St. George Area Chamber of Commerce presents Arete Awards and announces scholarship program – St George News

ST. GEORGE- Members of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a gala dinner to honor the Chamber’s Arete Award winners Saturday night at the Dixie Convention Center.

Stephen Wade, right, receives his Arate Award, St. George, Utah, January 15, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

“We are delighted with this event. This is a long awaited event. Tonight has truly been a year of preparation,” said St. George Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Don Willie. “We are honored to recognize some of the most prominent and influential community leaders.”

This is the second year that the chamber has awarded the Arete Awards. Arete is a Greek word meaning excellence in all things. Willie said the awards are given to leaders and innovators who have achieved greatness.

“They are the giants of our community,” Willie said.

Alongside the awards ceremony and dinner, Klea Blackhurst, known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, “Anything Traffic Will Allow,” provided entertainment.

And there was a silent auction to raise money for the chamber foundation’s new scholarship fund.

“Last year we decided that our annual gala would be dedicated to raising funds that support community initiatives that stimulate the economy and empower entrepreneurs,” Willie said.

Terri Kane, middle, receives her Arete Award, St. George, Utah, January 15, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

He added that funds raised at the gala will help support students in the community who are pursuing business-related studies.

The scholarship program will launch in time for the academic year beginning this fall and will support students at Dixie Tech and Dixie State University.

“We’re looking for students who want to be entrepreneurs, to start their own business,” Willie said. “Every entrepreneur has a different start and a different story.”

“Tonight we hope you smile, we hope you laugh, we hope you give generously, and most importantly, we hope you leave inspired,” Willie said.

Although the winners did not speak at the gala, each was honored in a video presentation and presented with the award, a shiny silver trophy resembling a flame.

Three local leaders received Arete Awards.

Stephen Wade moved to St. George in 1993 and opened Stephen Wade Honda/Mazda. In 2018, it expanded the Stephen Wade Auto Center to include Nissan, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Mercedes-Benz dealerships.

Wade is known for his particular love of people and his belief in the benefits of having a positive attitude. He is passionate about building mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships within the community to help find solutions.

Terri Kane is Intermountain Healthcare’s retired Vice President for Southern Utah. She has accumulated over 30 years of experience in nursing, hospital operations, corporate operations and executive leadership.

Dr. Wayne Provost, third from left, receives his Arete Award, St. George, Utah, January 15, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

Kane oversaw the hospital’s transition to its current campus where St. George’s Regional Hospital resides. She was responsible for the development and deployment of best care practices and optimal care models across the organization.

Dr. Wayne Provost, nicknamed “Doc” by his friends, has helped over 200 people through the patent process at Dixie State University.

Since the death of his 17-year-old son Dusty, Provost has dedicated his life to helping individuals and institutions develop new ideas.

In his video presentation, Provost said he was “just blown away” when he found out he would be receiving the Arete award.

Members of the chamber are already talking about the class of winners of next year’s Arete Prize.

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