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Winners announced for Visit Lodi!’s tourism luncheon

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Posted: Saturday, April 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:17 am, Sat Apr 9, 2011.

A Lodi tourism group announced what individuals and businesses they will honor for bringing attention and visitors to the community. Van Ruiten Winery will be named "Winery of the Year" and citizens John Tudor and Carol Padden will be formally honored by Visit Lodi! Conference & Visitors Bureau for their contribution to Lodi's tourism at an awards presentation in early May.

The awards luncheon is an annual presentation hosted by Visit Lodi! In its fifth year, the event enables the group to offer gratitude to those who work to make Lodi a vacation destination for people across the state and beyond.

"It gives us a chance to celebrate the efforts we have made in the tourism industry during the year, as well as to honor those who have made a difference in bringing in visitors," said Nancy Beckman, president and CEO of the bureau.

The bureau's Lodi Tourism Advocate of the Year award will go to John Tudor of Umpqua Bank. Tudor is a fixture as a volunteer at wine events and Chamber of Commerce gatherings and is a strong advocate for Lodi, Beckman said.

"The recognition is well-deserved," she said.

Van Ruiten Winery will be honored as "Winery of Year" at the ceremony and Carol Padden will receive the inaugural "Host-at-Home" award for working to bring a Delta Sorority event to Lodi.

The awards ceremony will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 3 at Wine & Roses Spa and Resort.

Tickets for the event are $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made in advance at the bureau's office at 115 S. School St. Suite No. 9, or by calling the bureau at 365-1195.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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