The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) held its annual membership and awards dinner on Tuesday, January 21, sponsored by Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, South Bay Hospital, Century 21 Beggins – Joe Eletto, CenterState Bank (Riverview) and Tampa Electric Co. More than 300 members and guests enjoyed a great dinner catered by Lupton’s Restaurant inside the Carousel Room at the Showmen’s Club in Riverview.
Pastor John Legg, South Shore United Methodist Church, gave the invocation, followed by the Presentation of Colors by East Bay High School’s JROTC. 4HeartHarmony, a group of local girls, sang the national anthem and they later returned for a rousing medley of 60’s hits; the evening’s theme.
2013 President Donna Fore of P.F. Auto Glass turned over her gavel to 2014 President Joe Eletto of Century 21 Beggins. She also thanked her board of directors and presented bouquets of roses to the chamber staff. President Eletto swore in his 2014 board of directors and inspired the audience with his thoughts for growth in the new year. He said, “I chose this theme of ‘We’re 48, Let’s Celebrate’ because the chamber is 48 years in business this year and that went back to 1966.”
Annual awards were presented for the following:
2014 Honorary Mayor of Riverview Cliff Kennedy, Alley Cat Pest Control
2013 Ambassador of the Year, Jennifer Caskey, CenterState Bank (Riverview)
2013 Margy Watkins Volunteer of the Year, Jordann Scruggs, A Sweet Haven
2013 Shining Star of the Year, Jennifer King, Rodan + Fields
2013 Citizen of the Year, Tammy Holmberg, Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village
Businesses of the Year Awards were divided into 3 categories this year: 10 and under employees, finalists were: Great Florida Insurance South Shore, Michelle Mosher; James J Pulkowski, CPA, PA, James Pulkowski; and the winner was
Mackey Productions, LLC, Stuart Mackey. For 11- 300 employees, finalists were:
Canine Cabana LLC, Angie Frazier and Kendall Duncan; The Alley at South Shore, Melissa Hartmann; and the winner was Carr Pediatric Dentistry PA, Dr. Natalie Carr. For over 300 employees, finalists were: CenterState Bank, Jennifer Caskey; Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, Jim Johnson; and the winner was South Bay Hospital, Sharon Roush.
There was a table-decorating contest, a photo booth, contests for best-costumed man and woman and a 50/50 drawing worth $520. Eletto said, “It was a step back to a simpler and “groovy” time and everyone got into the spirit of the evening.” Many thanks to MC Jim Smeaton, Music on the Move, LLC, Patrick Crump for bringing his 1966 Mustang and all of those who donated prizes and worked so hard to make it a “far out” evening.