Chamber Awards and Mixer
The night began with food, drinks and a social hour. Then everyone gathered in the theatre to recognize people that have made significant contributions to Rapid City.
Four people received the Rushmore Honors Legacy Award. It is awarded to those who have left a legacy in the city. The recipients were Ruth Brennan, Darla Drew Lerdal, Stan Adelstein, and Kenny Putnam. Each of the honorees was deeply involved in performing arts for over two decades.
The Athena award was also presented at the event. The award is given to a woman in the community that embodies strength, wisdom, and courage. This year’s recipient was Karen Pearson.
Pearson has worked with women, children, and families for over 40 years. Her journey first began at 20-years-old when she joined the Peace Corps. She was on a humanitarian mission in Jamaica when she realized her passion for service.
After that, she worked in several organizations as a mentor for women in difficult circumstances. She now volunteers in similar fields.
Her lifestyle has been one of encouragement and empowerment. She even wrote an inspirational book for women.
“What you say, what you do, how you respond to other people has an impact on them, so there’s a responsibility of saying, if I’m going to be a role model, make sure I’m a good role model,” said Pearson.
The event was sponsored by The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce and Black Hills Energy.