Elegantly dressed business men and women attended the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce Anniversary Gala Dinner on Friday.
This year’s event was held at the Middletown Fire Hall. Originally scheduled for Jan. 22, the gala was postponed a week due to Winter Storm Jonas.
Five major awards were given to the select nominees including, the 2015 Business, Citizen, Board Member, and Ambassador of the Year awards.
MACC’s new president Nicole Monroe-Cole along with executive director Roxane Ferguson and board president Sital Soni led the evening ceremonies.
“The event wowed a lot of guests and we enjoyed surprising so many people that evening. It’s always an event that I look forward to every year, especially since we recognize those who make such an impact in our community,” Ferguson said.
Business of the Year
Simple Solutions General Contracting won the chamber’s 2015 Business of the Year Award. President Pete Ramos and Brian Sorg, senior project manager, accepted the award.
The Townsend-based company held its ribbon-cutting last summer. The business specializes in all phases of home improvements, from kitchen and bath remodeling, to finished basements and exteriors.
Simple Solutions is also the official contractor for the remodeling project at the MACC Business Incubator.
Citizen of the Year
Debbie Whittington was the recipient of the chamber’s 2015 Citizen of the Year Award.
The award recognized outstanding stewardship to the MOT Community and was named after past MACC President Bill O’Neal.
Named after the first president of the chamber, Will Kirkwood, the President’s Award this year went to Tony Martina, co-owner of the Tender Loving Kare child care centers.
The President’s Award recognizes an outstanding board member. Martina has served as MACC Chairman in 2015. Sital Soni has now assumed that role for 2016.
Ambassador of the Year
Michelle Delle Donne received the 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award.
The Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding ambassador of the MACC.
Get Connected Service Awards
There also other awards recognizing the work and service to the chamber and its members.
The First Ladies of the Chamber Awards went to the wives of former MACC presidents. Recipients were: Charlotte Kirkwood, Cheryl Buckworth, Millie O’Neal and Cassie Martina.
The award represented over four decades of support and service.
Two volunteers recognized at the gala, Kerry Ryan Wilson and Kristy Ryan Womax.
Frank Montisano, the president of Excel Business Systems, received the award for Outstanding Service & Dedication.
And finally, MACC’s Office Manager and Ferguson’s right-hand woman, Peg Ryan, received the Decade of Service Award.