Chamber Plans “10 of the Best” Awards Dinner


From: jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director

Under the direction of Chairperson Lorna Petchy (American Cancer Society), the Chamber of Commerce is hosting an awards dinner Thursday April 7, 2011 at the Shawnee Country Club from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Although the chamber has many volunteers and over three hundred wonderful members, the committee has decided to focus on “10 of the Best”, which is the theme for the awards dinner this year.

The CCGM hasn’t hosted an awards dinner for several years, and with the continued growth of the chamber and having so much success with recent chamber events, the Board of Directors thought it was time to recognize at least ten of the outstanding members and volunteers this year.

Following the “10 of the Best” theme Lorna contacted Miss Delaware Representatives immediately after Kayla Martell placed in the top-ten at the Miss America Pageant last month asking if Kayla was available to speak at the chamber dinner. Fortunately Kayla is available to act as guest speaker this spring, where she’ll share her life experiences, her insight about serving as Miss Delaware and her thoughts on reaching the top ten in the national pageant. Kayla will also be available to pose in photographs with attendees before and after the dinner.

Chamber Member Photographer C.M. Baker will be taking photographs and providing guests with a copy of their picture to take home with them. The ten awards that will be recognized this year are: The Presidents Award, Board Member of the Year, CCGM Event Chairperson of the Year, Chamber Adult and Youth Volunteer Awards, Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, New Member of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Information concerning the nomination criteria and selection process is being emailed to all CCGM Members, to be returned no later than Monday February 28, 2011.

If you are interested in gaining exposure for your business, while helping the chamber with expenses, there are several “10 of the Best” Awards Dinner sponsorships available ranging from Dinner Sponsor ($1,000.00) to Friend of the Chamber ($50.00). If you’re interested in reserving a table, sponsorships are available in this category as well. For $500.00 sponsors will receive six event tickets, a reserved table, their name listed in the event program and on the table, business name mentioned during the event and exposure on the chamber website and facebook. For information concerning sponsorships contact the chamber or Donna Stalvey with First Class Properties 233.1520.

The ticket cost of the “10 of the Best” Awards Dinner is $35.00 per person for chamber members and $40.00 per person if you are not currently a member of the CCGM.

For more about the awards dinner contact Lorna at 725. or the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford at 422.3344 or email