(THE DALLES) – The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Distinguished Citizens awards banquet kicked off in style as it honored the “True Pioneers of our Time”. The banquet took place on Thursday, January 15th from 5:30pm-9:00pm at The Fort Dalles Readiness Center.
The Chamber’s 2015 Annual Banquet was held to honor both citizens and businesses of The Dalles area; welcome new members to the Chamber Board of Directors; and say farewell to the outgoing Chamber Board Members. The event was sold out and had an attendance of 256 people.
Distinguished Awards for 2014 were awarded as follows; Outstanding Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Fred Wendt. Mr.Wendt spent 30+ years as a teacher in our community and continues to reach out to kids through the Shriners Club as “Freddie the clown”. Our Community is indeed blessed to have such a fun loving guy.
Our Outstanding Youth Award was awarded to Andy Felderman. Andy can be found tutoring his fellow students as well as participating in ACTS as a youth leader. Through his community involvement and compassion for others, Andy is setting a great example for other kids in our community.
Our 2014 Business of the Year went to Discover Rentals. Matt Larsen and his crew can be seen all over town setting up and taking down equipment in preparation for any great event. With their continued community support and outstanding customer service this honor is well deserved!
John Shearer of Shearer Sprayers, Inc was awarded with our 2014 Outstanding Ag Achievement Award. Several local Cherry orchardists have stated that John saved the cherry industry by his response and ability to act quickly in controlling the Cherry Fruit Fly throughout the Mid-Columbia and preserving the visual appeal of our sweet cherries in the fresh market. The Ag Industry throughout the region is grateful for the many contributions and the positive impact made by John and his family.
2014 Woman of the Year was awarded to Tonya Brumley. Tonya’s commitment goes well beyond her job. She consistently gives 110% to every organization that she is a part of, many times going well above and beyond anything that is asked of her. With her dependability, attention to detail and true compassion for the community around her there is no one more deserving.
2014 Man of the Year is none other than, David Griffith. David has been an enthusiastic and generous giver of time and financial support. He has served and continues to serve on many boards and committees always being mindful of what is good for The Dalles.
The evening was catered by Cowboy’s Grill & Catering and live music was performed by Dianna Lysgaard and Mike Stillman. Entertainment included a Wagons Ho Auction complete with items from Cousin’s Country Inn, A Kidz Dental Zone, Casa El Mirador, Subway and Ernie’s Locks & Keys as well as many others. Through donations we were able to raffle off 29 gifts!
About The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Our diverse membership represents the entire community with members from business and industry, civic and non-profit organizations, social service agencies, education, government, home-based businesses and individuals. Nearly 500 members representing 2,000 individuals believe that Chamber membership is an important component to business growth, job development and a healthy economy.
The Chamber and its activities are managed by the President/CEO and a professional staff under the leadership of a 17 member Board of Directors. The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has been aiding the community since 1916.