You sent in your nominations for our 2014 GRIT (Giving Recognition in Tourism) Awards, the selection committee met, and now we here at the Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau are happy to announce the finalists for our annual GRIT Awards! Remember, the GRIT Awards ceremony will be at Fort Smith’s venue, the MovieLounge, April 24th.
But enough about the ceremony–you want to see the finalists! Without further ado, the 2014 Fort Smith GRIT Award finalists by categories are:
Restaurant Partner of the Year:
River City Deli
Varsity Sports Grill
Lodging Partner of the Year:
Courtyard by Marriott
Holiday Inn City Center
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Attraction Partner of the Year:
Chaffee Crossing Historic District
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center
Business Partner of the Year:
Belle Star Antiques
Brick City Emporium
E-Fort Smith Magazine
Polly Crews Hospitality Person of the Year:
Floyd and Sue Robison
John Bell Jr.
At the awards ceremony, we’ll also showcase the past year’s Hometown Hospitality Heroes, who have been highlighted each quarter in the City of Fort Smith‘s Fast Focus e-newsletter. These recipients are:
- Sharon Chapman and Melissa Schoenfeld – for their work and assistance with the Regional Dance American Southwest Festival
- Bill Hollenbeck – for his work on the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association Convention
- Brooke Shock and Courtney Shreve – for their work on the Konsplosion Anime Convention
- Mike Alsup – for his work on bringing the Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association and Arkansas Therapeutic Recreation Society Convention to Fort Smith for the last three out of five years.
The MovieLounge doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Stay tuned for more information about the ceremony, and please help us send all of our finalists a huge congratulations!