Awards presented at Chamber of Commerce event

Charlie Sackett, left, smiles after being presented with the Citizen of the Year award by past Warren County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mike Gochenour and new Chairwoman Katie Tewell during their annual dinner on Thursday. Nathan Budryk/Daily

FRONT ROYAL – Yearly awards were presented and a new chairwoman announced at the 71st Warren County Chamber of Commerce dinner Thursday night at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.

Guest speaker Darryl Haley, former NFL lineman for the New England Patriots, opined on topics that included teamwork, perseverance and charity.

Katie Tewell, of the Apple House and Fork’d, was named the chamber’s new chairwoman. She had previously served as 1st Vice Chairman. She replaces outgoing Chairman Mike Gochenour, publisher of The Northern Virginia Daily.

“The chamber is a resource for you,” said Tewell. “They are a way to get involved in your community, to network, to learn and to grow… I like to have fun, so let’s make this a fun year. Don’t be bored; push yourself and your team to do better.”

The chamber also bestowed their yearly awards.

  • Nonprofit of the Year went to the Warren County Backpack Program.
  • Education Contributor of the Year was awarded to Jim Wells, of the Warren County School Board.
  • Entrepreneur of the Year was won by Craig Laird, of Shenandoah Confections in Front Royal.
  • Business of the Year was awarded to Southern States Front Royal Cooperative.
  • Citizen of the Year went to Charlie Sackett.
  • The chamber’s community impact award was given to the Humane Society of Warren County.

Also honored were outgoing board members Jim Eastham and Kym Crump, who served for eight and seven years, respectively. They were each presented with plaques.

The lively event had a Cinco de Mayo theme as Mexican cuisine and beverages were served. There were also two auctions; one silent, and one not so silent.

“There are many outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals working to make our community an exceptional place to work and a vibrant place to live,” said emcee Mike O’Dell. “… Their contributions help make this community a place we all love to call home.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com