Kenney Awards return to reside function on the Kennebec River

AUGUSTA — Much more than 700 men and women turned out Friday to rejoice the 90th anniversary of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce and to honor the individuals and businesses recognized at the Kenney Awards, the chamber’s yearly awards banquet.

Friday’s celebration at Mill Park marked the return of the in-man or woman party, right after 2021 when chamber officers took the Kenneys online for a virtual award ceremony.

Of all the awards presented, winners in two classes were established Friday by those people attending the celebration.

In the reside voting, Johnny Swan was preferred as the Cynergy Expert of the Yr. The award acknowledges the recipient’s long-phrase motivation to the betterment of the community.

Swan, a Real estate agent with Brookwood Realty, mentioned the contest was not a opposition in his eyes, simply because he and his fellow nominees are performing the greatest they can to improved their neighborhood.

The other nominees were being Victoria Abbot, govt director at Bread of Daily life Ministries, and Hillary Roberts, government director of the Kennebec Valley Humane Modern society.

“It’s an honor to be introduced up in the identical discussion as them, so hold undertaking all that you men are undertaking,” Swan reported. “It’s also a big honor to be regarded amongst a team of this sort of thriving corporations and men and women who have all provided so much to our community.”

He mentioned there is no higher pleasure or emotion than being aware of that he’s aided someone, regardless of whether in their backyard or in a genuine estate transaction.

The chambers associates selected Elliott Place of work Products and solutions as the winner of the President’s Circle Award. The award honors the recipient’s influence on the Kennebec Valley as a result of their profits growth and position generation.

Jamie Elliott credited her father-in-regulation, Charles Elliott III, who founded the Farmingdale business as a copier vendor, exactly where her spouse C.J. uncovered the ropes doing the job there as a teenager and inevitably using above and bringing a new vision to the community of what the small business could be.

“We’re just so humbled that you select us just about every day and make your vision appear to lifetime,” Elliot mentioned. “We enjoy you, and we take pleasure in our workers we wouldn’t be in this article without the need of you.”

The other nominees have been Gardiner Loved ones Chiropractic and Mid Maine Generator.

In awards that have been beforehand declared, Charles “Wick” Johnson was provided the Peter G. Thompson Life time Accomplishment Award in appreciation for his contributions as a chief in the region for many years.

The Massive Business enterprise of the 12 months is Good Eye Care, an optometry exercise with 56 personnel in three spots offering a broad vary of services. It is honored for its excellence in its marketplace by means of innovation, unparalleled client assistance, workers development and advertising support. Its impression is measured by means of its group involvement and economic affect.

Local community Provider Award winner David Dostie, left, chats with Heather Pouliot and Sen. Matthew Pouliot, R-Augusta, on Friday throughout the Kenney Awards in Augusta’s Mill Park. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

The Compact Enterprise of the Yr is KV Tooling Units, with 5 employees in its rather new facility on North Belfast Avenue in Augusta. The corporation, which tends to make carbide chopping instruments and features sharpening products and services to producing providers throughout New England, was  honored for its excellence in its industry by means of innovation, unparalleled purchaser provider, employees enhancement and advertising service. Businesses are calculated by its community involvement and financial impression.

Dave Dostie received the chamber’s Neighborhood Services Award.

The Kennebec Valley YMCA was honored with the chamber’s Particular Support Award for the huge array of packages it provides for local community members, from kid care to group exercising courses and from swimming classes to diabetic issues avoidance.

The chamber’s govt board also produced an unscheduled award Friday. At the commence of the occasion, the board took time to acknowledge the get the job done of Katie Doherty, the chamber’s president and CEO, who considering the fact that her appointment five years back has stabilized the organization’s finances, strengthened its main systems and expanded the chamber’s outreach by special situations and support to its users.

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