The Perry Chamber of Commerce recently announced the nominees for the business and volunteer of the year awards. The awards will be presented during the chamber’s annual dinner on Tuesday, April 10.


Three finalists were selected for the Spirit of the Year/Business of the Year award, Shawn Kenney said. Kenney is a chamber board member and is on the annual dinner committee with Eileen Splendore and Macinzie McFarland.


The business of the year finalists include St. Patrick’s Catholic School, Ben’s Five and Dime and the Perry Chief.


“This is an award that goes to a business that really captures the spirit of small town communities,” Kenney said.


Multiple nominations came in from the public for each of the finalists.


“St. Pat’s has had an exciting year. Through the hard work, perseverance and innovation of its staff, students and families, the school has taken significant steps forward,” a nomination letter for St. Patrick’s Catholic School read. “There have been four areas of focus that have been addressed, increasing math fluency, family engagement, leadership and Catholic identity.”


A nomination letter for Ben’s Five and Dime singled out Jan and Jay Pattee.


“The Pattees are pillars of the community and show their commitment to both it and their store by doing a huge remodel project recently,” the letter read.


The Perry Chief’s nomination letter detailed the paper’s commitment to local news.


“It’s been fun to watch the turnaround of this paper in the past year,” the letter said. “Very positive reporting for our city, covering so many events, businesses and people.”


The three finalists for the Jack Finneseth Memorial Volunteer of the Year award include Misty VonBehren, the late Joe Warnock and Andrea Tunink.


“Misty has been an anchor at the Perry Public for many years,” the nomination letter said. The letter went on to say that VonBehren “can always be seen supporting local events with volunteer hours and has been a positive role model for so many in Perry.”


Warnock was nominated for his willingness to volunteer his talents in helping with the construction of several businesses in Perry.


“Joe was not afraid to teach his talents to empower others that surround him,” the letter said.


Tunink was nominated for being active in the Perry community and helping out with various organizations, including the food pantry board, Perry softball association and the St. Patrick’s school board.


Kenney said the chamber board will vote on a winner from the business and volunteer of the year categories. The winners will be announced during the annual dinner.


There are still seats available. The dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on April 10 at La Poste with the awards program to follow. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling the chamber office at 515-465-4601.


“It’s a great event and a great night for the community to come together to network a little bit and just talk to other business owners and employees and find out what’s going on in Perry,” Kenney said.