On January 25th the Chamber hosted the Annual Installation Banquet which had a Wild West theme. There were special guests among the crowd this year, including city council members Jason Cason and Matthew Brooks. Judge Joe Smith and Levy County Supervisor of Elections, Tammy Jones, also attended.
The banquet was held at the clubhouse inside the beautiful Williston Crossing RV Park and the décor surpassed that of past years with a display of artwork by local artist, Linda Ballentine-Brown. A western jewelry vendor was also on-site with some unique pieces from her collection. Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, Chairman of Community Redevelopment Agency and local dentist, joined in the festivities to showcase the new plans for the Veteran’s Memorial. The event was alcohol-free and in the spirit of healthy choices the Levy County Prevention Coalition provided FREE root beer floats to bring awareness to their campaign of drug-free communities in Levy County schools.
Steve McMillen was once again a breath of fresh air with his comedic stories and we appreciate his willingness to provide us with his charms every year. Honors were bestowed on the Business of the Year and New Business of the Year and the President’s award for Director of the Year. The recipients of this year’s awards are:
- Business of the Year: Rick Maguire – Maguire’s Auto Repair
- New Business of the Year: Matt Brooks – B4 Signs & Advertising
- Director of the Year: Jennifer Radder, Capital City Bank
The most memorable moment of the evening reflected the commitment and dedication of the people who make Williston such a special place to work, live, and visit. The Chamber presented a special award to Judge Joe and his wife, Bobbie, as Lifetime Honorary Chamber Members.