Half the recipients of awards Saturday night had something in common.
When the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce presented the 11th annual Community Awards, three plaques went to one table: Maricopa Historical Society. The group itself was named Nonprofit of the Year. Its president, Paul Shirk, received the Renate Chamberlin Volunteer of the Year award.
Chamberlin herself was seated at the MHS table and received a standing ovation for her years of service.
Brenda Campbell, a city employee who also runs a Lularoe business, was named the Sonny Dunn Citizen of the Year, receiving the award from several members of the Dunn family. Campbell is also on the board of the historical society. Nominated with her were former mayor and board member of several organizations Kelly Anderson and Jason Crandell of CVS Pharmacy.
“Wow, what a night! To be honored by our peers in the Chamber means a lot to us as individuals and as a group,” Shirk said. “It helps inspire and energize us to move forward with plans for an even better 2018.”
Other nominees for Nonprofit of the Year were the American Legion Auxiliary and Copa Shorts Film Festival. Also nominated as Volunteer of the Year was Terry Sperry.
InMaricopa.com received the “Waz” Business of the Year, an award presented to publisher Scott Bartle by Patti Wasowicz and the Maricopa Real Estate Company.
“We are very proud to be awarded business of the year by the Maricopa Chamber. We joined the chamber 15 years ago and have been working tirelessly to serve our community since,” Bartle said. “Our journalists are passionate about informing Maricopans, and our advertising team is equally passionate about helping local businesses succeed. It’s awesome for them to be recognized by our fellow chamber members with this prestigious award.”
Also nominated for the Waz award were Global Water and 911 Air Repair.
Impressive Imaging was named Small Business of the Year, presented to owner Robert Kistler by Adam Saks, general manager of UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. Saks, stepping down from the chamber board, was also recognized for his service to the chamber.
Others nominated for small business of the year were Alternative Heating & Air and Stormin’ Norman Termite & Pest Control.
Steve Durkee received the new Chairman’s Award from Chamber Chairman Chris Cahall.
The event was hosted by Chamber Director Terri Crain at Elements Event Center with Will Dunn as emcee.