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Community Stars Recognized at Lake Arrowhead Chamber Gala Night

Story and Photos by Angela Yap | Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:00 am

Nearly 200 guests enjoyed the red carpet welcome at the 51st annual Lake Arrowhead Chamber Gala held at the Lake Arrowhead Resort last Friday evening.

Themed as Night of the Stars, guests enjoyed the red carpet welcome and celebrity style step-and-repeat photography at the lobby of Lake Arrowhead Resort, followed by a glass of welcome champagne sponsored by Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins.

The gala started with Lake Arrowhead Chamber Chairperson Tricia Dufour recognizing all the gala sponsors: Ram Truck Center of Victorville Motors, Lake Arrowhead Resort, Mountain News, Arrowhead Pine Rose, Sycamore Ranch and Arrowhead DJ.

Dinner wines were sponsored by Richard and Elizabeth of Sycamore Ranch. They donated two bottles of Viognier and a bottle of Primitivo for every table. The Krumwiedes congratulated the stars of the night with a toast of the Sycamore wines.

The dinner was prepared by Chef Robert featuring the signature Montreal Roasted Tri-Tip, Chicken Picatta and Pasta Primavera.

Music and decor was provided by Arrowhead DJ. Event promotion and coverage was sponsored by the Mountain News.

Representing last year’s winner of the Non-Profit of the Year was Duane Banner who introduced this year’s winner, Rebuilding Together, which was represented by Wayne Palmer and Sue Parks. Banner announced that this is also their 25th anniversary in our mountain communities. Palmer and Parks reminded the audience this year’s Rebuilding Day is April 27.

Kevin Somes of Snow Valley, winner of last year’s Business of the Year took the stage and introduced this year’s winner, Steve and Jamie Keefe of Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty. Somes reflected on Snow Valley’s values and congratulated the Keefes.

Keefe shared the Coldwell history briefly and credited the success to his agents. Coldwell Banker earned the elite status of Chairman’s Circle and is in the top six percent of Coldwell Banker worldwide.

Last year’s Citizen of the Year David Caine has the privilege to introduce Ron and Barbara Doutt as this year’s Citizen of the Year. Barbara and Ron Doutt are involved in more than seven different organizations on the mountain, said Caine. These organizations include Mountain Community Hospital, Rim of the World Historical Society, Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead, Boys and Girls Club, Mountain Scholarships Society and Soroptimist International.

Ron Doutt said that Barbara was also named Citizen of the Year at Catalina Island 25 years ago. 

“Barbara has survived two kidney transplants, four heart attacks,” said Ron, who also recognized all his family members. 

Ron shared his favorite quote with the audience, “Friendship is not a big thing. It’s a million little things.” 

Barbara Doutt said that it is hard for her to say no to many volunteer projects. However, she cherished a quote, “Work for a cause, not for applause” by Grace Lichtenstein.

It has been a tradition to hold a cake auction at the gala where the guests get to bid on the cake of their choice for table dessert. There were 17 cakes auctioned off, with bids ranging from $120 to over $300 each. All proceeds go to the marketing fund at the Lake Arrowhead Chamber.

Steve Valentine, a Ballroom dance instructor from Bullworx Fitness, and his students performed an energizing dance which eventually inspired many guests to dance through the evening.

“This is the most successful gala,” said Sondra Hughes, a past president and board member of Lake Arrowhead Chamber. Robin Bull, executive director of the chamber, echoed Hughes’ sentiment.