Chamber Honors Outstanding AJ Community Contributors

Awards banquet held May 24

The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce held their 2018 Fry’s Food Community Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 24 at Roadhaven Golf & Tennis Resort in Apache Junction.

The annual formal banquet honors outstanding small business, medium business, large business, non-profit, volunteer, teacher, firefighter, police officer and professor for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Apache Junction community.

This year, the award for Large Business was given to Banner Goldfield Medical Center.

The award for Medium Business was given to The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News.

The Small Business award was given to Independent Wellness Center

The Non-Profit business award was given to the Apache Junction Mounted Rangers.

Robin Barker (holding case) received the award for Volunteer of the Year. Photo by Jack Olson

Robin Barker, Apache Junction City Councilwoman and publisher of The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News, was awarded as the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year.

Also honored at the 2018 Community Awards Banquet were Pamela Turner from Apache Junction Unified School District and Emily Goldstein from Imagine Prep Superstition, Teachers of the Year; Dr. Sunjung “Sunny” Park from Central Arizona College and Mark Anderson from Arizona State University, Professors of the Year; Detective Steven Jeansonne, Police Officer of the Year and Firefighter/Paramedic Ken Simkins, Firefighter of the Year.

The Chamber also recognized their sponsors: Platinum Sponsor Awards went to Banner Goldfield and Amazing Dental Care; a Gold Sponsor Award went to Republic Services and Silver Sponsor Awards were given to Fry’s Food Stores and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

Andrea Chisolm was honored with a Legacy Award for her outstanding dedication to the Chamber. The Chamber also recognized high school seniors with scholarships. Apache Junction Unified School District scholarship recipients included Bailey Schrader, Carl Briongos, Janelle Digos, Natalie Simoes and Renee Gallegos. From Imagine Prep, scholarship recipients were Audrey Muller and Hunter Collins.

Musical Entertainment was provided by Amazing Pianos and Superstition Fire Pipes & Drums.

Trish Hoagland accepts the award for Medium-Sized Business of the Year. L-R: Chamber President Michael Eastwood, The News Marketing Manager Trish Hoagland, Chamber Chairman Andrea Chisolm, Chamber Vice-Chair Steve Byfield – Photo by Jack Olson

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