The Chamber’s mission is to promote local business, actively support our community, and foster the growth and strength of our member organizations. Annually members and community leaders are honored at the Star Awards for their demonstration of best business practices and leadership in our city and surrounding area.

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 the Desert Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s Annual Star Awards & Installation luncheon at the beautiful Miracle Springs Resort & Spa. The event was attended by dozens of members, community leaders and residents who came to celebrate the accomplishments of Desert Hot Springs residents and business leaders. Board Chairman, John Soulliere, provided an update on the 2013/14 Chamber accomplishments, Visitors Center statistics and financial impact report to the membership.

“A business, organization or person that shows strong leadership in our community and surrounding area is a shining example…is a Star!”

Desert Hot Springs Star Award Winners

Here are the 2014 Stars of Desert Hot Springs:

  • 2014 Ambassador of the Year – Joanne Helms
  • 2014 Nonprofit of the Year – Boy & Girls Club of Desert Hot Springs
  • 2014 Small Business of the Year – The UPS Store #5062
  • 2014 Eco-Friendly “Green” Business of the Year – Two Bunch Palms Resort
  • 2014 Large Business of the Year – Desert Valley Disposal
  • 2014 Person of the Year – Chris Cunningham
  • 2014 Rising Star – Michael R. Burke
  • 2014 Shining Star – Paula Terifaj & Pick Up Crew
  • 2014 Shooting Star – Battalion Chief Patrick Tomlinson

2014 Above & Beyond Certificates of Appreciation presented to:

  • Michael Bickford
  • Bruce Montgomery
  • Two Bunch Palms
  • Hacienda Hot Springs Inn
  • Mission Springs Water District
  • Bailey
  • Easy Party Rentals
  • Richard Cromwell III

Congratulations to the 2014 Star Award Recipients! Please enjoy these photos taken by Bruce Montgomery:

Thank you to all that attended and supported this annual event of recognition!

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Past Recipients

2013 Star Award Recipients

  • Ambassador of the Year – Shirley Bales
  • Nonprofit of the Year – Family Services of the Desert & Food Now
  • Small Business of the Year – Desert Star Weekly
  • Large Business of the Year – Mission Springs Water District
  • Person of the Year – Heather Coladonato

2012 Star Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year – George Fisher
  • Business of the Year – Ocean Springs Tech
  • Non-Profit of the Year – Desert Hot Springs Women’s Club
  • Ambassador of the Year – Shirley Bales

2011 Star Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year – Bruce & Connie Montgomery
  • Business of the Year – Playoffs Sports Bar
  • Nonprofit of the Year – Elks
  • 2010 Star Award Recipients

2010 Star Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year – Ron Gilbert
  • Businessman of the Year – Bruce Abney
  • Nonprofit Businesswoman of the Year – Mary Prado