Tuesday, May 15, 2018
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Adrian Armory Events Center
$40 per person
Annual Awards Dinner and FUNdraiser
Join the Fun…Support the Chamber
We are combing two of our most popular events, our Annual Awards Banquet and our FUNDraiser. The purpose of awards banquet event is to celebrate the year’s hard work and successes in the business community and to present a number of awards to very deserving businesses and individuals. This event features a social hour, dinner and an awards ceremony to honor outstanding members and businesses that have been nominated by their peers. The event is combined with our annual FUNdraiser. The fundraiser provides operating support for the Chamber’s programs. We have a goal of $8,000 to be raised through the silent auction items. If you can donate an item for the auction, please click the link below.
We’ve got some great auction items lined up already, with more being added each day! Tickets are $40 per person and include a buffet dinner catered by Chartwells, with two drinks. Reserve your spot below:
Donated Items for our FUNdraiser
- $100 Firekeepers gift card
- 4 tickets to Sauder Village
- 5 tickets to Yankee Air Museum
- Ann’s by Design – gift basket
- Strobus Insurance – gift basket
- John Bartoszewicz – Adrianopoly and history gift basket
- American Office Solutions – gift basket with 2 Yeti cups, a set of knives, and more
- International Diamond – beautiful bracelet
- Citizen’s Gas – new gas grill
- Citizen’s Gas – $300 Certificate for energy use or new appliance
- Strobus Insurance – Dinner/Show for two: Croswell performance of Mamma Mia and $50 towards dinner at Sauce Italian Grill & Pub
- Habitat for Humanity of Lenawee County – Panera Gift Cards & Meijer Gift Cards
- Gurdjian Insurance Group, Inc. – Gardening / Herb Basket
- Geraldine Boykin – MaryKay Beauty Basket
- Dan Garno – Campfire Fun-n-Games Basket
- Two Tickets: Hometown Pizza Country Showdown May 18, 2018, Gallery Bucks
- Autographed baseball from the Detroit Tigers Pitcher Matthew Boyd
- Kemner Iott Benz – Small Cooler with two mugs, golf balls, tees, $40 Wolf Creek Golf Club certificate
- First Federal Bank – Yeti cooler with First Federal Bank picnic blanket and sunglasses
- Jim Colman – 2-month family membership to the Centre
- ImInBiz, Inc. – Gilbert Chocolates Michigan History Gift Basket
Londa Pickles to Receive Comstock Award,
Geraldine Boykin to Receive Commitment to Excellence Award,
and Lenco Credit Union to Receive Beautification Award
[press release, Adrian, Michigan] The Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize Londa Pickles, Sr. Vice President of Gurdjian Insurance Group, Inc., as the most recent recipient of the Addison J. Comstock Award during the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Adrian Armory Events Center.
The Addison J. Comstock Award is presented to an individual who aggressively promotes commercial growth within the community, actively works to improve the quality of life for people in this area, is an involved leader involved in business, civic and community activities, and impacts the future of our community through involvement in planning, visioning and effort.
Londa Pickles served as Chairperson of the Adrian Chamber Board of Directors, a Chamber Board Member, and many Chamber sub-committees. She is Treasurer and Membership Chair of the Human Resource Association of Southeast Michigan, served on the Lenawee United Way Board of Directors from 1998-2004 and from 2014-16.
Pickles is also active in the 4-H community, as a leader of the Gentle Giants 4-H Club, board member of the Lenawee 4-H Council, an adult advisor for the 4-H Service Club and the 4-H liaison for the Lenawee County Fair Board.
She was also this year’s recipient of the Stubnitz Award, awarded by Lenawee Cares at the Lenawee Community Foundation annual meeting.
Pickles joined Gurdjian Insurance Group in 1977 and is licensed in life and health insurance. She and her husband, Doug, have two daughters, and live in Sand Creek, Michigan.
Sponsored by Citizen’s Gas Fuel Company, the Comstock Award is designed to recognize an individual or organization who is tenacious in their promotion, development of the city, its economy and business growth. Scott Klemm, former director of Citizen’s Gas Fuel Company, was the first recipient of the Addison J. Comstock Award. Other recipients have included Joe Ann Steele, Garry Clift, Ben Negron, Carol Souchock, Don Taylor, The Lenawee Intermediate School District, Emory and Kris Schmidt, and Dave Maxwell.
Other recognitions to be honored at the annual dinner include the Commitment to Excellence Award and the Beautification Award.
The Commitment to Excellence Award is sponsored by Siena Heights University and is designed to recognize a local business person who demonstrates strong ethics, community engagement, environmental stewardship, and is service-oriented.
This year’s recipient is Geraldine Boykin, Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant and Vice President of the Lenawee NAACP Branch 3162.
The Beautification Award annually recognizes a diverse range of projects that result in improving the appearance of physical buildings, grounds or community space. This award is sponsored by Mark & Mary Murray, owners of the Adrian Image Center and the Adrian Armory Events Center.
This year’s recipient is Lenco Credit Union, for the extensive remodeling project of their West Maple Location.
The Adrian Chamber Executive Committee will recognize these three individuals during the event on May 15, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at the Adrian Armory Events Center, 230 W. Maumee Street, Adrian MI. The Chamber fundraiser event with live and silent auction items and other entertainment will follow the awards recognition that evening.