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Past Annual Award Winners

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Max Award

This award honors individuals or organizations that have made significant and/or extraordinary contributions to the Hastings community, the Hastings Area, or the Chamber of Commerce in recent months or years.


Past Max Award Winners:

1995 Ed Basillion Joe Patterson Walt Olson Dee Haussler
1996 Tim Boyd Dee Yost Dick Spady
1997 Sherri Patterson Habitat for Humanity Dr. Bob Anderson
1998 Jack and Dick Friend Terry Hunter Dave Autry
1999 Ken Anderson, Marjorie Little, Michael Marymee, John Quiring
2000 Dan & Teresa Anderson

2001 South Burlington Businesses
2002 Tom Lauvetz Gayle McClure
2003 Let's Grow Hastings - Tim Boyd & Doug Oakeson
2004 George Anderson
2005 Adams Central High School / Hastings Public Schools /
Dean Moors, Randy Chick, Greg Sinner, and Larry Rader
2006 Hastings YMCA

2007 Hastings Utilities, Southern Power District, Nebraska Public Power
2008 Donna Hastings
2009 Hastings Greenscape Committee
2010 Jack Schreiner
2011 Roy Demars
2012 Chuck and Jeanne Hastings
2013 Jodi Jacobi
2014 Kool-Aid Days
2015 Hastings Public Schools

2016 Johnson Imperial /  Fred Bosselman
2017 Adams Central Public Schools
2018 Hastings Public Library
2019 C3 Hotel and Convention Center
2020 Larry Rader
2021 South Heartland Health Department
2022 Hastings Police Department
2023 Ken Stein
2024 Jacque Cranson


Outstanding Community Service Award
This award honors a business or individual that has helped write the modern history of Hastings with outstanding credentials in business, education, and community service.


Past Outstanding  Community Service Award Winners:

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1984 Clarence Hide
1985 Charles Uerling
1986 James Conway
1987 Hal Lainson
1988 Reba Yeakle
1989 Dr. John Yost
1990 Tom & Dorothy Creigh
1991 Ken Morrison
1992 Clarence Anderson
1993 Harold Johnson
1994 Fred & Lorraine Teller

1995 O. J. McDougal
1996 Ed Loutzenheiser
1997 Bob Foote, Sr.
1998 Don Hulme
1999 Harry Borley Deceased
2000 John Farrell
2001 Ardyce Bohlke
2002 Richard Spady
2003 Robert Allen
2004 Jerrold Kerr
2005 Paul Hohnstein

2006 Harold Klatt
2007 Head Start
2008 Jack Crowley
2009 Michael & Pamela Kearney
2010 Gayle McClure
2011 Steve and Jan Scherr AND David Rosenberg
2012 George & Josie Anderson
2013 Jack Steiner

2014 Butch Hogan
2015 Chuck Shoemaker
2016 Mike Walenz
2017 Cal Johnson
2018 Doug Oakeson
2019 Mike and Marie Butler
2020 Joe Patterson
2021 Leota Rolls
2022 Roger and Karen Doerr
2023 Dean Moors
2024 Brady Rhodes

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Pioneer Spirit Award

This award honors successful businesses that have made significant contributions to the community in the areas of leadership and philanthropy for at least the last 20 years.


Past Pioneer Spirit Award:

1999 Dutton-Lainson Company
2000 Big G Stores
2001 Not Awarded
2002 Hastings Tribune
2003 Hastings College
2004 Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital
2005 T - L Irrigation
2006 Ellerbrock-Norris Insurance/ Samuelson Equipment

2007 Butler Volland Funeral Home
2008 Industrial - Irrigation Services
2009 Morrison Enterprises
2010 Krieger Electric
2011 Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village
2012 Central Community College
2013 Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
2014 Flowserve Corporation
2015 Hastings Pipe Irrigation

2016 Thermo King
2017 AG Processing
2018 Pauley Lumber Company
2019 Cooperative Producer, Inc
2020 Allen's of Hastings
2021 Municipal Supply Inc.
2022 Kully Pipe and Steel
2023 Bruce Furniture
2024 Pastime Lanes

Business of the Year - Up to 25 Employees
This award honors smaller businesses based on the number of employees of 25 or less. Businesses are evaluated on community involvement, sound business practices, and making a significant impact on the local community and/or economy.

Past Business of the Year- Up to 25 Employees Winners:

2014 Winestyles
2015 Hastings Convenient Care
2016 Big Dally's Deli
2017 Heartland Bank
2018 Odyssey
2019 Integrated Security Solutions
2020 Redline Specialty Pharmacy
2021 Providence Place of Hastings
2022 Jacobi's Carpet One
2023 What the Dickens?
2024 KHAS Radio

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Business of the Year - 26 or More Employees
This award honors businesses based on the number of employees of 26 or more. Businesses are evaluated on community involvement, sound business practices, and making a significant impact on the local community and/or economy.

Past Business of the Year - 26 or More Employees Winners:

2014 Not Awarded
2015 Five Points Bank
2016 Hastings Ford
2017 Glenwood
2018 Farris Construction & Carmichael Construction
2019 Centennial Plastics
2020 JM Eagle
2021 Chief Construction
2022 The Kensington Senior Living
2023 Good Samaritan Society - Hastings Village
2024 Pinnacle Bank

Business of the Year-Nonprofit
This award honors a nonprofit organization that has shown exemplary achievement in Hastings and the surrounding area.

Past Business of the Year-Nonprofit Winners:


2014 United Way
2015 Prairie Loft
2016 Hastings Library Foundation
2017 Hastings Museum
2018 YWCA of Adams County
2019 MentoringWorks
2020 The Eagles Club
2021 Hastings Elks Lodge 159
2022 enCourage Advocacy Center
2023 Our Little Angels
2024 Catholic Social Services

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