Salem-Roanoke County Chamber Celebrates 81 Years!
On Friday, March 13, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce kicked off their Annual Dinner & Gala at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The evening began with a red carpet entrance where over 400 attendees enjoyed posing for The Roanoke Times Paparazzi and professional photographer, Robert Dementi.
Party on the Moon, the number 1 party band on the East Coast, entertained guests throughout the night with hits from the 80’s, classic rock, R&B, Elvis Presley and New Country. Guests danced the night away to the high energy, non-stop party band.
The program began with a welcome from Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, Caroline Goode.
While guests enjoyed a delicious plated dinner of grilled filet mignon and a trio of citrus marinated shrimp, awards were presented to the deserving recipients. The first award of the night, Roanoke County Educator of the Year, was presented to Dr. Stephanie Sebolt who has made a tremendous impact on many students by helping them learn the English Language. Next, the Salem City Educator of the Year was presented to Natalie Difusco-Funk who has inspired many students by providing a positive, student-centered learning environment.
Following, the Roanoke County Officer of the Year was awarded to Detective Duane Palmer who through undercover investigation was able to obtain evidence needed to remove dangerous individuals from our streets. Senior Animal Control Officer Chris Dillman was awarded Salem Officer of the Year for his ability to defuse threatening situations in any facet of police work.
The next award of the night, the Judy Griesenbrock award, Mava Wingate was honored for her dedication, vision, and willingness to give back to her community.
In addition, Judge Philip Trompeter was presented the Citizen of the Year award for his positive impact on the valley, especially where children are concerned. He founded support groups for families dealing with mental illness, and what’s now become Children’s Trust of the Roanoke Valley. In addition, he served Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Salem for thirty years as a judge.
Salem-Roanoke County Chamber Ambassador and owner of Minuteman Press, Bill Kyle received the Ambassador of the Year award for his exceptional volunteer work within the Chamber.
The program came to an end as the Chamber gavel was passed from 2014 President Sean Pressman, COO Kissito Healthcare, to the 2015 President, Adam Bruce, Director of Manufacturing Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia.
“Our Chamber’s objective is to create and promote a climate for business to be successful in the Salem and Roanoke areas. Our vision and mission is to make your business successful by providing tools, education, and networking events to help strengthen and grow your company. And, because we feel strongly about the support of education, each year, through the Chamber’s Foundation, we apply our proceeds to scholarship awards to Salem and Roanoke County students. This strategy is why we are focused to our core value of “Linking Business to the Community.” stated 2015 President Adam Bruce.
The night ended on a high note as Chamber members and the community danced and mingled until nearly midnight.
“I am very pleased with the support we’ve received from our community businesses. It is very heart-warming to see so many members and non-members in attendance to honor and recognize some of the exceptional people in our area.” stated Salem-Roanoke County Chamber’s Executive Director, Caroline Goode.
Thank you to our sponsors!