Community Update – July 13, 2017

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECOGNIZES ITS BEST & BRIGHTEST STARS
Community Update – July 13, 2017
A Message from Curt Watts, Economic Development Director

The City of Cathedral City works closely with the local Chamber of Commerce to promote and encourage continued success among members of the Cathedral City business and civic service community.  It’s especially fitting, therefore, that each year the City’s best & brightest “stars”, and those who support their continued success, are recognized at the Chamber’s annual Orion Awards.  This year’s event was held on Friday, June 23rd at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Hotel at Vista Chino & Landau.  The overall Presenting Sponsor of the event was Jessup Auto Plaza.

The festive evening event began with a cocktail reception and silent auction bidding by attendees on amazing offerings donated by area businesses and organizations.  The signature presentation of the Orion Awards, which recognize outstanding performance and accomplishments in nine different categories, was masterfully led by Emcee Wesley Eure whose career credits include being an actor, singer, author, producer, director, charity fundraiser and lecturer

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Orion Award winners and nominees in each category:

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – JULIE FRAZIER
Award Sponsor: New Leaf CateringOther Nominees: Debbie Craig, Gillian Cross and Loretta Nelson

CITY OFFICIAL/STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR – CHRIS PARMAN
Award Sponsor:  Southern California EdisonOther Nominees: Rhonda Guillaume, Leisa Lukes, Charlie McClendon, Pat Milos and Judy Williams

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR – WINE and DINE at SAMMY’S PLACE
Award Sponsor: Winslow Drake Investment ManagementOther Nominees: AJ’s on the Green, El Portal, Frankie’s Italian Bakery, Tony’s Burgers and Zobo & Meester’s

NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR – BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF CATHEDRAL CITY
Award Sponsor: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla IndiansOther Nominees: Cathedral City Historical Society, Cathedral City Rotary Clubs, Desert AIDS Project and Guide Dogs of the Desert

INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR – LA MICHOACANA ICE CREAM PARLOR
Award Sponsor: The David Rohr Floral StudioOther Nominees: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Atomic Budz, CV Repertory Theater, RELEAF Cathedral City and Winslow Drake

WOMAN OF THE YEAR – LESA BODNAR
Award Sponsor: Palm Springs MotorsOther Nominees: Susana Avalos, Julie Frazier, Loretta Nelson and Kara Robinson

MAN OF THE YEAR – TODD HOOKS
Award Sponsor: Jessup Auto PlazaOther Nominees: David Bermudez, Cary Boisvert, Rocky DiLucchio, Thomas Hengy and Terry Nelson

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – THE DAVID ROHR FLORAL STUDIO
Award Sponsor: The Desert SunOther Nominees: Body Concierge, Cathedral City Revivals, NAI Consulting, Team Art, Terry & Kara, Winslow Drake

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL GOLF RESORT
Award Sponsor: Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral CityOther Nominees: Davies Auto Care, Frazier Pest Control, La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor, Quick Quack Car Wash and Rocky’s Pawn Shop

SPECIAL THANKS to the many volunteers involved in making this event a stellar success!

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