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FCVB Recognizes Local Visitor Industry at 2013 Annual Awards Banquet


Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) - The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau (FCVB) acknowledged the contributions of Bureau members and other individuals and organizations for their support of the local visitor industry at its 2013 Annual Awards Banquet on April 20th at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge.

The Golden Heart Award was presented to Kathy Hedges of Northern Alaska Tour Company for her exceptional hospitality, commitment and effort on behalf of Fairbanks visitors.

The Aurora Award was presented to 1st Alaska Outdoor School for their consistently exceptional contributions to the development and increase of the Fairbanks visitor industry.

The Jim and Mary Binkley Award was presented by Mrs. Mary Binkley to Running Reindeer Ranch for its creativity, innovation, courage and entrepreneurialism in the introduction of a new attraction for the benefit and enjoyment of visitors to Fairbanks.

The Raven Award was presented to the North Pole Economic Development Corporation for promoting a distinct local, statewide, national and international interest and awareness among prospective visitors.

The Gold Pan Award was presented to outgoing Board Chair, Buzzy Chiu, for her contributions to the organization as Chair of the FCVB Board of Directors in 2012.

The Golden Heart Greeter of the Year Award was presented to Jutta Pence for unselfishly dedicating herself to helping the Fairbanks community and helping make a visitor’s experience that much more special and memorable.

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