Cloud County Tourism Director Susie Haver Awarded the Cook Legacy Award

By Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Susie Haver, Cloud County Tourism director, received the 2017 Marian D. Cook Legacy Award on Thursday, February 8th at the Brown Grand Theatre in downtown Concordia. The award was presented prior to Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe's Cook Series event "The Nooks and Crannies of Kansas."

Haver is a driving force for the arts and humanities in North Central Kansas. Her passion for Concordia, Cloud County and Kansas has made her a fixture on the area arts and culture scene for decades.

She told KNCK News she's extremely honored to receive the Cook Legacy Award.

For a number of years, Haver was manager of the Brown Grand Theatre, working with booking agents, entertainment promoters, and local and regional artists. She also served as the Theatre's public relations and marketing director. She continues to be an active member of the Brown Grand Players community theatre group.

In addition, Haver was the lead singer of the acapella group "Susie and the LuWondas," who traveled the state promoting the sights and sounds of Kansas.

A long-timer supporter of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, Haver is also a charter member of the Kansas Explorers Club. Penner, Executive Director of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, and an author, speaker, promoter, and supporter of rural Kansas, told KNCK News Susie is a special person.

As director of Cloud County Tourism, Haver promotes the historical, artistic and cultural treasures in the area such as the Brown Grand, National Orphan Train Complex, the Whole Wall Brick Mural, Cloud County Historical Society Museum, Camp Concordia World War II POW Camp, and the abundance of stained glass in the county. She is also an expert tour guide for visitors from North Central Kansas, and all over the world.

Susie told KNCK News receiving the award on the same night Penner and Rowe presented as part of the college's Cook Series was the icing on the cake.

The Marian D. Cook Legacy Award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding achievement in supporting the arts, culture and education in the area. Past recipients include Peggy Doyen, Jack Kauffman, Don Lambert, Paul Rimovsky, Wonda Phillips and Susan Sutton.