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Silver Legacy
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Transforming Youth Recovery
Silver
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Jeramie Lu
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Nina Photography
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Tahoe Blue Vodka
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Manzanita Glow
Round About Catering
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Tap Snap
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ATC  Signature Systems
Camelot
Solace

Honorees

The inaugural Impact Awards is a celebration of the positive impact that our community members and businesses have made in the Biggest Little City. These efforts include getting increased tourism and travel to our region, bringing national attention and growth to our great city and a strong commitment to community support.

Jennifer Cunningham, Travel & Tourism Advocate

Jennifer Cunningham was recently named the interim Managing Director of the Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority (RSCVA). In addition to this new role, Cunningham serves as the Executive Director of Marketing for the agency, where she is responsible for running the organization and for guiding it into the future. She oversees the development and coordination of the communications, public information, website, social media, creative and all marketing aspects of the RSCVA as well as the region’s special events.

With more than 30 years of experience, Cunningham has long been an integral part of the Northern Nevada gaming and hospitality community.

A Reno native and active member in the community, Cunningham serves on the board of directors of EDAWN, is a Commissioner for Travel Nevada, is on the board of the Regional Air Service Corporation and is a member of the Marketing Committee of the Reno Arts and Cultural Commission. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Education Alliance of Washoe County, the Educational Foundation, and the Northern Nevada Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as well as participated on the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board on Tourism, Gaming and Entertainment.

Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in International Marketing from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in Managerial Sciences and Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Mark Estee, Visionary of the Year

James Beard Award nominated Chef Mark Estee is a community leader dedicated to building a thriving restaurant culture in Reno and Lake Tahoe.

Estee is nationally recognized for his rustic, European cuisine, utilizing Northern Nevada farmers and Ranchers. He offers deconstructed renditions of traditional favorites, while provoking the nostalgia and passion of the old country.

His favorite question: “Do you know where your food comes from?” stresses the importance of local significance and food education. His “whole hog” and “root to stalk” philosophies create a sustainable, full-flavored experience.

Estee pioneered the slow food movement in Reno when he opened Campo, a rustic Italian restaurant in the downtown Riverwalk District. His other restaurants and managing partnerships include chez louie, Burger Me!, and Glenbrook Club. His newest venture, “Mark Estee Events,” provides custom catering for galas, weddings, chef’s dinners and private parties.

Every plate comes with a story, and every storytelling adventure unites people. Estee’s cuisine and natural energy generates a community-focused atmosphere, fortified upon relationships.

Britton Griffith-Douglass, Community Champion of the Year

Britton Griffith-Douglass is Vice President of Operations at Reno Engineering Corporation (REC), a family-owned development company servicing landowners, developers and builders to achieve their development and construction objectives.

REC’s goals as of late have been buying downtown locations for the purpose of bringing in the right tenants to help Reno attract and retain entrepreneurial investment. Currently, the company owns the first two floors of Arlington Towers where StartUp Row, a tech incubator, houses young ventures like The Reno Collective, Filament, and Laxalt & McIver to name a few.

Over the years Reno Engineering has been proud to work on large regional projects and with international companies relocating to our region in the Tahoe Reno-Industrial Park. Integrating international corporations into our region’s community and business arena are a passion for the whole team.

A fifth-generation Nevadan and University of Nevada, Reno graduate, Britton is passionate about bringing world attention to the incredible aspects of Reno, including its electric downtown area and to highlight the many positive attributes of the Biggest Little City. She believes that Reno has a vibrant downtown, welcoming culture and is the perfect place to conduct international business and have a small town heart.

Most recently, Britton and REC supported the successful installation of the Roff Way Parklet in the one block alleyway just east of Arlington Towers. This is just one of the many community projects that she and the company support.

Britton sits on many boards, including Vice President for the Reno Alliance for Downtown, the Redevelopment Advisory Agency Board, Ward 2 Advisory Board, Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, and is the President of River Walk Merchants Association.

Joe Hart, Honorary Supporter

Joe Hart first joined News 4 in 1997. Since starting out as a reporter, he has climbed his way up through the ranks to the main anchor position. Joe is a Bay Area native, but his career has taken him from Santa Rosa, California, up to the Pacific Northwest, and down to Las Vegas. Now, he's settled in Reno — which he calls a perfect fit for him — with his two children, Will and Emilee.

Joe has covered a number of major stories over the years. He was selected to witness and report on an execution while working as an anchor in Washington State, an experience he says he'll never forget. He also covered President Clinton's visit to Lake Tahoe in 1997 and the controversial poisoning of Lake Davis that same year. On the lighter side, Joe had the pleasure of flying in an Air Force fighter jet out at Fallon (no, he didn't get sick) and being selected as a Torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Recently, Joe was honored for his work with several prestigious awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, the NorCal RTNDA Award for best news writing, and the Top TV Anchor Award, presented by the Reno Press Club. In August of 2007, Joe was recognized for his years of achievement and dedication to the Reno community when he was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

When he's not at work, Joe enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with his children.

Shelby Sheehan, Honorary Supporter

News 4 Evening Anchor Shelby Sheehan has been reporting the news in Northern Nevada since 1998.

Shelby joined the News 4 team as a general assignment reporter in 1998 and was promoted to the morning anchor position that she held for 5 years before anchoring the evenings with Joe Hart. The two have been a team since 2004.

Shelby is passionate about children and their wellbeing. She has focused much of her reporting on stories that effect education, health, and families.  Shelby has been recognized by the Alliance for Victims Rights, Nevada Association of School Boards, Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation among other groups for her work to make Northern Nevada a safer, healthier place to live.  Every month Shelby visits local schools to award a student and teacher with News 4’s Class Act and Excellence in Education Awards.

