38th Annual Community Awards Gala
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 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.
Joseph Entress Memorial Award – Economic Development Recognizes an individual or organization for on-going improvement encouraging continued economic development in the area. 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. Culture and Arts Award Recognizes an individual or organization whose talents or patronage have strengthened the understanding, appreciation, and support of art and culture as an integral part of community life.
Outstanding Citizen Recognizes an individual located in or servicing the Gates and Chili area, who has contributed to the betterment of the community.
Youth Leadership Award Acknowledges a youth group or individual (21 years or under) who lives or works in the Gates and 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.
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. Young Professionals Award Acknowledges an emerging leader between the ages of 22 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. 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.
Special Recognition Awards Given to an individual or individuals in recognition for their contributions that make our community great.