It was a night full of achievements
It was the night many area businesses look forward to every year. It was a night to honor individuals from the community who had given so much and accepted so little. The Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Awards Night boasted a huge turnout of members at the Isle of Capri Ballroom Tuesday night.
KWRT's Dane Gregg hosted the event while members enjoyed dinner and music performed live by 'Just the Five of Us' from Columbia. The music featured an array of songs and audience participation.
Once the dinner portion was over, Gregg introduced the speakers. Incoming Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce President Allen Waldo, encouraged attendees to think about what Boonville offers before going somewhere else. He listed a wide range of services provided by the town.
As Waldo begins his leadership position, he wants to increase members within the chamber family.
“I think one of the goals that must always be strived for is to increase membership. A chamber of commerce is only as strong as its membership. Kim Alberts and Cathy Rodr both seem extremely dedicated to the daily work of the chamber and to meeting the needs of the membership. They will continue to be the “go to” people on a day-to-day basis. I think that continually looking for opportunities to promote Boonville’s economy has got to be one of the key components. As I stated last night, whenever possible remaining local for services, products, entertainment, etc, is one of the best ways to keep our local economy and thus jobs strong. Truly you can find most items you will need from A to Z in our local area. I am looking forward to working with the board, the staff, and the local community,” Waldo said.
The new board members were inducted, which was followed by the awards ceremony.
Boonville resident Bill Lang humbly accepted the Pat Jackson Distinguished Service Award. Waldo presented the award to Lang after saying some brief words of his service to the Boonville community. Lang said he was totally surprised, but knew something was not right when his wife Claire ironed a white shirt for him.
The New Partner Award was given to the Phoenix Public House and Eatery because of their investment in the Boonville community.
The National Recognition To The Boonslick Region award was given to Stanley Thomas and the late Pam Davis for the care they have given towards the community and for preserving the history of downtown. Thomas said Davis and he both believe the Katy Bridge is a huge asset to the community and once it is completed, the benefits will be great.
The Special Recognition award was given to Dane Gregg for his remarkable community commitment. Gregg was very surprised as he fought back tears with a joke.
“What do you call a large psychic? A four-chin-teller," Gregg said.
The Business of the Year award was given to Imhoff’s Hometown Appliance for their continuing expansions in the Boonville area. Both Russell and Cheryl Imhoff accepted the award.
The 2013 President’s Award was awarded to the Boonslick Community Prayer Breakfast for encouraging prayer and goodwill. Boonville resident David Wrenn accepted the award and briefly discussed the humble beginnings of the breakfast at the Boonslick Senior Center in the early 1990s.
Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Alberts said the event went very well.
The Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet is a wonderful event to host for our members. We use this event to show our appreciation to our members and community. The Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have so many caring individuals involved with our chamber,” Alberts said.
“I thought last night was a great event. The award recipients were all deserving and many of the awards presented were emotionally touching. From my vantage point, it seemed like people were genuinely enjoying themselves and I felt the band did a nice job too. The casino and their staff were great hosts for us also,” Waldo said.
“It's always an honor be be master of ceremonies. I love being involved and seeing all the chamber members and businesses that work so hard to make Boonville a success. I want to shout it from the rooftops that they are the reason why Boonville is the way it is. This is the most amazing town and the people are who are involved who constantly give, give and give are the ones who make it great,” Gregg said.