The annual Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce Awards gala kicked off with flash and sparkles, as more than 100 members and guests donned outfits matching the Roaring 20’s theme. Women wore flapper dresses, sequins, pearls and feather boas, while men sported double-breasted pinstripe suits and fedoras. The evening was festive and celebratory as members packed the industrial, although intimate setting at Redeye headquarters in Hillsborough and posed for photographs against an art deco backdrop.
The event was catered by Joel Bohlin, owner of the Village Diner in West Hillsborough.
Chad Collins, owner of Collins Design-Build and Board President of the chamber, kicked off the ceremony with an introduction of Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Tesoro, who highlighted member accomplishments.
Ron Stutts of WCHL kept the the mood light and lively as Master of Ceremonies. WCHL was a presenting sponsor. He and Tom Stuckmeyer, of Platinum Sponsor Edward Jones, read off nominees for each category and announced the winners.
After the last award winner was called and the final trophy was collected, Jim Parker and the Hillacasters took the stage and rocked the crowd late into the evening.
The award winners are:
Helping Hand Award — Barry Hupp, Whit’s Frozen Custard
Commitment to Service Award — Vickie McDaniel, Interiors by Vickie McDaniel and Gates Management & Realty
Making the Difference Award — Christy Frye, Orange County Schools
Nonprofit of the Year — Habitat for
Humanity of Orange County
Trustee Member of the Year — UNC Hospital Hillsborough Campus
Foundation Member of the Year — Town of Hillsborough
Business of the Year — PHE
Small Business Person of the Year — Jeannie Petterson, Uniquitiques
Restaurant/Bar of the Year — Radius Pizzeria & Pub
Merchant of the Year — Volume Bar & Records
Agribusiness of the Year — The Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy
Best New Member Business — Carolina Hemp Hut
Ambassador of the Year — C. J. Grenier , CEI Digital Office
Outstanding Service to Chamber — Jeff Strickler
Outstanding Service Community — Mayor Tom Stevens