Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce awards nominations closed

Nominations have now closed and final preparations for the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 38th annual awards gala are well underway.

Nominations have now closed and final preparations for the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 38th annual awards gala are well underway.

The event will be held Jan. 28 at the Florence Filberg Centre. While the theme of this year’s formal celebration may be Hats off to Leadership, Chamber staff say the community should take their hats off to salute local business sponsors, too.

“Our awards night has now become one of the premier events in the Comox Valley and, thanks to the extraordinary support of the business community, it gets better and better every year,” says Chamber president and CEO Dianne Hawkins. “Without this generous sponsorship the Chamber could not stage an event of this calibre.”

The platinum sponsor is 97.3 the Eagle Radio. The Kingfisher Resort and Spa has sponsored the champagne reception.

Resort general manager Sean Williams will pop corks and fill champagne flutes while Chamber board members mingle as they serve appetizers courtesy of the Flying Canoe West Coast Pub. Gordon Ross Photography has volunteered to capture ‘Kodak moments’ and take pictures of award recipients.

A highlight of the evening will be a video compilation of interviews with previous award recipients reminiscing on how it feels to be recognized by their community, generously sponsored by West Coast Home Theatres.

“In addition to having several businesses sponsor the reception and presentations, other local businesses have demonstrated their commitment to community by sponsoring the individual awards,” explains Hawkins.

The 2011 award sponsors are:

• Canadian Tire: Citizen of the Year;

• MNP LLP: Agricultural Business;

• St. John Ambulance: Local Hero Award;

• Comox Strathcona Waste Management: Recycling Recognition;

• Thrifty Foods: Business of the Year;

• BC Hydro Power Smart: Environmental Initiative;

• Presley & Partners: New Business of the Year;

• Vancouver Island InsuranceCentres: Heritage Recognition;

• Glacierview Financial Services: Small Business of the Year;

• Coastal Community Credit Union: Customer Service

“We are thrilled with the current list of sponsors, however, we would like local businesses to know that there are still two award categories open for sponsorship,” adds the Chamber’s event co-ordinator Corae Bracken. “We are seeking sponsors for the Professional Merit Award and the George Muir Memorial President’s Award.

“Sponsorship is a great way to get your name in front of the public and receive more than four times the value of your contribution in advertising and promotions. Anyone interested in sponsoring these awards, or contributing to the event in any way, may contact me at 250-334-3234.”

Tickets to the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 38th annual awards gala are $75 per person and include the champagne reception and gourmet four-course meal, as well as all of the evening’s festivities and door prizes.

CBC’s Tony Parsons will MC the event and conduct live and silent auctions where 50 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to his charity of choice — the Comox Valley Food Bank.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce at 250-334-3234 or visit www.comoxvalleychamber.com.

— Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce