WESTMARC awards

WESTMARC is seeking nominations for the 29th annual Best of the West Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 21. 

 “The Best of the West Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy in the West Valley,” said Neil Terry, WESTMARC board chair. 

“WESTMARC is proud to honor these outstanding individuals and organizations making a great impact in the West Valley.” 

The online nomination form deadline is 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3. Nominations can be submitted online at westmarc.org/bow2021-2. The cost for each nomination is $75; organizations can submit multiple entries for different projects, companies and programs. 

Nominations are sought for individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs representing interests in the West Valley.  

• The Economic Engine Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs that have created a significant economic outcome and/or job creation for the West Valley. 

• The Quality of Life Enhancement Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs that have enhanced the quality of life for West Valley residents. 

• The Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes individuals, organizations, businesses, facilities or programs that have demonstrated an innovative concept to accomplish one or more of the following: fulfill a need for West Valley residents or preserve West Valley assets or resources. 

Best of the West 2020 winners include Desert Microsoft, Ottawa University, Verizon Wireless and Abrazo Healthcare Residency Program.  

In addition to the three annual awards, WESTMARC will present awards for West Valley Inspiration in Leadership and West Valley Regional Advancement, as well as the President’s Choice Award. Past winners include former Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck, Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC), and Bobbi Magdaleno from ASU.  

“Best of the West Awards Dinner has been my favorite event in the Valley for many years, because it’s truly the West Valley’s academy awards style celebration,” said Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC president and chief executive officer. 

“This year’s event will no doubt be even more magical with so many wonderful projects impact our growing region.”   

Sponsorship opportunities are available, as well as individual and table rates. Visit westmarc.org for more info.