19 May Award winners named at Vilonia chamber banquet
The Vilonia Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted its annual banquet, with awards presented to individuals as well as businesses.
The theme for the event was “A Year of Rebuilding” and celebrated the community’s recovery following a 2011 tornado that heavily damaged the town.
Debbie Townsend, the 2011 chamber board president, welcomed guests to the event, which was held at Vilonia High School. Tom Courtway, president at the University of Central Arkansas, was the guest speaker.
The event also featured the unveiling of the 2012 Vilonia City Guide, produced by 501 Advertising and Publishing.
Awards were presented to:
Citizen of the Year
Youth of the Year
Christian Gunter and Angela Payne.
Volunteer of the Year
Post-disaster Volunteers of the Year
Lorenda Donham and Debbie Martin.
Business of the Year
J&D Supply Company.
School Employee of the Year
Coach John Steward.
Non-Profit of the Year
Arkansas Angels Pageant.
Post-disaster Non-profit of the Year
Vilonia Ministerial Alliance.
City Employee of the Year
Mayor James Firestone and all city employees.
Commendation awards were also presented by state Rep. Stephen Meeks with the assistance of Sen. Gilbert Baker to the Vilonia Senior Citizens Center, Vilonia Police Department, Vilonia Fire Department, Center Point Free Will Baptist Church, Becki Smith and the Vilonia Disaster Recovery.
Charlie Weaver, 2012 chamber board president, presented Townsend with a plaque for her service as president.
Webco Mining Inc. served as the Platinum sponsor for the banquet. For more information on the chamber, please contact executive director Jill Bonnema at 501.499.1312 or visit vilonia.org.