chamber honors the business community at the 2022 gala | Local News


The Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce Gala was held on Friday evening, April 22, with a large crowd of community members, business owners, neighbors and Chamber members gathered to celebrate the winners of this year.

Here is a list of this year’s winners.

*Businessman of the Year: Kristi Densford of Kristi’s Hari Studio.

*Customer Service of the Year: Lori Schwager of Fountain Hills Emergency Room and Medical Center.

*New Contractor of the Year: Travis Brown of Crossroads Autoworks.

*Community Volunteer of the Year: Gerry Friedel.

*Young Professional of the Year: Dana Rowe of Jazzercise.

*Tourism Award: We-Ko-Pa Casino & Resort.

*Teacher of the Year: Jamie Sunshine.

*Chamber Ambassadors of the Year: Bridget Biermann.

* Health Services of the Year: Fountain Hills Emergency Room and Medical Center.

*Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Fountain Hills Cultural and Civic Association (FHCCA).

*Restaurant of the Year: Saddle Bronc.

*Finance and Insurance Services of the Year: Golucci Insurance Group.

* Retailer of the Year: Classy Jazzy.

*Chamber Volunteer of the Year: Chuck Heinrichs.

*Mayor’s Award: Fountain Hills Emergency Room and Medical Center.

The annual gala was held on the chamber’s patio, surrounded by lush vegetation provided by Verde Valley Nursery. Dinner was served by Saddle Bronc. The evening featured a bar hosted by the VFW, Mark Trembley Photography captured all the memories of the night and Birkett Entertainment was on hand to host the event.

In keeping with tradition, the chamber gala was themed and encouraged attendees to dress up. For this year, “Green is the new black” was the theme chosen in honor of Earth Day, and everyone was invited to dress in their best green outfit. Best Dressed Cabbage went to Edward Jones’ Coco Pameditus and HomeWatch Neighbor’s Jeff Stack.

A new addition to this year’s gala was a champagne toast in recognition of all the winners, sponsored and donated by Carolyn Berry of Clean Colonic. The Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended the Chamber Gala for their support of the event as well as the evening’s nominees and winners.


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