Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce Community Awards


  • 38th Annual Community Awards Gala

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023. Location: Jack's Place at Chili Country Club. Registration Fee  TBD. Registration will soon be available.


    Nomination form submission deadline: Monday, August 7, 2023

    Click here for the Print Nomination Form

    Click here for the Online Nomination Form


  • Winners of the 2022 Community Gala Awards

    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.

                   2022 Winners:  Chili - Chili Fire Department Fire House

                                           Gates - Byrne Dairy

    Joseph Entress Memorial Award – Economic Development

    Recognizes an individual or organization for on-going improvement encouraging continued economic development in the area.

    2022Winner:  American Packaging


    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.

    2022 Winner:  Pure Imagination Café


    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.

    2022 Winner:  Adeane Giagios


    Outstanding Citizen

    Recognizes an individual located in or servicing the Gates and Chili area, who has contributed to the betterment of the community.

    2022 Winner:  Carolyn Clark-Showers


    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.
                2022 Winner:  Malena Juif


    Dream Big Award - Small Business of the Year Award

    This award embodies the Spirit of Innovation-they often start small but DREAMBIG.We applaud the example they set, and the enormous contribution they make to our area’s economy.

                2022 Winner:  Sweet Sammie Jane’s


    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.

                         2022 Winner: Anthony Moncada (Sacred Realm Tattoo)


    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.

                        2022 Winner: Chris Maurice


    Special Recognition Awards


    • Passero Associates for its 50-year anniversary.
    • Taylor Heating Inc. for its 75-year anniversary.
    • Town of Chili for its 200-year anniversary.
    • PICS Telecome for its 30-year anniversary
    • Gates Fire Explorers Post 272.
    • Kiwanis Club of Rochester Southwest.
    • Celebrating Bill Gillette


    The Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce Awards Committee is responsible for developing the press release calling for nominations, circulating the nominating forms throughout the community, collecting and tabulating all the nominations and presenting a voting ballot to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Upon the Board’s selection of winners, the committee then notifies the winners of their award by mail and a follow-up telephone call. The committee develops a press release announcing the winners and works in close concert with the Program Committee in the planning and preparation for the Annual Community Awards Gala and Banquet where the winners are publicly recognized for their accomplishments.