Photo by Roger Harnack
Banner Bank’s Cristo Montiel races to put his table’s flag into a tasty treat during the Dessert Dash at Monday’s gala celebration at Walter Chlore Wine and Culinary Center.
As of Wednesday, February 7, 2018
PROSSER Dianne Torres was among those surprised at the 2017 Prosser Chamber of Chamber Community Awards gala Monday night at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center.
Torres was presented the United Good Neighbor Award in recognition of being chairwoman of the organization’s allocations committee, presenter and Good Neighbors President Candace Andrews said.
“She has served on the board for the past eight years,” Andrews said.
Volunteer of the Year Sue Derryberry was also surprised, and pleased.
“But I’ll get you for this,” she told her friends at her table.
“She literally volunteers everywhere she is needed,” her presenter, Karen Ball, said.
Musician, director and theater aficionado, L.J. Da Corsi was presented the Outstanding Citizen Award by Dr. David Grow.
Da Corsi was honored for his volunteer and advocacy for the children’s theater conservatory project, Valley Theatre Co. and Princess Theatre programs.
Rick James, who is an actor, set designer, producer and director at Princess Theatre was awarded the Valley Theatre Co. President Award by Ben Riley.
Longtime school counselor and community activist Suzi Strausz was named the community’s Lady of the Year.
The coveted Pay It Forward Award went to the Prosser Eagles Aeries No. 2647 for its support of community projects.
Eagles President Denny Gould accepted the award on behalf of the organization, which also had other members present at the gala.
Nick Cox received the Distinguished Service Award.
The Small Business of the Year Award went to Bonnie’s Vine and Gift Shop. Accepting the honor was owner Bonnie Glasscock, who has operated the business for more than 15 years on Wine Country Road. “We specialize in Northwest food, wine and gifts,” she said.
In addition to honoring its outstanding community members, the chamber hosted a silent auction and it’s Dessert Dash, the proceeds of which will be used to fund chamber activities, Executive Director Larelle Michener said.