The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce Gala returned to the Niagara Falls Country Club on Thursday, and the brand-new ballroom was jampacked. Business leaders, elected officials, residents, guests and friends arrived to show their support for the local commerce, tourism and events agency.
Each year, the gala serves as an opportunity to honor the people and businesses making the River Region a better, brighter place. This year's awardees included:
Chairman's Partnership Award - Kiwanis Club of Lewiston
Lewiston Business of the Year - Canterbury Place
Youngstown Business of the Year - Lakeside Quarter Horses
Ransomville Business of the Year - Ed's Garage
Sanborn Business of the Year - Innovative Card Solutions
Village of Lewiston Citizen of the Year - Alexander & Colleen Swavy
Village of Youngstown Citizen of the Year - Helen Murray
Town of Porter Citizen of the Year - Linda White
Town of Lewiston Citizen of the Year - David Perrault
Chamber President Jennifer Pauly hosted the awards ceremony. Board Chairwoman Christine O'Hara offered welcoming remarks, while the Rev. Monsignor David LiPuma blessed the meal. Joe Webber provided live music.
Guests raved about the food, and took chances on a large assortment of prizes and baskets donated by local merchants and organizations.