Bolivar Chamber Awards Gala

banquet-0The Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Awards Banquet – Bolivar Fiesta Night last Tuesday. The event was held at the former Coconuts, thanks to Tim Byrom for donating this venue. The Mariachi Band serenaded the diners before and after the awards presentation with catchy tunes everyone knew. Jose’s Cantina catered the dinner of fajitas, beans and rice, followed by homemade flan and tres leches cake. Jose said cooking at Coconuts was like stepping back in time. Great food Jose, you and your staff outdid yourselves.

The invocation, led by Reverend Valerie Hudson of Bay Vue Methodist Church, really hit home for so many of us. Gina Spagnola, President of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker, and what an inspirational speaker she is. If you didn’t already belong to a Chamber of Commerce, you wanted to after hearing Gina! Also joining us: Our County Commissioner, Darrell Apffel, Constable Derreck Rose, Road & Bridge Lee Crowder, William Comeaux and Michael Lentz and Former Judge Pat Vondra. Bolivar Peninsula Chamber Board Members in attendance were Brenda Flanagan, President, Anne Willis, Vice-President, George Strong, Treasurer, Brad Ballard, Kurt Ploeger and Jim Walters.

Gina Spagnola, President of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker, and what an inspirational speaker she is.

Gina Spagnola, President of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker, and what an inspirational speaker she is.

On to the awards:

Educator of the Year, Talisa Comeaux, presented by her son, William Comeaux. He read a wonderful account of a lifetime dedicated to helping children succeed – Not a dry eye in the place.

Educator of the Year, Talisa Comeaux, presented by her son, William Comeaux. He read a wonderful account of a lifetime dedicated to helping children succeed – Not a dry eye in the place.

Volunteer of the Year, Leslie Lowe, presented by Craig Ward – the master at adlib. He gave a glowing account of Leslie's mission to bring the Peninsula Sports Park from a dream to a reality.

Volunteer of the Year, Leslie Lowe, presented by Craig Ward – the master at adlib. He gave a glowing account of Leslie’s mission to bring the Peninsula Sports Park from a dream to a reality.

Business of the Year, Re/Max on the Water – Bolivar, presented by Larry Flanagan.  Re/Max is a prominent civic-minded business, participating in all community events, and contributing to the growth of Bolivar. Re/Max celebrated their 10 year anniversary recently with a charity golf tournament raising nearly $10,000 for Texas Children's Hospital.

Business of the Year, Re/Max on the Water – Bolivar, presented by Larry Flanagan. Re/Max is a prominent civic-minded business, participating in all community events, and contributing to the growth of Bolivar. Re/Max celebrated their 10 year anniversary recently with a charity golf tournament raising nearly $10,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital.

Citizen of the Year, Carlis Cole, presented by Brenda Flanagan. Brenda described how Carlis can be seen every day up and down the Peninsula, picking up trash, painting porta-potties, or anything else it takes to  Keep Bolivar Beautiful. Carlis, so deserving of this award - She cleans up really well too, out of t-shirts and flip flops.

Citizen of the Year, Carlis Cole, presented by Brenda Flanagan. Brenda described how Carlis can be seen every day up and down the Peninsula, picking up trash, painting porta-potties, or anything else it takes to Keep Bolivar Beautiful. Carlis, so deserving of this award – She cleans up really well too, out of t-shirts and flip flops.

Honorary Citizen of the Year, Aaron Springer, presented by Tom Osten. Aaron has been working our Peninsula for 40 years. He is known by everyone and he knows everyone. I don’t know if you would have recognized him Tuesday night though, without his brown uniform. What a deserving citizen, he received this same award 21 years ago. Next time you see him, wish him well, he’s retiring in only 13 more months. It’s going to take a special human being to fill those shoes.

Honorary Citizen of the Year, Aaron Springer, presented by Tom Osten. Aaron has been working our Peninsula for 40 years. He is known by everyone and he knows everyone. I don’t know if you would have recognized him Tuesday night though, without his brown uniform. What a deserving citizen, he received this same award 21 years ago. Next time you see him, wish him well, he’s retiring in only 13 more months. It’s going to take a special human being to fill those shoes.

Congratulations to all the winners and Thank You Chamber of Commerce for such a wonderful event. Looking forward to next year.

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[5-1-2017]

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