Ceremony slated for Saturday

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By Special to the Monitor

The second annual, Community Asset/Spirit of the West awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
The event will host an array of appetizers and desserts to reward community servants with a sweet treat to toast their accomplishments of 2010.
“I’m so excited about the sponsorship of the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel,” said Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen. “The family was award recipients the first year and I’m pretty sure they believe in the work and philosophy of Assets.”
The youth development and community building program highlights the accomplishments of youth, adults, businesses and organizations for their work in and around Los Alamos. As the community rounded out 2009, approximately 40 note worthy nominees had their names added to the roster for praise and pastries. As 2010 came to a close, the list rose to 44 nominees.
The change in state law regarding food sales played a large role in plans for the January event and party planners are hoping that the enticing venue will encourage community members to attend.
Several months ago, the Department of Health determined that food sold at concessions and other events must be prepared at the venue, rather than prepared at home and taken to the event.
“The tickets are just $10,” Lauritzen said. “Our hope is that by keeping a reasonable price that the citizenry will be willing to come enjoy a night of appetizers, desserts and celebrate the good work of a few do-gooders that took a second to make a difference in projects that affected our community and the world.”
An addition to the festivities for the second annual event will be the distribution of the awards to their recipients. When Los Alamos High School homecoming king Ryan Erickson was hospitalized during the school festivities, Lauritzen knew he deserved a venue where he was able to shine in all of his finery.
“I know a small awards celebration isn’t the most spectacular of events, but I thought it was a good idea to offer him the opportunity to be the center of attention,” Lauritzen said.
Homecoming queen, Natalie Swinhoe will join Erickson. She was also an award recipient in 2009. The pair will honor each nominee with their certificates and pose for pictures to commemorate the occasion.
A quartet from Los Alamos High School, the Sage Street Saxtet, will provide the entertainment for the evening. The members are Doug Jones, Adam Sayre, Toni Batha and Nate Hall. The ensemble will play as they showcase their talents and add to their fundraising goals.
“I encouraged the band director to let them play, like many musicians do, with their music case open, in hopes that those listening will toss in some coins or other lighter currency,” Lauritzen said. “Share the wealth.”
Those unable to attend can call Lauritzen to offer their financial support for the musicians or inquire how to hire them for an appearance. Due to planning purposes, tickets will not be available at the door, but can reserved in advance by calling 661-4846.

The Assets In Action program is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board through the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.