The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated local business and community achievements in 2018 with a festive "Cheers to Seventy Years" themed celebration at the Fireman’s Sports Arena on Saturday, Dec. 29.
The Chamber presented its year-end awards to open the evening.
Executive Director Joy Stump opened the ceremony by presenting the Citizen of the Year Award to Kerby Moore, of Edward Jones.
Toby Towler, member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, was named Member of the Year.
Chris Brochon, chairman of the board continued the program with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s recipient was Pat Payne of The Heart of Virginia Free Clinic. As a small token of gratitude, Joy Stump presented Payne with a donation to The Heart of Virginia Free Clinic on behalf of the Chamber.
In addition to individual awards, the Chamber presented four local business awards. The annual Looking Our Best Award went to Walk to Campus Properties for the High Bridge Lofts, New Business of the Year Award was presented to One19, Rochette's Florist was named Business of the Year, and Non-Profit of the Year, went to the Southside Family YMCA.
Farmville businesses, represented by individual tables in the arena, were recognized with awards for the best table decorations. One19 was given the first place award, Helton House was second and Hotel Weyanoke won third.
Following the award presentation, members and guests enjoyed dancing with En ‘Novation, light hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.
Since 1948, the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce has strived to improve the lives of those living and doing business in the community. Alongside its members, the Chamber provides educational initiatives, promotes tourism, serves as an advocate for local businesses, and seeks opportunities to aid a diverse and growing population.