Oh, what a night! Congratulations go out to the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC), which held its annual “Celebrating Excellence in Business” awards gala on Nov. 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn off S.R. 54 near the Suncoast Pkwy.
The event had an even bigger buzz than usual and the well-dressed crowd of 180 people certainly enjoyed the food, beverages and festivities for the evening.
Bob Thompson of Thompson Brand Images was again the emcee for the evening, which again included awards for Small & Large Business of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
New awards this year included the New Business of the Year, the Dorothy Mitchell Lifetime Achievement award and a Community Hero award.
The Volunteer of the Year was Chamber Ambassador Cindy Ross of RP&G Printing and Cindy and her husband, Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon president Kent Ross, also won the Small Business honors.
The New Business winner was James Serrano of Pinot’s Palette.
This year’s Business Leader award winner was Denyse Bales-Chubb, the CEO of FHWC. (Note: We incorrectly reported this in the most recent issues of the Neighborhood News. Our apologies.).
The Large Business of the Year was Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey.
Long-time West Pasco volunteer Bob Memoli won the award named for the late former 20-year Pasco County School Board member Dorothy Mitchell, whose family’s ranch land would become the Trinity area of New Port Richey.
Both the Large Business and Mitchell award winners were nods to the WCCC’s 2017 merger with/asset acquisition of the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce, which has been serving West Pasco.
The community hero award went to Pasco County District 2 Commissioner and Wesley Chapel resident Mike Moore for his herculean efforts to help local residents following Hurricane Irma.
Again, it was a truly amazing night. Can’t wait until next year! — GN; photos by Stephen John Photography (see ad on pg. 46)