Chamber bestows awards, celebrates successes

Posted:  Monday, June 13, 2016 - 7:45pm
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The Carousel Music Theater was the setting for a joyous evening of food, awards, reminiscing, announcements and, yes, music as the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards dinner there on Thursday, June 9.

Approximately 120 business owners and employees gathered in the barn-style building for the event. Chamber Executive Director Rick Prose and Chamber board president Lorna Weber conducted the presentations during the two-hour gathering. 

As the slide show of past members attending past Chamber events rolled on a screen set up on the theater’s stage, attendees enjoyed pre-dinner beverages and bid on numerous silent auction items donated by area businesses and individuals. Caterer Ralph Smith and his crew members were also busy putting the finishing touches on the grand buffet set up on tables along the south wall of the theater.

Following dinner, Prose, with help from Channel 7’s Jonne Trees, announced that the Chamber had a new mobile Apple app and Trees displayed and demonstrated the app on the stage screen. BRCTV’s new regional promotional video was also shown. Later in Prose’s announcements, videos recorded by Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, with both praising the Chamber’s successes and the region’s businesses, were played for the audience.

Weber presented gifts to former Chamber office members Cheri Scott and Michelle Davis. Former office worker Brooke Hubner was unable to attend due to a prior commitment.

The following Chamber awards, as announced recently, were presented by Prose and Weber: Business Improvement Award to Two Salty Dogs (accepted by owners Liana and Don Kingsbury); Community Service Award to the Boothbay Harbor Police Department (accepted by Chief Bob Hasch and Officer Larry Brown); Environmental Leader Award to Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences (accepted by employees Valerie Young and Tim Pinkham); Customer Service Award to Harbor Tech Solutions (accepted by owner Russell Brackett and joined on stage by employees Leisha MacDougall, Tom Dewey and Nick Mirabile); Community Improvement Award to the Community Center (accepted by Jane Good); and Volunteer of the Year Award to Kris Ward.

Four Carousel Music Theater singers then each sang a song and performed together on one song to conclude the event.