10 years ago

Amarillo Civic Center Grand Ballroom was the setting for the 32nd Golden Nail Awards. The purpose of the Golden Nail Awards is to honor individuals, businesses and foundations that have made financial or in-kind contributions or volunteered for the fine arts in Amarillo and the surrounding area.

Over 475 individuals, businesses and foundations from Amarillo and the surrounding area were nominated this year. The Golden Nail Awards categories include the Individual, Business, Foundation, the Distinguished Volunteer, and the Up and Coming Distinguished Volunteer. The Summit Award is presented to an individual for lifelong support of the arts, and Golden Touch awards are also presented for new or innovative ideas, events, or activities.

The Carson County Square House Museum was honored to receive two Golden Nail Awards. The first award was the foundation award and was presented to the Weatherly Charitable Lead Trust. Robert C. Vincent of Amarillo, accompanied by his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Vincent of Des Moines, N.M., accepted the award on behalf of the foundation. The Weatherly family has been valuable supporters of the Square House Museum for many years. One of the Museum’s favorite exhibits is the dugout which was crafted after the Weatherly family dugout in Borger.

The second Golden Nail Award for Up and Coming Distinguished Volunteer winner was Chea Thiem and family. Chea volunteers each Friday and her children, Cameron, Jr. and Cayli, come to volunteer each Thursday after school. Her husband, Cameron, Sr., volunteers as needed to help with grounds maintenance problems and to help with exhibits. The Thiem family has lived in Panhandle for eight years coming from the Fort Worth area. Cameron works for Valero Energy and Cameron, Jr. is a sixth grader at Panhandle Junior High and Cayli is a fifth grader at Panhandle Elementary School.

The Square House Museum is very proud of these award winners!