DRIVE: Annual Dinner + Awards + Meeting

And the awards go to ...

ARUNDEL — The Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce awarded its annual honors on Thursday night at DRIVE: The Greatest Show annual dinner + awards + meeting. This year's recipients included:
 
Business of the Year Award: Maine Art Hill
Municipal Award: Werner Gilliam
President's Award: Linda Zuke
Volunteer of the Year Award: Teri Collard
Non-Profit Business Award: SMHC
Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award: Eva Barnfather
Special Recognition Award: German Lucarelli
 
The Chamber said good-bye to outgoing Board Chairperson Michelle Allen, while welcoming incoming President Becky Jacobs of Kennebunk Savings and new vice-chairperson Brad Church of Aging Excellence. New Chamber board members include Amanda Petersen and Melissa Freeman.
 
The night at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre began with carnival games and cocktails in the garden, live entertainment by pianist Bob Walsh and hooper Michelle Murphy, plus caricature artist Steve Hrehovcik and body painter Tami York. Food truck vendors Texas grace and JJ Frites prepared a carnival of food, and desserts featured delectable sweets from Arundel Ice Cream, the Kennebunk Inn, Mornings in Paris, Stripers Waterside Restaurant, Auntie's House, Alisson's, Arundel Ice Cream, Dairy Queen and the Nonantum. 
 
Blake Baldwin of Videos Creations created special videos of each award-winner, and Dani Connolly created custom event banners to decorate the beautiful theater, aglow with white lights and red-and-white striped carnival banners. Vinegar Hill Manager Sarah Dearing and her team oversaw the entire "production."
 
Event sponsors included Alisson's, Distinctive Tile and Cape Arundel Cottage Preserve, as well as Aging Excellence, Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks and Berkshire Hathaway. 
 
 

Business of the Year Award
This award recognizes a business which has made significant investments to support the region's economic growth, has set a new leadership standard for business innovation and quality, or has expanded employment opportunities through the establishment of a new business or business-expansion. Maine Art Hill
 
Volunteer of the Year Award
The Volunteer of the Year is an inspiring individual whose character and timeless commitment to the welfare of others and the betterment of the common good have gone above and beyond the "expected". This Chamber member has proven via extraordinary actions and deeds that excellence in volunteerism improves the lives of all and enhances vitality in each and/or all the communities the Chamber serves. Teri Collard
 
NonProfit Business Award
This award recognizes a non-profit organization which, through the efforts of staff and volunteers, has made a significant contribution in their domain, through fund raising, employing innovative business concepts to create a flourishing environment in which all businesses can grow. Southern Maine Health Care
 
President's Award
This award recognizes individual or group effort which, through professional or civic deeds, has made a significant contribution to the high quality of life we enjoy in our communities, or the enhancement of community or regional assets. This award recognizes accomplishment achieved through non-profit organizations, public sector activities or business efforts. Linda Zuke
 
Municipal Award
This award recognizes an individual/department who offers exemplary service and makes a different in the community in which he/she/they serve. Werner Gilliam

Outstanding Achievement Award
This award recognizes an individual or group for going above and beyond in contributing to the 3 towns, 1 community the Chamber serves. German Lucarelli

Joel Stevens Community Spirit Award: Eva Barnfather

 

And ther 2017 Award Winners were ...

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Sue Richardson
NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR: A Place to Start
MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Simone Boissonneault 
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Bentley’s Saloon
PRESIDENT’S AWARD: Old Vines War Bar
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Bev and Rick Litchfield
JOEL STEVENS COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD: Tom Bradbury