The historic elegance of the 1923 City Auditorium came alive again with a red carpet "2017 Night of Excellence."
There was a Hollywood aura for this annual Excellence in Customer Service awards night for the BBB of Southern Colorado on Sept. 28. Formally dressed attendees were announced and strolled beneath the marquee past cheering pretend-paparrazi into the auditorium. Puzzled people passing by on Kiowa Street on their way home from work looked on curiously, laughed and sometimes joined the cheering.
Since 1995, the Better Business Bureau has recognized the best in customer service and this time added its newly launched Colorado Institute for Social Impact.
What a perfect opportunity to introduce three Social Impact Catering organizations that prepared and served the seven-course meal: Common Cause Catering, AspenPointe Cafe and Mission Catering. Featured chefs were Scarlett Farney, Brent Beavers and Tyler Peoples.
Lifesize characters from movie classics shared the stage with glittering new cars from Bob Penkhus Volvo Mazda VW Mitsubishi, a founding BBB accredited business and the evening's presenting sponsor celebrating 60 years in the auto business.
Rocky White, chair of the Colorado Institute for Social Impact, announced the BBB education award winners: fellowship recipient Riley Dwyer, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and scholarship recipients Dylan Shapiro, Colorado School of Mines, and Braena Bakker, UCCS.
Judged the 2017 excellence winners for superior customer service: All Smiles Dental Group, Amnet, Colorado Dental Group, Peak Structural Inc., Honest Accurate Auto Service, Pioneer Services, Solid Rock Custom Homes, The WireNut and Pueblo's Flow Right.
Jonathan Liebert's CEO/executive director award went to BBB's Gina Sacripanti.
The sold-out audience wrapped up the evening dancing to the Hot Tomatoes and taking movie-star photo booth pictures.
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