The Washington County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a night under the stars at Majestic Oaks in Vernon for its 55th annual awards banquet March 16.
Everyone was dressed to impress at the semi-formal event featuring a silent auction mixer, dinner, keynote speaker and awards ceremony in which the Chamberâ€™s biggest honors were given to those who have made a special impact on the local business community.
Executive Director Mike Maxwell introduced the nightâ€™s keynote speaker, Dr. Jerry D. Parrish, Chief Economist and Director of State and Local Policy Analysis at the Institute of Government Florida State University. Parrish delivered an overview of Floridaâ€™s changing economy and how Washington County is poised to grow along with it.
Chamber President Cindy Birge presented the nightâ€™s highly anticipated awards. The Chamberâ€™s Large Business of the Year award accepted by External Affairs Manager Tracy Andrews went to Florida Power and Light (FPL).
The Small Business of the Year award accepted by Pastor David Woods went to Yes Lord Deliverance Church Food Ministry.Â
Sandhills Santa Rex Ray was named as the Chamber Member of the Year, and Tiffany Hitchcock was named the Chamber Ambassador of the Year.Â
Washington County youth also contributed to the special night. Chipley High School Culinary served up a delicious prime rib dinner and dessert to guests, and the Vernon High School JROTC posted the colors.
The Washington County Chamber of Commerce would like to express a special thanks to all of the event attendees and sponsors.
Washington County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Sponsors
Title Sponsor – Florida Power & Light
Dinner Sponsor – Northwest Florida Community Hospital
Supporting Sponsors – Elite Realty and Innovations Financial Credit Union
Design Sponsor – Blossoms
Bar Sponsor – Ebro Card Casino & Racebook
Auction Reception Sponsor – Therapy World of Northwest Florida
Venue Sponsor – The Majestic Oaks
Table Sponsors – Community South Credit Union, Kings Discount Drug, West Florida Electric, First Federal Bank, DHM Melvin Engineering, Chipley Gun and Pawn, RCC Rivertown Community Church, Allen & Company, Moffatt & Nichol, Washington County Tobacco Free Partnership, Washington County, Beachy Beach Real Estate & Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity and Metric Engineering
The Chamber also thanks the many silent auction sponsors.Â