Chamber awards recognize community service

Community Hospital and Bud’s Signs are among the winners of annual awards presented by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce to recognize community service.

Community Hospital was honored as Business of the Year. Bud’s Signs was selected Small Business of the Year.

In addition, the chamber named Greg Kampf, a lawyer who’s been involved in a range of organizations, its Citizen of the Year. Alyssa Hampson, community relations coordinator with HopeWest, was recognized as Young Professional of the Year.

Community Hospital is scheduled to soon move into a new, four-story building with almost 140,000 square feet of space and what initially will be 44 private rooms. The nearly $50 million construction project constitutes the latest milestone for a hospital founded in 1946 in a building that once housed a cafe.

In addition to providing more than $4 million worth of charity care last year, Community Hospital provided a total of more than $350,000 in cash and in-kind support to a variety of local organizations, including the Business Incubator Center and Grand Junction Economic Partnership.

Since its launch in 1980, Bud’s Signs has grown into an operation that employs 22 people and serves customers across the western United States.

Bud’s Signs has long helped nonprofit organizations by making banners, golf tournament signs, posters and vehicle wraps. The company also has contributed financial support to the American Red Cross, Base Camp 40, Grand Junction Lions Club, Grand Mesa Little League, Mesa County Junior Football League, Mesa County Partners, National Rife Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Shriners. Owner Bud Preuss serves on the board of the Western Colorado Drag Racers Association and works to improve the club and its facility.

Kampf, a shareholder in the Grand Junction law firm of Hoskin, Farina and Kampf, has been involved in community organizations in the Grand Valley for more than 40 years. He’s served as a board member and president with the American Red Cross, Colorado Mesa University Foundation, Effective Parents Project, Grand Junction Symphony, Mesa County Public Library and St. Mary’s Hospital. A a leader with the Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, Kampf was involved in the construction of a 24-unit apartment for the chronically homeless with mental and physical disabilities.

Hampson was honored for her involvement in the Young Professionals Network of Mesa County.