Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
The 2013 Henry Awards winners will be revealed at the 39th Annual Arkansas Governorâ€™s Conference on Tourism. The ceremony will take place during the Governorâ€™s Banquet on the final night of the conference, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Hot Springs. The Henry Awards honor Henri de Tonti, the man historians consider to be among the first â€œArkansas Travelers.â€
Governor Mike Beebe has been invited to address the tourism industry. Miss Arkansas Sloane Roberts will present awards to the recipients and Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Executive Director Richard W. Davies will preside at the ceremony.
The awards and respective finalists are:
THE MEDIA SUPPORT AWARD . . . presented annually to a distinguished individual or organization for extraordinary attention to and/or support of Arkansasâ€™s tourism industry through the use of media.
Â Â Dick Antoine, Hot Springs
Â Â Rex Nelson, North Little Rock
Â Â Marilyn Wallis, Harrison
THE BOOTSTRAP AWARD . . . presented annually to an individual, organization, or community that has achieved significant success â€œon a shoestring,â€ having limited means to work with, either in resources or finances.
Â Â City of Siloam Springs
Â Â Downtown Walnut Ridge & Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Â Â Sugarloaf Foundation, Lead Hill
THE ARKANSAS HERITAGE AWARD . . . presented annually to an individual, organization, or community that has made a significant contribution toward the preservation of some aspect of Arkansasâ€™s natural, cultural, or aesthetic legacy.
Â Â Civil War Helena, Helena-West Helena
Â Â Drennen-Scott Historic Site, Van Buren
Â Â Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, Little Rock
THE GRAND OLD CLASSIC SPECIAL EVENT AWARD . . . presented annually to a festival, fair, or other special celebration which has â€œstood the test of timeâ€ and become an established example to follow.
Â Â Garland County Arts & Crafts Fair, Hot Springs
Â Â MusicFest El Dorado, El Dorado
Â Â Quapaw Quarter Association Spring Tour of Homes, Little Rock
THE OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD . . . presented annually to a community, individual, or organization that, through outstanding volunteer spirit, has made a substantial contribution to Arkansasâ€™s tourism industry.
Â Â Arkansas Master Gardener Program, Little Rock
Â Â Donnie Crain, Jasper
Â Â T. Baridi Nkokheli, Fort Smith
THE COMMUNITY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AWARD . . . presented annually to an individual or organization which has achieved substantial success in the enhancement of its local resources through imaginative and innovative development efforts.
Â Â City of Bentonville
Â Â Paris Chamber of Commerce
Â Â Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock
THE NATURAL STATE AWARD . . . presented annually to a community, organization, special event, or attraction which â€œstands out in the crowdâ€ because of its unique appeal, media coverage, creative approach, and/or enhancement of community pride, thus benefiting the stateâ€™s quality of life.
Â Â The Bass Reeves Legacy Monument, Fort Smith
Â Â Great Arkansas Cleanup, Little Rock
Â Â Rohwer Relocation Center National Historic Landmark, Rohwer
THE TOURISM SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD . . .presented annually to an individual or organization that has contributed to the tourism industry through leadership â€œabove and beyondâ€ the normal requirements of their jobs.
Â Â Tommie Fleming, Smackover
Â Â Christie Graham, Russellville
Â Â Southland Park Gaming & Racing, West Memphis
During the Henry Awards ceremonies, inductees into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame and the Tourism Person of the Year will also be announced. The Hall of Fame honor is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have been actively involved in tourism for many years and who have made substantial contributions to the betterment of the industry as a whole. Selected by former honorees, the Tourism Person of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who has been actively involved in tourism and who has made a substantial contribution, within the past year, to the betterment of this industry as a whole.