Upwards of 260 people attended the annual Chowchilla District Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Dinner on January 20th, 2018. The evening included a welcome message from Executive Director, Stacy Wisener who stated “we are there in celebration of ten very deserving individuals. As it is said, it takes a village, and nothing rings more true to the community of Chowchilla.” The reoccurring theme of the night was how much the people loved Chowchilla. It was a welcoming message to hear and shared with all those attending the event.
Adam Shasky Catering provided a delicious Prime Rib dinner, and the Chowchilla 4-H Club did an excellent job serving. Four new Chamber Board Directors were sworn in by Chief Dave Riviere as well as the 2018 Chamber Board officers. A special program was delivered by two members of the CUHS Speech team as they recited the history of Chowchilla, as well as individuals from Chowchilla who have made significant achievements. The speech was put together by Chamber President Donna Faria with the collaboration of outside sources.
Of the ten award winners, "The Heart of Chowchilla Award" was presented to the family of the late Larry Pistoresi Sr. Larry served on the Chamber Board and many other boards in the community for several years. The Chowchilla Chamber partnered with Steves Chevrolet to reveal a memorial bench that will be placed in his honor.
Overall it was a successful event that properly honored great people who truly deserved the recognition. The entire City Council was in attendance as well as many dignitaries or their representatives. The Chamber committee was thanked by the Executive Director noting Director Kevin Bernstein as the Committee Chairperson for this event. The evening was captured elegantly by photographer Mary Diaz.
Special Thanks to:
The Chowchilla Chamber Event Committee, Chowchilla 4-H, Chief Dave Riviere, Brent Rose, Carly Whatley, CUHS Speech Team, Mr. Turner, Adam Shasky, Justin White, Jeff Alford, The Shirt Shak, The Paw Spa, Mario's Traditional Mexican Food, Deli Delicious, The Final Round, Corsaros Family Pizza, Sitting Pretty, Chowchilla Floral, Amy Martinez, Connie Fuller, Debbie Coehlo, Diana Palmer, Donna Faria, Janelle Maddalena, Judy Abraugh, Paige Hill, Sweet Cheeks Corner Cafe & Bakery, Rachel Beaird, Mary Diaz, and Robbie Hickman.