At the "Evening in the Caribbean Gala," the MACC honored chamber businesses and presented awards to volunteers for outstanding service and dedication.

The Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) celebrated its 47th anniversary Jan. 18 with the "Evening in the Caribbean Gala" at Middletown Memorial Hall.

A sold-out crowd of members and guests enjoyed networking and Caribbean-inspired music from C & C Sounds and American Pie DJ, along with fabulous food and libations from Golden Apple Catering.

At the gala, the MACC honored chamber businesses and bestowed annual awards to very deserving volunteers.

This year the Diamond State Financial Group was honored as Business of the Year.

Nick Vali was recognized with the prestigious Will Kirkwood President's Award.

MACC Foundation Vice President Sital Soni was honored with the Peg Ryan Service Award.

The Bill O'Neal Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Ceil DeFazio for her dedication to the MOT Senior Center and to the MOT community.

A fun-filled evening was had by all!

"For 47 years now, the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce has represented businesses and the communities across the Southern New Castle County area," said MACC President Patrick Carson. "Over the years it has grown to nearly 600 members. Driven by the dedication of its staff, ambassadors, Board of Directors, and local volunteers, the MACC continues to be an engine for economic development for Southern New Castle County. I feel honored and proud to be a part of the group of people that represents our chamber. Together we will continue to build our community and foster economic growth not only for ourselves, but for generations to come."

For more information on the MACC, see the website www.maccde.com.