On May 7th, at the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau’s annual meeting, held at Rock God Brewing Co. in Danville (a Destination Blues music venue), The Exchange’s executive director, Oren B Helbok, received the Visitor’s Bureau’s Buddy Award.

Named for the first recipient, Buddy Knoebel of Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, the award goes annually to a Bureau member, business, or event who/which has emulated Buddy Knoebel’s characteristics as an advocate for the tourism industry in the two counties.

“I consider it an honor to receive an award named for someone in the Knoebel family,” Oren says. “Knoebels Amusement Resort epitomizes the very best of what this area has to offer, and it makes a lot of people happy year after year after year. The Exchange likewise works to make people happy through the sharing of art and music, and to help make this the region where we all want to live, work, and play.”

In the photo, by Fred Gaffney of the Columbia Montour Chamber, Oren appears next to CMVB executive director David Otto Kurecian, a former Exchange board member and frequent photographer of Listening Room concerts, who presented the award.

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