From the Ballot to the Stage
Mason County has countless volunteers, supporters, and businesses who go above the call of duty to make our community a better play to live and work. To bring attention to these efforts, the Shelton-Mason County Chamber hosts the Annual Awards Gala where the honors are announced and awarded.
The semiformal affair opened with a champagne reception; the four course dinner with wine pairings commenced with a Toast to 2019 followed by the State of the Chamber Address, and the installation of the 2020 Board of Trustees. The evening culminated with the announcement of the award winners.
Following a rigorous process, dozens of nominees are narrowed to just three in each category. Business of the Year honors the business that made the most significant contribution benefiting the Mason County business community over the past year. Following her 20th year in business, Steph’s Espresso took home this year’s honors.
The Citizen of the Year award honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to enhance the business community and the community at large and was awarded to Rachel Hansen of Northwest Event Organizers.
Boss of the Year was awarded to Stephanie Steen of Our Community Credit Union who was hailed for giving credit where credit is due – even when it is not in her department. Rookie of the Year nods to a new storefront in Mason County; the award went to Paulie’s Place.
The addition of Community Supporter rounded out the ballot, recognizing a nonprofit organization who strongly impacts Mason County through service, volunteerism, and donations; the award went to Habitat for Humanity of Mason County.
Two other awards will be announced at the event; the President’s Choice Award went to Jim Morrell who was selected by Lisa Perry of Sierra Pacific and Chamber Board President. Chamber staff named Hazel Bartley, who donates her time to the Hoodsport Visitor Center, as the Volunteer of the Year.
For photos of the evening’s affair, see our Facebook album. Save the date for next year’s celebration on Friday, January 15, 2021.