Thank You! 2018 Annual Dinner Recap

 

Thank you again to all of the members, partners, businesses and volunteers who helped to make the 2018 Annual Dinner Banquet an outstanding success!  With over 230 members and partners in attendance, this event was one of the highest attended dinners to date.  Highlights of the evening included special announcements from our brand new event sponsor, Lake Tunnel Solar Village- a key project presented by SmallGrid, and the Member of the Year Award, which was presented to the Town of Geneva, as well as two all-new awards, the Chamber Champion Awards, which were presented to Dr. Stacey N. Pierce of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and to Chad Lahr of Community Proud Apparel and I Heart FLX clothing line.

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 Thank you to the Lake Tunnel Solar Village and SmallGrid for sponsoring this year’s event!
 

 

 
    
 
In addition, during the event Ryan Wallace and the SmallGrid team made a special announcement regarding the future of the Lake Tunnel Solar Village project and beyond: the company will be constructing a modular home factory as part of an effort to build more solar-powered communities in the New England region.
 
For more info on these special announcements and the Annual Dinner, check out the articles from our area media partners:
 
 
Special thanks to our host property, Club 86 for another lovely evening and meal, and thanks again to our Chamber photographer Dan Bell, for the wonderful photos!
 
{Click on the images below to see more of what was included in our featured event presentation and slide show!} 
Thank you to our event Networking Sponsors:
Big Oak Golf Course, F.G. Rayburn Mason Contractors, and Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union.
Big Oak Golf Course
F.G. Rayburn Mason Contractors
Back by popular demand, the Annual Dinner featured the return of the #ShopLocal! Silent Auction and the #LoveLocal! Live Auction!
 
Special thanks once again to our friend Mike Rusinko of Lyons National Bank, for wowing our audience with more interactive entertainment as our #LoveLocal!    Live Auction Guest Auctioneer!
Thank you to our Featured Wine Partners for the evening- Fox Run Vineyards and Knapp Winery!
Pictured above: the Knapp Winery team!
 
As a new award this year, the Chamber gave out two honors- the Chamber Champion Awards. These were presented to Dr. Stacey N. Pierce of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and to Chad Lahr of Community Proud Apparel and I Heart FLX clothing line.
In recent years, both Chad and Stacey have become actively involved in supporting the Chamber by advocating for the benefits of membership to area businesses, and consistently participating in Chamber programs, committees, and special events.
Thank you Chad and Stacey, we appreciate you both! 
 
Chamber Champions gather with GACoC staff and board members at the 2018 Annual Dinner.
Pictured above from left: front row- Chamber Champions Dr. Stacey Pierce of HWS and Chad Lahr of Community Proud Apparel;       Miranda Odell, GACoC Executive Director; Mark Varvayanis of Lakeview Geneva LLC and incoming GACoC Board Chairman. 
Back row- Abby Wandell, Chamber Programs and Event Coordinator; Tanya Taylor of Petrella Phillips and GACoC Board Treasurer;        Charlie Bartishevich of Finger Lakes Partners Insurance and GACoC Vice Chairman; and Josh Miller of Lyons National Bank, past Chairman of the GACoC.
The Chamber also presented the Town of Geneva with the Member of the Year Award, honoring the many achievements and accomplishments that have taken place over the last year, in addition to ongoing business developments and continued growth initiatives planned for the future.
Town Supervisor Mark Venuti accepted the award on behalf of the Town.
Representatives from the Town of Geneva gather with Chamber staff and board members at the 2018 Annual Dinner.
Pictured above from left: front row- Kim Aliperti of Billsboro Winery & Town Board Member; Town Supervisor Mark Venuti; Abby Wandell of the GACoC.  Back row- Mark Palmieri of the Geneva BID & Town Board Member; Bob McCarthy of the Town Board; Mitchell Wilbur of Helena Chemical Company & Town Agricultural Enhancement Committee; Miranda Odell of the GACoC; and Josh Miller of Lyons National Bank.
Thank You, to our Ambassadors & Event Volunteers!
    

 

 

 

Want to see more photos from the event?  Head over to the Chamber’s Facebook page (@GenevaAreaChamber)!

 

*Please see the links below for additional press releases regarding the 2018 Annual Dinner.*

2018 GACoC Annual Dinner Sponsor & Award Recipient Announcement

2018 GACoC Annual Dinner Location Announcement