Employees working for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe spent their Friday afternoon participating in a number of activities with fellow associates during the Employee Appreciation Day on June 6. Many activities were available for the employees, including horseshoe tossing, bowling, Ute trivia, and the Strong Man/Strong Woman contest.
Vice Chairman Melvin J. Baker welcomes employees of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe to their day of appreciation Friday, June 6 during the invocation led by Chairman Clement J. Frost inside the Sky Ute Casino Event Center. The Chairmen expressed gratitude for the employees, thanking them for their hard work.
Tyson Thompson from construction services sings with Yellow Jacket during the opening invocation of Employee Appreciation Day.
Twila Chavez and Danielle Hight both watch in shock as their tower of cups come tumbling down. The two partnered up on the Minute To Win It challenge held during Employee Appreciation Day.
Stais Harlan, youth employee, throws his hands up in the air after being challenged to a dance off to determine the winner of the Crazy Sock Contest.
Claudette Casaus instructs Zumba dancers as employees of the tribe gather around to watch the movements.
Mike Guttmann plays a pair of congas in sync with the Zumba dance group.
Tara Vigil from the Southern Ute Indian Culture Department shows off her moves during an outdoor Zumba activity along with fellow associates of the Tribe.
Horseshoe throwers from the Permanent Fund and the Growth Fund competed for cash prizes ranging from $50-$100
R.C. Lucero, Animal Control, and Mark Hutson, Environmental Programs, watch as McKean Walton throws a shoe. Walton, Grounds Maintenance, and Dean Hudson, Housing Department, won the tournament.
And the winners of the horseshoe tourney are, left to right organizer of the tourney Robert L. Ortiz of the Southern Ute Drum, Terrance Whyte, Olin GoodTracks, and McKean Walton of Grounds Maintenance, Dean Hudson from Housing Department, Mark Hudson Growth Fund business development Mark Hutson Environmental Programs and John Youle from business development.
Rolling Thunder Lanes was a popular location among associates. Employees were given free rounds of bowling with many pitting up against each other for victory.
Mina Frances of Red Willow accounting department musters all of her strength during the Strong Man/Strong Woman contest. Participants tested their might in activities including tire rolling, fifty yard sprints, and water jug balancing. Chloe Seibel ranked 1st in the women’s category with Trae Seibel ranking 1st in the men’s.
Robert Jason DeWeese from Growth Fund Information Tech Group pushes the wheel with full force during the Strong Man/Strong Woman contest.
Amber Doughty flashes a smile as she pushes herself up along the rock-climbing wall inside the Sun Ute Community Center on Employee Appreciation Day.
Lisa Burch Frost, health services, speeds around the curve during the tricycle race held for Employee Appreciation Day, Friday, June 6 in the Sky Ute Casino Resort parking lot.
For dessert, employees were treated to an ice cream sundae bar; where employees got to pick from an array of flavors and toppings. Sky Ute Casino Resort employee, Velma Armijo hands Lovvis Downs-Glass, Wildlife Division, an ice cream sundae Friday, June 6 during Employee Appreciation Day.
Employees finished off their day of appreciation with tons of shared laughs and joyful memories.