The Greene County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual awards dinner at Festival Hall in downtown Greensboro on Thursday, Sept. 23. This year’s theme was 'The Oscars.'
Arriving at Festival Hall, guests walked the red carpet, were interviewed by Kristin Grebel and her golden microphone and had their photos taken by paparazzi Leigh Lofgren with LouAnne Keller assisting. Guests were then escorted into Festival Hall’s foyer for cocktails and socializing.
Upon entering the dining room, attendees were delighted to find their tables beautifully decorated by volunteers Linda Preston, JoAnne King, Helene Perez and Sharon Smith.
Everyone enjoyed dinner music performed by The Clayton Street Jazz Band with Warren Weatherford on trumpet, Dan Jones on trombone, Chris Queen on the keyboard and Mark Turiano on drums.
Chamber President Mika Mills welcomed guests, and senior pastor Mark Jones of the First Baptist Church delivered the invocation prior to a wonderful dinner catered by Iron Fork Café.
Keynote Speaker Doug Keipper, Author of “MBA at 58” entertained the audience, and complimentary copies of his book were made available to guests.
The presentation of awards then followed with the ‘Oscars’ going to the following winners:
• Rookie of the Year - PJ’s Coffee, owners Terri & Charlie Sampey
• Heatbeat Award - Lake Oconee Eye Care, Drs. Perry and Susan Lee and Dr. John Titak
• Unsung Hero - Vickie and Lloyd Jenkins, Greene County Christmas Stocking Fund
• Innovation Award - Maggie Lane, owners Buddy and Sarah Nolan
• Mickey Channell Citizen of the Year Award - Sarah Peacock, Bank of Madison
The Chamber congratulates all of the winners.