33rd Annual Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Dinner Gala
Nominations are open to the entire community. Submit your nomination today! Click on "Awards Nomination" at the top of this page.
Award Descriptions and Last Year's winners:
Beautification Awards –Town of Gates & Town of Chili (one each) Recognizes an individual or organization for new construction or restoration of existing facilities to enhance the area.
Sponsored by Jessica Millan
2017 Winners: Chili – Stonehedge Beef Farm Gates – Jim’s Ground
Joseph Entress Memorial Award – Economic Development
Recognizes an individual or organization for on-going improvement encouraging continued economic development in the area.
2017 Winner: Tryad Group, Rochester Tech Park
Innovative Business Award
Acknowledges an existing or recent addition to the business community which has stimulated economic growth and commerce, with regards to product demand and originality of the enterprise or product/service.
2017 Winner: Jenn’s Cookie Creation
Culture and Arts Award
Recognizes an individual or organization whose talents or patronage has strengthened the understanding, appreciation and support of art and culture as an integral part of community life.
2017 Winner: Chili Public Library
Recognizes an individual located in or servicing the Gates and Chili area, who has contributed to the betterment of the community.
2017 Winners: Chili – James Lechner Gates – Frank Allkofer
Dream Big Award - Small Business of the Year Award
This award embodies the Spirit of Innovation-they often start small but DREAM BIG. We applaud the example they set, and the enormous contribution they make to our area’s economy.
2017 Winner: Story of Hope
Youth Leadership Award
Acknowledges a youth group or individual (21 years or under) who lives or works in the Gates and/or Chili area who has provided leadership in a business or business association, community service to others and serves as a role model among their peers.
2017 Winner: Jakob Wiesmore
Young Professionals Award
This award honors an emerging leader between the ages of 24 and 36 who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, has a proven commitment to service by contributing time and energy to improving the quality of life of others in the community and serves as a role model both personally and professionally.
2017 Winner: Sam Camarata
Loretta Simmons Women’s Leadership Award
Named after the Chamber’s first president, this award honors women in leadership roles throughout the area who contribute to the betterment of the community.
2017 Winner: Loretta Simmons (In Memoriam)