Bonney Lake Chamber presents annual banquet

The Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce put on its annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Swiss Sportsman’s Club.

Kevin Benedict entertains the crowd at the Bonney Lake Chamber’s annual banquet. Katrina Minton holds the lyric sheet.

Chamber banquet honors businesses and citizens from the city

The Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce put on its annual awards banquet Saturday evening at the Swiss Sportsman’s Club.

The chamber has not scheduled an annual banquet since 1995. The event was sponsored by The Cascadia Corporation, Cascade Regional Blood Services, Kitsap Bank, Big O’s BBQ and Deli and the Swiss Sportman’s Club.

The evening was moderated by Katrina Minton, past president of the chamber, with remarks on the past year and upcoming months from current president Karen Jackson of John L. Scott Real Estate and Lora Butterfield, executive director of the chamber.

Butterfield noted an increase in membership during 2008 and she “hopes to improve tourism” in the area.

The dinner was catered by Big O’s BBQ and Deli. Entertainment was provided by cowboy Kevin Benedict.

The Citizen of the Year award was presented to Stew Bowen, director of the food bank.

Business of the Year honors went to Office Depot, represented by Tom Watson, manager of the store.

Chamber Volunteer of the Year went to Izzy Anaya, owner of A & S Auto Repair.

Recognition awards went to Bonney Lake Senior Services Manager Sue Hillberg, Senior Services Assistant Staci Guirsch and Janis Smith, a senior aide.

Reach Dennis Box at dbox@courierherald.com or 360-802-8209.

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