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The Downtown Boulder Partnership Announces 2022 Annual Award Winners

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The Downtown Boulder Partnership Announces 2022 Annual Award Winners

Awards honor the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of businesses and individuals in the downtown community.

Boulder, CO [February 9, 2022] –  The Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) has announced recipients of the organization’s Annual Awards, recognizing the champions of local businesses and phenomenal innovators that help our community thrive.

Celebrate this year’s winners at DBP’s Annual Luncheon, Friday, April 1, 2022 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the St Julien Hotel and Spa. Tickets are $75 per seat, or purchase a table of 10 seats for $750. More information on purchasing tickets can be found at

In addition to honoring this year's award winners, the Luncheon will feature a keynote address from CU Chancellor Philip P DiStefano. DiStefano has been a longtime leader on the CU campus and in the Boulder community and through his leadership, he continues to make CU Boulder a nationally recognized research institution that shapes tomorrow’s leaders and has a positive impact on humanity.

Business of the Year - Big Red F
Big Red F Restaurant Group, owned and operated by Boulder local Dave Query, and includes several downtown businesses: Centro Mexican Kitchen, Jax Fish House, West End Tavern and The Post Chicken and Beer. Over the years, these restaurants have been community pillars for locals and tourists alike. In the immediate hours following the devastating December 30 wildfires, Dana Faulk-Query, Big Red F’s head of Creative, organized restaurant relief efforts and was instrumental in the launch of Restaurants Revive. She worked around the clock organizing the initiative and providing invaluable PR / media coverage to help get the word out. For their continued and outstanding support of the community, DBP recognizes Big Red F as the Business of the Year.  

Rising Star Award - Chiri’s Momo Delight
New to the Bricks (aka Pearl Street Mall)  in 2021, Chiri’s Momo Delight (mobile vending cart) has already become a downtown classic. Serving homemade Nepali dumplings from their cart on the 1300 block of the mall, Chiri’s Momo Delight brings joy and flavorful experiences to anyone who stops by for a quick bite. Because of their dedication to their craft and constant kindness, DBP honors Chiri’s Momo Delight with the Rising Star Award. 

Nonprofit Organization of the Year - The Community Foundation of Boulder County
Boulder was rocked by two unimaginable disasters in 2021 - the tragedy at King Soopers and the devastating Marshall and Middle Fork Fires. In both situations, the Community Foundation of Boulder County stepped up to mobilize donors and funds with amazing speed and decisiveness. For all their hard work to support our community, DBP presents them with the Nonprofit Organization of the Year. 

George Karakehian Community Service Award - Corine Waldau
For the past two years, Corine Waldau, Senior Director of Economic Vitality
for the Boulder Chamber, has provided unimaginable support to the entire Boulder business community through her COVID response and relief efforts. She has talked to countless businesses helping to clarify regulations and rules. She has fought tirelessly to get PPE supplies to small business owners. She has hosted hundreds of virtual meetings to provide information and answer questions. She was instrumental in launching a variety of initiatives and has continued her support into 2022 by lending her time and resources to the devastating wildfire relief efforts. DBP recognizes all her hard work and leadership with the George Karakehian Community Service Award.    

Ron Porter Special Achievement Award - Mary Ann Mahoney 
Mary Ann’s footprint in the Boulder community is an unbelievable trail that leads back to her time working at the Hotel Boulderado. Most recently, as the CEO of the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), she is one of the most prominent Boulder business figures that led a successful organization for decades -  retiring in 2021. She masterfully forged partnerships within the city and other organizations that led to successful collaborations benefitting local businesses. Under her leadership, events and conferences came to Boulder that had direct financial impacts throughout the downtown district and beyond. Her partnerships with the hotel industry helped keep tourism flourishing. She provided guidance and wisdom on Downtown Boulder’s Marketing Committee for nearly a decade. When the pandemic hit, she stepped up to bring the Boulder CVB together with the Boulder Chamber, city of Boulder and DBP to launch recovery efforts. Her wisdom, kindness and work ethic will continue to be a guiding force for all who follow in her footsteps to keep Boulder, specifically the downtown district, a premier destination for visitors and locals alike. 

For more information:
General public: 303-449-3774 |
Press: Emi Smith, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
303-449-3774 (office)|

About Downtown Boulder Partnership
Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP) is a non-profit organization, originally founded in 1984 as Downtown Boulder Incorporated, dedicated to continued preservation, promotion and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community.  With a mission to maintain Downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture and leisure, DBP’s membership supports the overall vitality of Downtown through public advocacy, political involvement and by producing year-round community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors.