LANB’s Bill Enloe Receives Top Community Asset Award

Bill Enloe. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

CEO/Chairman of the Board Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank was honored with the Spirit of the West Award at a special event Saturday night, Jan. 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

The Spirit of the West Award is the highest award presented annually to a member of the community for their positive impact and contributions toward enhancing the quality of life in Los Alamos.

Community Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen hosts the annual Community Asset Awards ceremony. 

This year, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard presented awards from America’s Promise Alliance and the ING Foundation for receiving its 100 BEST COMMUNITIES” award to County Administrator Harry Burgess and Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt.

America’s Promise Alliance and the ING Foundation are thrilled to recognize Los Alamos County for the second time as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. Congratulations to everyone working hard to make youth the first priority in Los Alamos.

To put this accomplishment in perspective, more than 320 communities were nominated for recognition in 2012. They came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was our most diverse and competitive group of applicants ever.

Twenty-nine communities were first-time winners, which tells us that as the competition continues, it gets harder and harder to maintain a spot on the 100 Best list. In fact, the bar seems to get raised every year, and great communities like Los Alamos are the reason why.

Being a great community for young people doesn’t mean you don’t have room to improve, challenges to overcome, or problems to solve. What it means is that you have made your young people a priority — and that you have come together as a community to work for their success, especially as it concerns helping make sure young people graduate high school ready for college and today’s workforce.

What you have accomplished together is certainly a tribute to your young people. But what we celebrate is the foundation you have laid for that success as a community.

From left, Peggy Durbin, Katy Korkos and Melissa Robinson are recognized for their contributions to the community. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Honorees and guests filled the dining room at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday night for the annual Community Asset Awards event. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Community Asset Award certificates were given to individuals and organizations in the following categories: 

2012 Community Asset Awards (Youth)
Akash Dighe Phoebe Fu john Gibson and Janali Gustafson
Key Club
Ali Berl, faith Glasco, Kristen Heartling, Paulina Majewska, Allison Rooney, Emily Pittman and Kathy Boerigter
United Way Youth Team
Jordan Ahlers, Lauren Burr, Laura Wendelberger, Justin Dunn, Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, Sarah Tripplehorn, Lindsay Roach and Kaylie Burk
Adults
American Legion Riders-Dave Bullock, Dan Gandee, Ken Nadeau, Julia Agnew, Dawn Barr, Debbie Bell, Jarda Belmonte, Dr. Eric Bernstein, Sheri Bublitz, Father John Carney, Don Casperson, Peggy Durbin, Lois Eddleman, Vicki Erkkila, Dave Fox, Michelle Grove, Marshall Jansen, Valencia Jenkins, Dawn Kilburn, Patty Kokesh, Katy Korkos, Cindy Lawton, Jane Lin, Jim Little, Melanie McKinley, John Pawlak, Pam Prichard, Morrie Pongratz, Melissa Robinson, Len Scheel, Linda Seelau, John Singleton, Keith Stephens, Claire Swinhoe and Bill Wadt.
Businesses
KRSN AM 1490, Los Alamos Daily Post, Monitor Sports Editor Mike Maez-
Cote and Sports Photographer John McHale and Smith’s Food & Drug Stores
Couples
Dr. Eugene and Wendy Schmidt Brad and Debbie Smith

The evening was sponsored by America’s Promise Alliance and the ING Foundation, Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the LAHS Key Club and the United Way Youth Team are honored for their contributions to the community including Ali Berl, faith Glasco, Kristen Heartling, Paulina Majewska, Allison Rooney, Emily Pittman, Kathy Boerigter and Jordan Ahlers, Lauren Burr, Laura Wendelberger, Justin Dunn, Kaylie Burk, Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta Lindsay Roach and Sarah Tripplehorn. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

Bernadette Lauritzen reads community contributions made by Morrie Pongratz, Jim Little, Marshall Jansen, Don Casperson and John Singleton. Photo by Karen Kendall/ladailypost.com

Community Asset Award Ceremony at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Saturday night. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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