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Richard W. Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Miss Arkansas Sloane Roberts present the "Bootstrap Award" to Charles Snapp, from left, Jackie Snapp, Cara West, Sue Gibson, Fran Cavenaugh, Dr. Brett Cooper, LJ Bryant and Danny West during the annual Henry Awards at the Governor's Conference on Tourism on Tuesday.
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DTWR, Chamber
receive Bootstrap Award

Downtown Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce received "The Bootstrap Award" at the annual Henry Awards Banquet on March 5 at the 39th Governor's Conference on Tourism held in Hot Springs.

The Bootstrap Award is given annually to an individual, organization or community that has achieved significant success with limited means to work with either in resources or finances.

"It was exciting when Downtown Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County Chamber won the prestigious Bootstrap Award," said Ark. Sen. Robert Thompson who attended the event. "A lot of people around the state are beginning to pay attention to the good things going on in Lawrence County."

Accepting the Bootstrap Award for Downtown Walnut Ridge and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce were Charles and Jackie Snapp, Danny and Cara West, Danny and Sue Gibson, Fran Cavenaugh, Dr. Brett Cooper and LJ Bryant.

Charles Snapp said those accepting represented many who have contributed to the effort. "It is an award for many, many people, and I'm proud to have been among those there to accept it on everyone's behalf!"

Other Henry Award recipients for 2012 included:

  • Media Support Award: Rex Nelson, North Little Rock.

  • Arkansas Heritage Award: Civil War Helena.

  • Grand Old Classic Special Event Award: MusicFest El Dorado.

  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award: Arkansas Master Gardeners.

  • Community Tourism Development Award: City of Bentonville.

  • The Natural State Award: Great Arkansas Cleanup.

  • Tourism Special Achievement Award: Southland Park Gaming & Racing, West Memphis.

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