of Alaska that a cabin in the wilderness is a refuge to all weary travelers. A moral obligation requires those using a cabin to replenish the wood and supplies thus leaving the cabin ready for the next traveler. The award is presented to a person or persons who have traveled to and lived in Kenai for the past ten years, provided something special to the community and because of this leave it a better place to live. This year's recipient of the Log Cabin Award was June and Joe Harris.