“Reporting live from the Rammys red carpet in Rancho Mirage, this is Diana Dodge!” Oops! Forgive me. I was fantasizing again. Gorgeous and glam KESQ Channel 3 News morning anchor Bianca Rae actually did those honors when the Rammys—an event produced by the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce that hands out a host of prizes celebrating local businesses and business people—were held this year on the evening of January 30th, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., at presenting sponsor Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa’s performance venue The Show.

So while I wasn’t on camera, I was in the audience cheering on all the nominees. Just in case your face wasn’t in the crowd, too, I’m now here to let all of you dear readers know who the 2017 winners are.

Small Business of the Year is Classic Creations by Debbie Lee (www.betterthanfruit.com).

Medium Business of the Year is The Slice N.Y. Style Pizzeria & Ristorante (www.theslicepizza.com).

Large Business of the Year is Babe’s Bar-B- Que & Brewhouse (www.babesbbqandbrewhouse.com).

Non-Profit of the Year is The Braille Institute (www.brailleinstitute.org).

Rising Star is Norma’s Italian Kitchen (www.normasitaliankitchen.com).

Business Person of the year is Jim Murdock, store director of PIRCH (www.pirch.com).

And Distinguished Citizens of the Year are boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. and his wife, Monica.

I know all of us love to support every enterprise in Rancho Mirage, but when you walk into these establishments in the next few months, please be sure to congratulate them not only on their Rammy nomination but on their win!


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