Hundreds attend recognition dinner to honor local businesses
■ Chronicle News Service
Hundreds of local business people and community leaders turned out to celebrate the accomplishments of distinguished honorees at the Annual Awards Gala hosted by the Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce June 29 at the Lodge at Four Seasons.
The 17th annual event recognized nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in an Academy Awards-style event. The gala included a red carpet, sparkly awards, elegant attire, and entertainment.
The 2018 Annual Award Gala recipients were the following:
• Nonprofit of the Year – Historic Hemet Theatre
• New Business of the Year – Les Schwab Tire
• Business Beautification – El Patron Mexican Grill
• Woman of the Year – Claudette Anderson, Bank of America
• Man of the Year – Leonard Purvis, Riverside County Sheriff Dept.
• Restaurant of the Year – El Patron Mexican Grill
• Small Business of the Year – Harvard Street Bakery
• Large Business of the Year – Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
• Customer Service – The Bank of Hemet
In addition to the awards, Riverside County Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington presided over the installation of the 2018-2019 Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The 15 board members recited their oath committing to another successful year for the Chamber of Commerce. Outgoing Chairperson Dee Cozart of Cozart Management.
The entertainment for the evening included Tetro Magic, a magician that has performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood as well as on last season’s popular television show, “America’s Got Talent.” Chamber board member Dr. Roberto Guadamuz of Guadamuz Chiropractic, was selected to join the magician on stage for one of Tetro’s mentalist card tricks.
Gala organizer and Woman of the Year recipient, Claudette Anderson expressed her appreciation for the event, saying. “As chairperson for the event, it is a great pleasure to put on an event which recognizes the accomplishments of businesses and individuals focused doing great things in the San Jacinto Valley. Thank you to the many volunteers and sponsors that support the gala as well.”
The Hemet San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce has been connecting business with opportunity since 1920. The organization currently maintains approximately 500 members, a Visitors Tourism Center, and an active calendar of events. For more information, call the Chamber office at (951) 658-3211 or visit www.hemetsanjacintochamber.com