Chamber celebrates 99th anniversary at awards banquet

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CAROLYN DRYER, Editor

Photos by Carolyn Dryer
Valley professional and college sports mascots showed up en masse to entertain attendees at the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s 99th anniversary and awards banquet.

Gail Allan of Bookkeeper Gail holds her Peoria Chamber of Commerce 2018 Member of the Year award.

Sports mascots excited the crowd attending the 99th anniversary and awards banquet June 27 at Palmbrook Country Club. The evening began with a getting-to-know-you cocktail hour mixed with sports-themed hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings. A silent auction and a raffle ended the festivities. In between, several business owners and chamber volunteers were recognized for their contributions this past year.
Two high school JROTC students received $2,000 scholarships each: Maryssa Cooke from Cactus and Astir Mekhil from Peoria.
Chamber CEO Guy Erickson presented Peoria Unified School District Chief Instructional Officer Steve Savoy with a $2,000 check for the district’s MET (Medical, Engineering and Technology) Professional Academy, a “profession-based learning environment where instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaborations with business and college partners.”
Dawn Prince, administrative assistant to Peoria City Manager Jeff Tyne, presented the city manager’s award to Aviage, an avionics subsidiary of GE and Aviation Corp. of China. Douglas Hill accepted the award on behalf of Aviage, which produces aerospace software, product development and avionics computing systems. Aviage was one of the first high-tech companies to locate in Peoria. Hill, who hails from Scotland, has been in Peoria 18 months, and said he was impressed with the enthusiasm of the city.
Mayor Cathy Carlat was unable to attend, but presented a videotape to honor Partners in Recovery with the Mayor’s Award. Vice Mayor Mike Finn presented the award to Partners in Recovery CEO Stacy Garner.
Leeanne Gardner presented the Community Volunteer of the Year award to Jeremiah and Oeena Gracia of Revolu Modern Taqueria restaurant and bar, citing its support for veterans and family members and its donation of 200 breakfast and lunch bags for children.
Stacey Graham presented the Business of the Year award to Liberty GM, and Rita Hillison of Liberty Buick (across the street from Liberty GM) accepted on behalf of the absent manager of the business.
The Nonprofit of the Year award went to Soldier’s Best Friend, which did not have a representative present at the dinner.
Chamber Member of the Year honors went to Gail Allan, owner of Bookkeeper Gail, who makes every attempt to be present at ribbon-cuttings and networking events.
The final presentation was made by Peoria Chamber Board Member Bobbi Magdaleno and CEO Guy Erickson to outgoing Peoria Chamber Board Chairman Charlene Bisson for her dedication to the chamber.

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