Archive | Awards/Recognition

Joe Kuzyk Bear Spirit Award

Established by the Board of Directors in 2007 and previously known as the Bear Spirit Award, this award was renamed in 2010 for longtime FRB member Joe Kuzyk who passed away in 2009.  The Bear Spirit Award is awarded to the member(s) who has most exemplified outstanding dedication to the Front Range Bears, the club’s mission and a spirit of enthusiasm, brotherhood, and service to the organization.

2014

  • Bill Schantz
  • Michael Lackey
  • Richard Colin

2013

  • 2013 Octobearfest Planning Committee
    • Tony Linan: Co-Chairman
    • Jeff Wayland: Co-Chairman/Financials
    • Lou Delucia: Hospitality
    • Richard “Cubby” Colin: Fundraising
  • Rian Hall

2012

  • Tom Silagy
  • Peter Soetenga

2011

  • Richard Thompson
  • George Vigil
  • Jim Feiccabrino
  • Rian Hall
  • Ian Killeen

2010

  • Joe Kuzyk
  • Adam Rudziewicz, The Bunkhouse, Breckenridge, CO
  • Sam Gallegos
  • Jimi Walker
  • The Denver Wrangler

2009

  • Bear Sawkins
  • Jeff Shalden
  • Gary Van Dorn
  • CJ Johnson & Butch Burke
  • Bobby Murphy & Robert Gilbreath

2008

  • Levi Brekke
  • Troy Hernandez
  • Jeff Stevenson
  • Charles Vigil

2007

  • Juan Sanchez
  • Bruce Storey
  • Joe Velez
  • Charles Vigil

President’s Award

The President’s Award is awarded to the individual who personally assisted the President of the Front Range Bears during his term of office.  The recipient is decided by the outgoing President.  The President’s Award is separate from any other award and not bound by the prerequisites of the other awards.   This Award was established in 2010.

2014

  • Tighe Coney
  • Bruce Phillips

2012

  • Tom Silagy
  • Peter Soetenga
  • Special Recognition – Tony Crociate & Mike McEachron

 2011

  • Chuck Dryke
  • Charles Vigil

 2010

  • Chuck Dryke
  • Ben Ecker
  • Matt Van De North
  • Kris Elyea
  • Rick Dobbs

Leadership Award

The Leadership Award is awarded to a club member(s) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the Front Range Bears during the current year. The Board of Directors should exercise as much discretion and due consideration when deciding to make this presentation.

2013

  • Lou DeLucia
  • David Beardsley

2012

  • Tony Linan
  • Jeff Wayland
  • Jesse McGuay
  • Charles Vigil

2011

  • Bob Murphy
  • Ed McAllister
  • Charles Vigil

2010

  • James Martin
  • Jeff Wayland
  • Michael Sparks
  • Shane McGoldrick

Friend of the Front Range Bears Award

This award is given to individuals, organizations, or businesses that have shown outstanding support and service to the Front Range Bears during the current year.  There should be no limit to the number of this award given. The Board of Directors should exercise as much discretion and due consideration when awarding several of this award classification.

2014

  • The House of DeHerrera
  • The Ramada Inn Downtown Denver & Staff
  • Good Chemistry

2013

  • The Denver Wrangler Management & Staff
  • Charlie’s Management & Staff
  • The Barker Lounge

2012

  • The Wrangler Management & Staff
  • The Compound Management & Staff
  • The Bar Management & Staff
  • Cherry Cordial
  • Lonnie Edwards & Craig Mapes
  • Danielle Mapes, Illegal Grounds

2011

  • The Wrangler Management & Staff
  • The Compound Management & Staff
  • Illegal Grounds Coffee House
  • Rocky Buruse, Mr. CGRA 2011
  • Laura Nelson, Red Lion Inn
  • Red Lion Inn Management & Staff
  • Midtowne Spa

2010

  • Illegal Grounds
  • The Compound
  • Needz
  • Jim Feiccabrino
  • John Furlough

Ebearitus Members

The highest honor that the Front Range Bears can award it any of its members is Ebearitus Member.  The Ebearitus Member award is awarded to the club member with an outstanding and sustained record of service to the Front Range Bears.  Only one Ebearitus Award may be given each year, but is not required to be given.  If nominations are submitted for the Ebearitus Award, the current Board of Directors should exercise as much discretion and due consideration as possible when deciding to make this presentation.

Ebearitus Membership has been bestowed on the following individuals:

  • Mike Meehan – 2013
  • Robert McMurphy – 2013
  • Ed McAllister – 2009
  • Bear Sawkins – 2006
  • Ron Triplett – 2006
  • John Griffin – 2004
  • Steve Heyl – 2004
  • Chris Dawkins – 2000
  • Van Lloyd Floyd – 1999