ELBURN—Every year at its Winter Dinner, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce elects a Member and Business of the year.
This year, the Member of the Year award went to Kristen Damolaris from American Bank & Trust.
“Kristen went above and beyond in serving the chamber,” said Cindy Gurke, the chamber office administrator. “All Kristen’s time was volunteered in order to help the community.”
The Business of the Year Award went to the Elburn Countryside Community Center, which also has shown a great deal of support for our community, Gurke said.
This year, the Winter Dinner and Silent Auction raised enough for two $1,000 scholarships.
“Hughes Creek Golf Club did a great job in hosting this event on March 10,” Gurke said. “All items that were in the silent auction were generously donated by our chamber and community members. Without them, this event could not have been possible.”
The Elburn Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank the Winter Dinner Committee, headed by Damolaris, Carrie Murphy, Annette Theobald and Leslie Flint, for all their hard work, Gurke said.
by Keith Beebe
ELBURN—The Elburn Chamber of Commerce at its Winter Dinner on Feb. 19 named Bill Brauer as the Member of the Year. Brauer, current vice president and regional market manager of American Bank and Trust, served as Elburn Chamber Board president in 2009 and 2010.
The Elburn Chamber also named Paisano’s Pizza and Grill as the Business of the Year.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be nominated and then selected by your peers,” Brauer said. “It’s quite a thrill and quite an honor, and I am humbled by it.”
In addition to his two years as chamber president, Brauer had been on the Chamber Board nearly five years and occupied several positions, including treasurer.
“A lot of the stuff we do is volunteer work, and it’s nice to be recognized. Hopefully we’re making a difference.”
According to Winter Dinner committee member Kristen Damolaris, the voting process for Member and Business of the Year begins with the Winter Dinner committee asking the Elburn chamber members who they would like to nominate for the two awards. Once finalized, the nominations are listed on the Winter Dinner and Silent Auction invitations.
“We get the votes back from the (chamber) members, and then we tally the votes to find the winners of the Business and Member of the Year,” Damolaris said. “Both winners have strong ties to the community and have either participated on multiple committees and/or held various Chamber Board positions.”
The Winter Dinner was held at Mill Creek Golf Club in Geneva. Proceeds from the event benefit the Elburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund for Kaneland High School. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded later this spring.