Anchorage Chamber Announces 66th Annual Gold Pan Award Winners

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November 22, 2023

ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s 66th Annual Gold Pan Awards “Route 66” was held on Friday, November 17, 2023, at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. For over 65 years, Gold Pan Awards have been awarded to those who have shown business and entrepreneurial excellence as well as a loyal commitment to Anchorage through community service.

The fifteen finalists and winners in five categories are:

Distinguished Community Service (Large)

  • WINNER! Alaska Military Youth Academy VIDEO
  • Fred Meyer VIDEO
  • Orthopedic Physicians Alaska VIDEO

Distinguished Community Service (Small)

  • Alaska Escape Rooms, Inc. VIDEO
  • Anchorage School Business Partnership VIDEO
  • WINNER! Wilderness Adventures for Kids Everywhere VIDEO

Business Excellence

  • PIP Marketing, Signs, and Print VIDEO
  • WINNER! LifeMed Alaska VIDEO
  • SteamDot Coffee Roasters VIDEO

Entrepreneurial Excellence

  • Snowy Berry Cafe VIDEO
  • Alaskan Sights and Bites VIDEO
  • WINNER! Alaska Chip Company VIDEO 

Non-Profit: Above & Beyond

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center VIDEO
  • WINNER! Hospice of Anchorage VIDEO
  • VOA Alaska VIDEO

In addition, a Volunteer of the Year Award was given to the Anchorage Chamber Young Professionals Group Chair and Ambassador, Logan Burt (VIDEO), and former Anchorage Chamber President/CEO Bruce Bustamante was recognized with the 2023 Chairman’s Award.

“I am continuously so impressed and inspired by our business and nonprofit community, and this event was an opportunity to celebrate their impact,” says Kathleen McArdle, President & CEO. “Congratulations again to our Gold Pan Award winners and finalists. We were honored to share your stories!”

It took many community partners, volunteers, and vendors to make the evening a reality. Thank you to the Gold Pan committee, Dena’ina Center, Landsick Media, IMIG Audio/Visual, Bovey Trophies, Logistics, LLC for the retro road trip decor, and Photo Emporium for the photo booth and photography. The antique motorcycles were brought in courtesy of the Diamond Girls MC.

For photos and the 2023 Post-Gold Pan Awards digital program, visit

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The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven business organization with nearly 800 members representing more than 54,000 employees. For over 100 years, the Anchorage Chamber has served as a resource where members can gain business knowledge, insight, and strength. More information about the Anchorage Chamber is available at or by calling (907) 272-2401.

Tosha Swan, Chief Operations Officer, (907) 677-7103