94th Annual Greater Centralia Chamber Of Commerce Banquet
The 94th Annual Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held at the Centralia Elks Lodge on Thursday, March 15. The room was festively decorated in St. Patricks Day shamrocks and green.
The evening was a celebration of 2017 and the people who have made a great impact in our community. Recognitions were given to immediate past president of the chamber board Brad Haege of US Bank, retiring board member Craig Clark of Centralia City Schools, and Karen Piotrowski of Quad County Title Company. Ambassador of the year was awarded to John Denton of Peoples National Bank.
Major sponsors of 2017 Balloon Fest and the volunteers were recognized by chamber executive director Marcus Holland. DJ Justice of Chaney & Karch Insurance helped recognize Patty Williams for her service as immediate past chair of Balloon Fest. Patty has been on the executive committee for Balloon Fest for the past nine years.
Special recognitions were given to businesses who reached milestones in their company history including Kaskaskia Workshop Inc. for celebrating their 50th Anniversary, Centralia High School’s Holiday Tournament for celebrating their 75th Anniversary, Centralia Foundation for celebrating their 75th Anniversary, and Wham & Wham Lawyers for celebrating their 130th Anniversary.
Partners in Progress Awards were given to businesses who significantly invested into the community and made a positive impact in Centralia. McDonalds was recognized for the $1.2 million new building on the east side of Centralia. Shores Properties invested $1 million on 10 new duplexes and two new homes in 2017. Cedarhurst of Centralia Memory Care was also awarded a Partners in Progress for their $2 million investment.
The last award of the evening went to Patty Williams as the Shining Star of the Year. Patty is on the board of directors for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce, and is very involved in Balloon Fest. She also works directly with American Red Cross and gives her time and efforts to help local people who need assistance, and even traveled to Houston this last year to help displaced hurricane victims.