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The Springville Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors wishes to thank the volunteers and sponsors that made our 2018 Awards Event possible. Emerling Dealerships sponsored our Community Service - Business and Community Service - Individual categories.

Springville Times was our Student of the Ye ar sponsor. And, Sheret Jewelers, the Business of the Ye ar in 2017, sponsored this year’s Business of the Ye ar.

Chamber President Bill Gugino and Village of Springville Mayor Bill Krebs introduced most of the award recipients, which included: Community Service - Individual (Joe Emerling); Community Service - Business (LJ Grand Livery Stables); Nonprofit of the Ye ar (Concord Historical Society); Small Business of the Year (Fiesta Bamba); and Business of the Ye ar (Emerling Dealerships).

Village of Springville Trustee Nils Wikman, last year’s Citizen of the Year, introduced this year’s awardee Kara Kane, while SGI High School Principal James Bialasik introduced Student of the Year MacKenzie Engel.

The 4 Under Forty recipients, Melissa Frank, Reed Braman, Jessica Schuster, and Scott Kearns, were also recognized. There will be an additional event later this year to acknowledge their contributions to the community. All honorees received proclamations from NYS Sen. Patrick Gallivan, whose local representative Karen Howard was on hand at the event.

Our celebration of Springville on Feb. 3 welcomed more than 170 guests at St. Aloysius Hall.

We express our thanks to the volunteers who staffed the door and bar area: Charles Weber; Scott Vaccaro; Jolene and Thomas Hawkins; Erin Horton and Edible Crush Catering; musicians from the Concord Historical Society; and Paul at St. Al’s for helping with our set-up. A very special “thank you” goes to Katie Krawczyk, partner and president of 19 IDEAS, who delivered the event’s keynote speech. She shared the story of how her full-service marketing company grew from a one-person shop to a 15-person enterprise, recognized by Business First as one of the fastest growing companies in Buffalo for two years in a row.

Save the date for our next event, the Springville Craft Beer and Wine Festival on Saturday, May 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Springville Volunteer Fire Department.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering, our next event committee meeting will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at B& B Homes, 14220 US219, Springville.

Thank you again to everyone involved for your support of the Springville area and beyond and congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners.

Sincerely, Springville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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