A Glamorous Night of Awards for Mack Town

McKinleyville business owners and operators of nonprofit groups gathered at the Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace on Friday, March 27 to celebrate the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce Member's Choice Award recipients as well as the Azalea Award Recipients.
The event was styled after the Academy Awards, with Sara Goodwin and Cassaundra Burrell acting as the evening's hostesses.
Guests to the event walked the red carpet, with the paparazzi taking their pictures as well as fans asking for their autographs.
There were video testimonials given by members for the award recipients.  Many volunteers worked together to make the event possible.
The goal of the chamber was to get as many members the the community engaged as possible.  The chamber reached out to the Arcata High School business clas as well as their Interact Group.  The chamber also worked with HSU's Leisure Programming class.
There was a silent auction before the program as well as a live auction afterward with Rex Bohn, First District supervisor, acting as auctioneer.
Chamber members nominated and voted for the Member's Choice Awards recipients.  This year's award recipients are:
·         New Business of the Year - The Fieldbrook General Store
·         Small Business of the Year - A & L Feed
·         Business of the Year - Six Rivers Brewery
·         Home Based Business of the Year - Orchids for the People
·         Nonprofit of the Year - McKinleyville Family Resource Center
The Azalea Award was also presented during the program.  This year's recipients, Ross and Kelly Miller of Miller Farms Nursery, were nominated for the award by previous years' recipients.  Chamber President and CEO Heather Viña presented the award to the Millers.
The McKinleyville Chamber would like to thank everyone in the community for their support of the chamber and its members.  Many thanks to everyone for donating the many items that made the auction a success.