When she’s not at work, Shelby spends most of her time with her husband Bill Frankmore. They have three sons, Ryan, Jack and Luke who keep them on their toes!  She loves to hike, ski, run and watch her sons play sports.

Shelby grew up in Los Altos California, a suburb about 45 minutes south of San Francisco and attended the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Stacie Mathewson, Solace Tree Community Advocate Award

Stacie Mathewson is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and national advocate for collegiate recovery, but when you first talk with her, she doesn’t sound like any of those things. What she sounds like, first and foremost, is a mom—a devoted, determined parent whose own child inspired her to try and save the lives of young people across the country.

Mathewson was already actively involved in collegiate recovery when her 29-year-old son, Timothy Joshua Montoya, lost a hard-fought battle against addiction to prescription pain medication and died in February 2013. Having stood by her son, supporting him in his struggle day by day, Mathewson now wants to channel all of that energy into helping the sons and daughters of many moms, all hoping and praying that their children will somehow beat this disease and reclaim a promising future.

Triggered by the  inability of a parent to help her child, Stacie has dedicated her life to creating a world  where addiction stigma is a thing of the past, no longer affecting a sober person’s ability to succeed all through their life. She envisions a time when families are able to celebrate healing in recovery together, instead of grieving the destruction of this fatal disease.

In late 2011, Stacie gave seed funding to the Nevada Recovery and Prevention community at the University of Nevada, Reno. This simple act of generosity sparked a national study into the status of addiction and recovery among college students, and to the foundation of the non-profit Transforming Youth Recovery to spearhead establishment of 100 new collegiate recovery programs across the country, and become a recognized leader in the national recovery movement

In 2014, TYR initiated the first ever Doors To Recovery community art project in Reno, NV, Stacie’s hometown. Over 40 local artists and residents participated in transforming antique doors from Reno’s historic Lear Theater into works of art celebrating recovery from addiction. The resulting exhibition, entitled Art for Recovery, was embraced by media, engaged thousands of local residents and families, and became a beacon of hope for many in the recovery community. From this root has grown the Reno-based non-profit, Doors To Recovery, focused on finding solutions for Northern Nevada, with the intention of breaking the stigma of addiction and creating a truly innovative, integrated and  sustainable recovery oriented system of care in Northern Nevada.

Now, with the support of an entire Reno community, Stacie continues to grow the Doors to Recovery movement, helping as many people in recovery as possible and doing so with unprecedented optimism and grace. Most recently this determination toward the cause has manifested itself through a series of events and programs, including the 2nd Annual Art for Recovery, all with the focus of spreading awareness and widening the range and scope of addiction-based dialogue amongst Reno community members.

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About Solace Tree

The Solace Tree is a nonprofit organization that provides peer support groups and education to children, teens and their family members who are coping with the loss of a loved one. The Solace Tree will receive a portion of the proceeds from the event to use towards their nonprofit funding purposes.

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About Nace

The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) is the first nonprofit, national association for caterers, event planners and event professionals that provides education, certification and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry. Through the collective efforts of NACE members, friends of NACE and community partners, the event also aims to raise awareness and funds for scholarships and grants for education programs that enhance the catering and events industry.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We hope you will join us and support the inaugural Northern Nevada Impact Awards presented by the Reno/Tahoe Chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events. The event will not only provide positive community exposure for your business, but will also benefit The Solace Tree and raise funds for educational scholarships and grants for the catering and events industry.

Presenting Sponsor - $50,000 (One Available)

  • Event naming opportunity: Impact Awards presented by [your business name here]
  • Exclusivity for business category
  • Two hosted VIP tables of 10, including butler service and upgraded wine selections
  • Two standard hotel rooms at Silver Legacy for the evening of the event
  • Back cover, full page, full color program ad
  • Company logo prominently displayed on all marketing materials
  • Inclusion on all media and press material
  • Logo inclusion on event website
  • Logo inclusion on invites
  • Sponsor announcements on social media
  • Public recognition from the emcee(s) during the event
  • Signage opportunities at the event
  • Company recognition in all ‘thank you’ follow-ups

Diamond Sponsor - $25,000 (Two Available)

  • Exclusivity for business category
  • Company logo prominently displayed on all marketing materials
  • One hosted VIP table of 10, including butler service and upgraded wine selections
  • One standard hotel rooms at Silver Legacy for the evening of the event
  • Inside front cover or inside back cover, full page, full color program ad
  • Logo inclusion on event website
  • Logo inclusion on invites
  • Sponsor announcements on social media
  • Public recognition from the emcee(s) during the event
  • Signage opportunities at the event
  • Company recognition in all ‘thank you’ follow-ups

Platinum Sponsor - $10,000

  • Exclusivity for business category
  • Company logo prominently displayed on all marketing materials
  • One hosted VIP table of 10, including butler service and upgraded wine selections
  • Full page, full color program ad
  • Logo inclusion on event website
  • Logo inclusion on invites
  • Sponsor announcements on social media
  • Public recognition from the emcee during the event
  • Logo inclusion on electronic boards at event

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

  • One hosted VIP table of 10
  • Half page, full color program ad
  • Logo inclusion on event website
  • Sponsor announcements on social media
  • Public recognition from the emcee(s) during the event
  • Logo inclusion on electronic boards at event

Silver Sponsor - $2,500

  • One hosted table of 10
  • Half page, full color program ad
  • Logo inclusion on event website
  • Sponsor announcements on social media

Bronze Sponsor - $1,000

  • Two general dinner tickets
  • Half page, full color program ad
  • Logo inclusion on event website
  • Sponsor announcements on social media