County chamber set to announce annual awards

WOODSTOCK – And the award for the best business in Shenandoah County goes to…

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will roll out the red carpet Tuesday for its Oscar-themed annual awards party, announcing awards for the large and small businesses, nonprofit and citizen of the year.

Billed as the “best party of the year,” this will be the first awards party with this degree of glitz and glamor since the chamber was incorporated in 2013. Director Sharon Baroncelli has high hopes for Tuesday’s ceremony at the Woodstock Community Theatre.

“Our name’s going to be on the marquee. We have a red carpet with the stanchions and a spotlight on everyone who’s coming in. And that’s why we went with the dress theme — if they want to wear a tux and gown, it’s the perfect arena, because where else can you do that in the county?” Baroncelli said.

When the nominees are announced, their names and logos will be projected on the theatre’s screen, and, after a drumroll courtesy of the Woodstock High School orchestra, the master of ceremonies will open the envelope containing the name of the winner.

Part of the rationale for this year’s Oscar theme is to put more focus on the nominees, Baroncelli said. In the past, only the winners were announced. But due to the quality and volume of this year’s nominations, the chamber wanted to spread the recognition around.

“This is the first time we’re also presenting the nominees,” Baroncelli said. “The recognition is due, since we did receive so many nominations … Everyone’s deserving in our award category. Our nominees are very good.

“It’s been hard to decide the winner,” she added.

The winners will be determined by a four-person board composed of chamber executives.

Also during the evening, the chamber will recognize its outgoing Board of Directors members and new, incoming President Chris Boies will outline his goals for the chamber.

The nominees for this year’s four awards are:

Large Business of the Year Nominations:

  • Bowman-Andros Products
  • Carmeuse Lime & Stone
  • George’s Poultry

Small Business of the Year Nominations:

  • Dutch Haven Assisted Living
  • On Second Thought Store

Nonprofit of the Year Nominations:

  • Family Promise of Shenandoah County
  • Shenandoah Community Foundation
  • Shenandoah County Thrift Store
  • Shen-Paco Industries

If You Go

Where: Woodstock Community Theatre

When: Tuesday at 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: $45 for chamber members and guests; $55 for non-members. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, and a dessert bar.

Attire: Black tie optional.

Tickets: Buy online at shenandoahcountychamber.com/Annual-Awards-Party by Friday or contact Sharon Baroncelli at 540-459-2542.