New sports venue for the banquet of the room, awards ceremony
September 20 – The Hanford Chamber Chamber celebrated the best and brightest businesses and individuals in the community who have been exemplary during the pandemic.
Last Friday, the House Distinguished Awards convened to commemorate the work of individuals and organizations in the city of Hanford, this year adding a police category to the first speaker of the year and male and female categories to the volunteer of the year.
In 2020, COVID-related constraints relegated the ceremony to a “drive-thru” event, but this year they were back for a more formal seated ceremony. They also changed the location of the Civic Auditorium, choosing to have it at the Children’s Storybook Garden instead to reflect the Chamber’s involvement not only in Hanford city center, but across the city.
According to the CEO of the House, Amory Marple, the ceremony recognized not only the people who are affiliated with them, but also those who have made strides in helping the community, especially in the fight against the pandemic and the wildfires. .
“It’s not just a representation of the House, it’s the city as a whole,” Marple said. “So like Overland Stockyard is not a member, but we felt we had to recognize anyone, any business in the community. They didn’t need to be associated with our organization.”
Overland Stockyards won the Company of the Year award.
Other recipients included:
Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Kings County Action Org. (KCAO)
Citizen of the Year (Female) – Paula Massey
Citizen of the Year (Male) – Johnny Hill
Teen of the Year – Bryn Sztukowski
Volunteer of the Year (Female) – Nancy Silva
Volunteer of the Year (male) – Jim Castleman
First Responder of the Year (Ambulance) – Matt Gill
First responder of the year (fire) – Cpt. Dennis springer
First Responder of the Year (Police) – Officer Jean Bidegaray