Businesses of the Year

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Williston Chamber honors its own

By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

By Dylan Robertson

Contributing Writer

Williston businesses were in the spotlight last Saturday when the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership banquet and installation of officers.

 With a certain je ne sais quoi, local business leaders and their guests were immersed in the Parisian culture without the hassle of booking their accommodations or losing luggage.

The evening began with French cuisine provided by The Gathering Table of Chiefland, which included Chicken Cordon Bleu, Julienne Potatoes, French-style green beans and an array of French pastries. Mandy Fugate served as the evening's songstress and occasional emcee.

The Honorable Judge James “Tim” Browning installed Marc Pompeo of Harriet Downs Real Estate as the Chamber's 2018 president, Kim McLane as vice president, Paul Jones as treasurer, and Lon Sullivan as secretary.

The 2018 Chamber Board of Directors include Crystal Watson Curl, Bob Walker, Mary Martha Hartley and Michael L. Langston.

The Parisian affair also offered special recognition awards to those that have served the Williston Chamber of Commerce in its entirety.

Photographers Micah Gallagher, Amanda Havard and Melissa Lewis were recognized for their work on the new Williston map. Prints of the photos were displayed and later sold to guests.

The Volunteer of the Year award went to Karen Otero for her hard work and dedication to Chamber related activities and events.

The President's Director of the Year Award was given to Marc Pompeo for going above and beyond his scope as a director.

New Business of the Year was awarded to Red, White and Blues Farm and Business of the Year was presented to Babione's Air Conditioning and Heating.

Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert made remarks on behalf of the Veterans Memorial Park, a project the Chamber works on with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to honor our veterans and members of the armed services.

Door prizes and a silent auction were conducted toward the end of the evening, including a classic 50/50 ticket raffle drawing.

The 50/50 ticket raffle winner was Larry King, who graciously gifted his winnings back to the Veterans Memorial Fund.