PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, February 8, 2016

Solvang Business winners

A new Board of Directors for the Chamber!
Jim Richardson Mayor of Solvang installed a new Board of Directors last Thursday evening at the COMMUNITY AWARDS BANQUET
Stacey Otte-Demangate Executive Director of the Wildling Museum- President
Charles Werner Charles P. Werner Attorney -Vice President
Margee Lennard- Ruby Ribbon Secretary
Daniel Johnson- Johnson and Johnson CPA- Treasurer
Karen Bowker First Bank
Lisa Mesa-The Good Life
Sylvia Brents -Succulent Cafe Wine Charcuterie
John Martino- Hotel Corque
Jo Mason- Visiting Nurses and Hospice
Jamie Martinez -The Right Gift
Wendy Marie Figueiredo- Z Folio Galley
Dr. Kevin Walthers- Allan Hancock College
Jack Williams- Wandering Dog Winery

Solvang, CA – The Solvang Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Annual Community Awards Banquet that was held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Root 246, with Linda Johansen as the MC for the evening.  The evening event begins at 5:30 pm with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, followed by a plated Surf ‘n Turf dinner, dessert and live auction.  Entertainment was provided by the Solvang Conservancy led by Director Diane Buyington and the Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band led by Director Kay Dominguez.   
“Grow Your Community, Think Solvang First” is the 2016 theme, selected for its enthusiastic message that reflects the positive growth within our Chamber and in our generous community.
Community all-stars and their supporters were out in force Thursday night for Solvang’s Community Awards Banquet, where honorees in categories ranging from Large Business of the Year to City Employee of the Year were lauded.
The banquet, sponsored by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, was a happy, glitzy affair making its inaugural splash in what is intended to be an annual event. A capacity crowd packed Solvang’s Root 246 restaurant.
It attracted a talented array of nominees who aligned with the 2016 theme, “Grow Your Community, Think Solvang First.”
Award Winners
Large Business of the Year – Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Small Business of the Year – Art Kaslow, DDS
Restaurant of the Year – CHOMP
Winery of the Year – Buttonwood Vineyard
Ambassador of the Year – Tracy Farhad
City Employee of the Year – Brad Vidro
Public Service Award – Santa Barbara County Fire Department – Station 30
Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Atterdag Village – Chris Parker
Most Philanthropic of the Year – Montecito Bank & Trust
Linda Johansen Spirit of the Community Award – Glen Jacobsen
Tourism Organization of the Year – Santa Barbara Vintners- Morgen McLaughlin
Merit Awards, Non-profit – People Helping People – Becky Barieau; Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital – Kathy Erb
Employee of the Year – Ellen Hall
Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH), whose Auxiliary won a merit award for nonprofits, chose hospital leader Kathy Erb as their designated honoree.
Erb was introduced by SYVCH Vice President Wende Cappetta.
“Kathy has served as a hospital Auxiliary member since 2008. Since that time she has put in 1,000 hours of volunteer service for the benefit of our community hospital, and has served as treasurer of our thrift store for four years, as well as president of our Auxiliary for two years,” Cappetta said.
“Kathy’s time and commitment have been exemplary: chairing monthly meetings, planning our annual Gala, and opening up her beautiful home for our Volunteer Annual tea. Simply put, Kathy has stepped in when we have needed her most.”
One of the night’s big winners – for Small Business of the Year – was dentist Art Kaslow, who couldn’t quite believe his ears when his name was announced. Kaslow, who carried his six-month-old grandson to the stage, said the award was a big surprise.
“I thought I was attending a Chamber of Commerce installation event – and wow, this is just so encouraging to my practice and to me,” he said. “It’s wonderful that the Chamber takes the time and energy to recognize and to reassure and support small, cottage businesses like mine, as well as the larger organizations in this community.”
Well-kept secrets seemed to be the order of the night.
“It feels wonderful to be recognized by my peers, Solvang business leaders and friends, for doing a job I love,” said Tracy Farhad, Ambassador of the Year winner and Executive Director of Solvang Conference & Visitor’s Bureau. “It was quite a surprise and best kept secret by my board of directors and staff. I’m truly honored and humbled.”
The Winery of the Year nod went to Buttonwood Vineyard.
“It was a huge honor – thrilling – because not only are we located right here in Solvang, we are very much involved in the community, and we like to think of Buttonwood as ‘Solvang’s winery,’” said winemaker Karen Steinwachs. “For us, it’s not just about being able to offer great wine – it’s about hospitality. We love being able to live and share this beautiful place with everyone in this community.”

Montecito Bank & Trust served as the Title Sponsor for the Community Awards Dinner. Hotel Corque and Root246 landed as the Gold Sponsor. Community Sponsor Black Gold Roofing, Inc., C&D Advisors, Chicago Title, Lana Clark, Attorney at Law.
Donors in-kind Elverhoy Museum, Kita Wines, Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards, Rideau Vineyards, Sunstone, Vincent Vineyards and Graphic Printing.


racy Beard, Executive Director
805-688-0701 – Office
805-729-3813 – Cell

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