Archive for the ‘Past Winners’ Category:

2000 – Paul Smith

Well known as the owner of the Hitching Post Inn, Mr. Smith was honored for his dedication to organizations such as the STRIDE Learning Center and his work for the needy. Mr. Smith has been involved in the STRIDE Learning Center for more than a decade, serving on its board of directors, assisting with fundraising efforts and hosting an annual party for the school’s students. He also launched the “Cheyenne Basket Brigade,” which each year provides about 150 needy families with meals, toys and other goods for the holidays. Mr. Smith has also served as a board member for a number of charitable groups and helped organize Wyoming’s first “Race for the Cure” as a board member for the Komen Foundation “Saving animals, making kids happy,” Mr. Smith said when explaining what he enjoys about his volunteer activities. “Having the opportunity to work with people on these events. I find most people who give of their time are also giving of their hearts.”

1999 – William “Bill” Dubois

Mr. Dubois, the great-grandson of Col. E.A. Slack, was fittingly honored for his more than 30 years of volunteer efforts on behalf of the event created by his ancestor, Cheyenne Frontier Days. The teacher and historian first volunteered at Frontier Days as a boy helping his father. Since then, he has served on a number of the event’s committees. In fact, the rodeo couldn’t start without him — he has opened each performance for more than 30 years by singing the National Anthem. In addition to his years of service with Frontier Days, Mr. Dubois was the founding chairman of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and has been actively involved in the Laramie County and Wyoming historical societies. “I think it’s important that if we’re here and we’re in good health, we need to earn it, and that involves getting away from one’s self and doing for others,” he said upon receiving the award.

1998 – Nick Nickel

The inaugural winner of the Community Spirit Award, Nick Nickel, was honored for his participation in a wide variety of volunteer activities. Since moving to Cheyenne in 1975, Mr. Nickel has dedicated his time and efforts to causes as diverse as the Future Farmers of America, the DePaul Hospital Foundation Board, Meals on Wheels and Laramie County economic development groups. His efforts on behalf of Cheyenne schools resulted in a $25,000 grant for one school. In addition, his auto sales company provided Ford vehicles for use at Frontier Days for 24 years. In addition, the former owner of Fassett-Nickel Ford has served as a member of the St. Mary’s Foundation Board and on the math advisory council for McCormick Junior High School.