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Coronado Chamber Of Commerce Holds Annual Awards & Installation Dinner

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Posted: Monday, August 3, 2015 9:35 am

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce honored some of Coronado’s finest at their annual community awards and board installation dinner Celebrate Coronado! on Thursday, July 23 at the Coronado Community Center. San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox emceed the award presentation, which included recognition of Coronado’s Police Officer of the Year, presented to Officer Sherri Mannello; Firefighter of the Year, presented to Captain Jayson Summers; and Lifeguard of the year, presented to Sergeant Evan Lowe. These local heroes were recognized by their peers and fellow first responders for their dedication to protecting the City of Coronado and its citizens, and for going above and beyond the call of duty.

The Chamber also presented their annual business awards to six well-deserving local businesses who have shown over 30 years of dedication to the Coronado Chamber and the business community as a whole. This year’s recipients were Art & Frames by Wood Gallery, Avenue Liquor and Wine Shoppe, the Coronado Historical Association, Crown Island Insurance, Southwestern College and Union Bank of California. Following the Business Awards, the Chamber recognized board member Matt Pontes as the Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts in getting the Coronado Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) off the ground and successfully running during its inaugural year. Matt, in turn, recognized YEA! graduate Jerry Nutter for his success in co-founding Hang 10 Shaved Ice with Treg Miller, which the students now operate out of High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen.

Celebrate Coronado! chair and board member Cindy Anderson of Coronado Bliss Salon and Spa - AVEDA was awarded the Lewis R. Hardy, Jr. award for her major business and civic contributions to the Chamber and to Coronado over the past year. Anderson not only spearheaded this year’s new format for the Chamber’s annual awards and board installation, but she has also led the efforts in making “Coronado-opoly,” a Coronado themed board game, go from dream to reality.

This was the first year in many that the Chamber’s awards and installation were hosted in Coronado, which led to the program’s new theme of “Celebrate Coronado!” This year’s program saw nearly twice the attendance than it has seen in years past – an increase that the Chamber attributes to the beautiful venue, Coronado’s strong sense of community, and, of course, the promise of a delicious meal. This event included a restaurant showcase featuring chefs from six of Coronado’s top restaurants, including Stake Chophouse, 1500 Ocean, Primavera Ristorante, Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill, Il Fornaio and Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Andre Zotoff of the Hotel del Coronado served as the emcee for the event’s restaurant showcase, using his knowledge as a chef and experience in the hospitality industry to introduce attendees to the restaurants, chefs and their dishes.

The Chamber would like to give a special thanks to the event’s ceremonial participants including Coronado Mayor Casey Tanaka, Councilman Richard Bailey, Fire Chief Mike Blood, Police Chief Jon Froomin and Beach Lifeguard Captain Sean Carey.

Want to see more pictures from the event? Visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at or contact the Chamber staff directly at 619.435.9260 or

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