Copyright Bell Imaging & Design,
Copyright Bell Imaging & Design,

Thank you for helping us honor our award recipients at the Chamber Dinner on January 23, 2013. Please click to see the award videos:

wbrc.pngBusiness of the Year
WBRC Architects-Engineers

richard_rosen.pngCatherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service
Richard Rosen, former State Senator

hammond_st.pngCommunity Service Award
Hammond Street Senior Center

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Non-Profit of the Year
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals of EMHS

comstock.pngArthur A. Comstock Professional Service Award
Andrew Hamilton

geaghans.pngBion and Dorain Foster Entrepreneurship Award
Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery

Norbert X Dowd Award: Peter Vigue

Norbert X. Dowd Award - Peter Vigue, Cianbro

Many thanks are due to everyone involved in the dinner:

Bangor Civic Center staff: Mike Dyer, Lisa Bragg and Buz Small for always being friendly and accommodating.

Awards Dinner committee members: Amber Small, Elizabeth Sutherland, Julia Munsey, Lynne Churchill, Mark Pellon, Melissa Gerety, Molly Briggs, Nicole Stevens, Risteen Baar, Sunny Somers and chair, Tanya Pereira, for great ideas, advice and inspiration.

Award Winner Sponsors: Bangor Savings Bank, Verso, Eaton Peabody, Bangor International Airport, University of Maine, Camden National Bank and EMHS/Affiliated Healthcare Systems.

Bernatche Auto Body: for painting 424 bud vases for the flowers. You made our thrift store purchases look fantastic!

Bronson Audio-Visual: for providing the sound and screens so all 800 people could enjoy the videos and watch the live stream of the podium. It was nice for people to see the slide show of all the events that were produced by the Chamber this past year. Thank you also for providing the lighting in the main hall and reception area.

Chapel Hill Floral: for providing more than a thousand flowers for the bud vases. A lot of creativity and hard work went into making the arrangements and everyone appreciated how pretty the room looked!

Corporate sponsors: People's United Bank, Quirk Auto Group, St. Joseph Healthcare, Hollywood Casino, Bangor Natural Gas, Katahdin Trust Company, Varney Agency, Electricity Maine, Epstein Commercial Real Estate, TD Bank, Cross Insurance, the CPA Solution LLC, and Cyr Bus Lines for enabling us to present such a nice evening to honor award recipients.

Davinci Signs for supporting the Chamber as the sign sponsor for this dinner as well as at the Business Expo and Golf Tournament.

Eastern Maine Community College: for providing appetizers that went way beyond the norm. Thanks also to Husson University for helping to provide these culinary treats.

Husson University Hospitality Program: for supplying dozens of volunteers to help fold napkins, set tables, serve food, greet people, hang coats, hand out reports and guide people to tables and help us thank people for coming to the dinner! We appreciate and highly value our relationship with everyone involved in this program. Thanks in particular to Lee Speronis!

Interns: Amy Crouch, Brandon Kenney, Dan Cole and Kaleigh Morneau. for researching, shopping, writing, posting, sewing, copying, cutting, assembling, organizing, calling, emailing, meeting, checking, and working for months to help make this event run seamlessly. The Chamber was lucky to have this help, while providing a first-hand learning experience.

Jeff's Catering: for serving 800 delicious meals in 20 minutes. That was one fantastic meal! Thank you, Jeff and crew!

OTT Communications:
for being the wine sponsor. Guests were able to enjoy complimentary bottles of wine thanks to your sponsorship. Thanks you also, Maine Distributors, for providing the nice bottles of wine!

Oxford Networks:for being an on-going believer in the Chamber and for being the dinner sponsor for several years running.

Quality Jewelers:for giving away a stunning diamond and sapphire necklace. A lot of people in the room wanted to win that prize! You have set the standard for a top-quality prize and have shown people the quality of jewelry available in your store.

Ric Tyler: for your extraordinary talent as master of ceremonies and for countless hours spent on the creative work and production time involved in producing the videos. There's a great quote by Lou Holz that is fitting: "Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it." Ric, your talent, motivation and attitude aren't exceeded by anyone, any time, anywhere!

Sargent Corp: for sponsoring the keynote speech for incoming chair, Jane Irving; and Cianbro: for sponsoring the reception, which provided a great networking opportunity for members.

Staff: Marcia Baker, for excellent customer service and reception duties, keeping track of all 800 dinner plus 300 Business Breakfast reservations, while keeping up with other responsibilities and suffering through the flu; Martha Talbot, for tracking all expenses, sponsors and dinner guests, while and making sure all bookkeeping duties are performed to perfection; Kate Grover, for reaching out to members to strengthen, build and maintain strong relationships with our members, for helping members see the value in sponsorships and for fine-tuning the guest list; Matt McLaughlin, for keeping our programs running smoothly and always being up for any challenge (writing or otherwise) that comes his way; and our president, John Porter, for trusting his staff and being the kind of leader that doesn't flinch when the chamber is turned into a sewing factory, gift box assembly line or gathering spot for 110 pounds of candy and more than 400 bud vases.

Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications:for producing six heart-warming, creative and memorable videos for award winners. The team spent weeks creating these moments. Thank you Elizabeth Sutherland, Cary Weston, Ric Tyler, Adam Osborn and crew!

Wallace Tent & Party Rentals: for finding just the right linens and drapery to help transform the Civic Center.

WABI-TV: for the hours and hours of work that go into producing the Dowd Award video. We are grateful for continuing our long-standing relationship! Thanks especially to Mike Young and Paul Saliwanchik

WS Emerson: for providing 55,000 (!!!) pieces of candy for the orange boxes that were at each place setting and for the coasters that were given away as a parting gift. This is year number three for sponsoring this gift. (Remember the truffle last year and the champagne bottle-shaped chocolate the year before?!)

A final thank you to the Bangor Region Chamber's Board of Directors, led this past year by Dan Tremble. Jane Irving, we look forward to your leadership in 2013!

We look forward to the Chamber's Business Expo on May 9, 2013. Please mark your calendar and join us for one of the last events in the Civic Center.