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16th annual Diamonds & Spurs a jewel of an event for Craig

Corrie Ponikvar receives Rotary’s Humanitarian Award

Ball gowns, bolo ties and Stetsons as far as the eye could see were among the apparel Saturday night at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion during the 16th annual Diamonds & Spurs hosted by Rotary Club of Craig.

The local service group's gala event provided residents a night on the town complete with formalwear, dinner and more, raising funds for their projects throughout the year.

Among the high points of the evening was the presentation of the Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarian Award to Corrie Ponikvar for her years of work as the executive director of Moffat County United Way.

Rotarian Joe Bird said the choice was not a hard one for the committee tasked with finding the perfect person out of the nominations.

"She just shines," he said.

The distinction was a total surprise for Ponikvar.

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"I had no idea, but it's an honor," she said, adding that she appreciated being recognized by a group that does a great deal for the community.

Taking home the award may be the ideal way for Ponikvar to bookend her career with the nonprofit organization, recently announcing that she will be stepping down from her position with United Way after 18 years.

"It's difficult after you've been there for such a long time, but I know it's the right decision, and I'm looking forward to the next phase of my life," she said.

The fun continued with a silent auction and dancing, with people cutting a rug to the tunes provided by KC Hume under the lights strung along the ceiling and walls.

Rotary President Sue Goodenow said she could not have asked for the night to come together better through the efforts of everyone in the club.

"It looks so pretty this year, and we've all had a great time," she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.