The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce Installs Board Members & Honors the Hurricane Valley Business Community & Students

At their recently held Awards and Installation Banquet, the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce installed 2021 Board of Directors and honored Hurricane Valley businesses, business people, and students who excelled in 2020. The banquet was held at the beautiful Sand Hollow Resort Clubhouse, located in Hurricane, Utah. Guest speaker Drew Durrant of Rattin’ D Playhouse inspired and entertained an audience of HVCC members and honorees.

Retiring after three years of dedicated service: Kim Mensch of American National Insurance, Sharon Shores of Sharon Shores, Certified Emotion & Body Code Practitioner and Life Coach, Chris Gifford, Director of DSU Hurricane & Kanab Education Centers. Welcomed to the Board were Rosie Sevier of Root for Kids, Donna MacBean of Neighborhood Connection, and Ashley Moser of the B.A.S.H. (The Beach at Sand Hollow). Continuing their service on the board: President Nic Lauritzen, Ike Turner, DeWynn Nelson, Bryce King, Damon Atkinson, Orion Parker, Kris Smedley, Andy Palmer, Paul Zolman, Suzanne Leonelli.

Honored as the 2020 Hurricane High School Student of the Year was Adriana Villarreal, the 2020 DSU Student of the Year was Jaycee Robinson, and the 2020 Educator of the Year was LaVerkin Elementary School Principal, Steven Leavenworth. Also honored was Kris Smedley, Manager of Davis Food & Drug, as the 2020 Businessperson of the Year with Chris Gifford of DSU Hurricane & Kanab Education Centers, as the recipient of the Community Service Award. Las Lupitas Mexican Restaurant was honored as the 2020 Small Business of Year with Davis Food & Drug as the 2020 Business of the Year. Award recipients were nominated and voted on by members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber.

The banquet would not have been possible were it not for the generous support of Platinum Sponsors AGC, Color Country Automotive, DSU Hurricane Education Center, Davis Food & Drug, ERA Brokers Consolidated, the Hurricane City Recreation Department and The Haven at Sky Mountain as well as Gold Sponsors, The B.A.S.H., Spilsbury Mortuary, State Bank of Southern Utah and TDS.

With the onset of COVID-19, 2020 will be a year we’ll never forget, however, the Hurricane Valley business community and members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber are survivors. They have adapted and learned how to function under the most difficult of circumstances. With continued precautions and vaccines becoming available, the HVCC is confident that 2021 will be a year of new beginnings and opportunities.

Rattlin’ D Playhouse honored as HVCC February 2021 Business of the Month

Members of the Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce voted to honor Rattlin’ D Playhouse as the February 2021 Business of the Month. If you haven’t experienced a Rattlin’ D Playhouse prime rib dinner show, you’re missing a real treat!

Drew & Julie Durrant owned and operated Mack’s Inn Playhouse from May 2008 until September 2012. With the Durrants at the helm Mack’s Inn Playhouse became a destination for family friendly musical spoofs for the Greater Yellowstone Area. They would perform 70 shows each summer and squeeze them all in between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

In the summer of 2012, long-time friends and patrons, Rob and Sherri Dias, approached the Durrants about working with the students at Diamond Ranch Academy and opening a new dinner theater in Southern Utah. Rattlin’ D Playhouse was born. Now all they needed was a stage. November 2013, the Playhouse found a temporary home in the Hurricane Community Center and “My Big Fat Southern Utah Christmas” opened November 29th, 2013. Since then, the Playhouse has produced over 15 musical spoofs. In March 2014, the Playhouse moved into its permanent home located on the beautiful campus of Diamond Ranch Academy in Hurricane, Utah.

Rattlin’ D Playhouse produces 2 productions each year; a musical spoof for Christmas and a laugh out loud variety show in February. The Playhouse is unique in that a portion of the profits are placed in a “Young Performing Artist” scholarship fund for current and former students at Diamond Ranch Academy.

One of the comments: “Rattlin’ D Playhouse is a great supporter of local events and youth related activities. They are a great asset to our city and the entire Washington County area. We are fortunate to have their caliber of entertainment in Hurricane Valley and blessed to have them living and working here amongst us.

Get your tickets now for “My Funny Valentine” with performances starting Thursday, February 4th. Tickets are on sale now at: