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Chamber’s Celebrate Coronado A Community-Wide Success

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:50 pm

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce hosted a full flock at their annual flamingle, Celebrate Coronado Community Awards this past Wednesday, July 24, at the Community Center’s Nautilus Room. The event was a community-wide celebration as the Chamber honored the city and recognized local heroes. The Chamber would like to thank all who came out to show their support for this year’s award winners.

Guests enjoyed fabulous views, live music, and fabulous fare from local chefs, and a silent auction with locally donated items. The auction alone raised over $2000 for the Chamber’s Annual Business Aspire Scholarship for graduating Coronado High School seniors.

The Restaurant Showcase gave guests the chance to try delightful dishes from new and returning local favorites, like ice cream bon bons by Chef Lori Sauer from MooTime & Blue Bridge Hospitality Group, summer corn soup by Chef Alec Herrera of Crown Landing by Loews Hotel & Resort, arugula & crispy goat salad by Chef Cesar Garcia from Feast & Fareway, crispy Brussel sprouts from Chef Javier Valdez at the Brigantine, seafood paella from Chef Aaron Obregon from ALBACA at the Coronado Marriott, octopus salad from Chef JoJo Ruiz from Serea at the Hotel del Coronado, scoops of gelato from Gelato Paradiso along with coffee & donuts from Amalo Brew rounded out the line up.

“We were thrilled with the turnout at this year’s Celebrate Coronado,” said Sue Gillingham, Chamber Executive Director. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity to thank our local heroes, eat delicious local dishes and celebrate the award winners.”

The awards presented to Coronado Police Sargent Mark Harris, Officer Ryan Brennan & Detective Kovahn Vlach accepted their awards from Police Chief Charles Kaye. Firefighter of the Year Josh Scarboro was presented his award from Fire Chief Jim Lydon. Chief Lydon also presented Vandon Burgess Lifeguard of the Year for his dedication to service.

NBC Executive Officer Commander John DePree presented Firefighter/EMT Brandon Dominguez with the NBC Firefighter of the Year Award.

Two additional awards were presented: Fred Eckert was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for his dedication to our local community and the annual Lewis R. Hardy Jr. award, presented each year to an individual who has made significant business and civic contributions while showing devotion to the overall quality of life in our community, was awarded to Doug St. Denis.

The Chamber also recognized their Milestone Members at the event. Coronado Lifestyle Magazine celebrated 30 years of membership while Union Bank and Art & Frame celebrated 35 years. Coronado Playhouse was recognized for their 40 years of membership, Crown Island Insurance was celebrated for 56 years, and last but not least, the Coronado Eagle & Journal and the Hotel del Coronado was recognized for their impressive 70 years of membership with the Chamber! The event also served as the Chamber’s induction for their new Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term.

The Chamber would like to give a special thanks to the sponsors who made this event possible: CalAm Water, Coronado Eagle & Journal, SDG&E, Ferry Landing, Cal Private Bank and Vintage Cinema for their support. Photos of the event by Kel Casey Photography will be available to view on the Chamber website soon.

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