Fresh from a wild hustle to relocate their event, the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce honored its 2013 Business and Community Award winners Oct. 1 at the organization’s fourth annual “Suits and Sneakers” celebration.
The event originally was scheduled to be held at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in McLean, but the park was closed because of the federal government’s shutdown that began the same day.
Chamber leaders contacted McLean Community Center executive director George Sachs, who agreed to hold the event that evening in the chamber’s outdoor courtyard.
The chamber also sent out an emergency e-mail blast to its members, vendors and award recipients to inform them of the venue change.
The scramble paid off and guests spent the evening, as they have in years past, sampling food from restaurants, visiting vendors’ booths and lauding the chamber’s honorees.
This year’s award winners were:
* Gannett Inc., Corporate Partner.
* Fluffy Thought Cakes, Small Business of the Year.
* New Dominion Women’s Club, Community Volunteers of the Year.
* OP3, Collaborative Impact Award.
* The JBG Cos., Outstanding Business Citizen.
* Color Wheel, Environmental Wellness Award.
* Ann Seaman, Community Leadership Award.
* Del. James Scott (D-53rd), Community Leadership Award.
* Merritt Green of General Counsel, P.C., Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year.
* McLean Pharmacy, New Business of the Year.
* Pamela Danner and Tom Mangan, Mary Kingman Pillar of McLean Recognition Award winners.
* James Makely, Mark C. Lowham Community Engagement Excellence Award.
* McLean Citizens Association president Sally Horn, Community Impact Award.
* Tachibana, Restaurant of the Year.
* Goeller’s Art & Office Supplies, Retailer of the Year.
* Federal Home Co., Doug DeLuca, Innovative Business of the Year.
* Chain Bridge Bank, Community Champion.
* Glenn Yarborough, Greater McLean Chamber and McLean Rotary Citizen of the Year.
* Safe Community Coalition, Non-Profit of the Year.
Chamber officials also bestowed awards on two local members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Ana Mittal was honored at Administrative Volunteer of the Year and Lt. Antonio Trammell was named Firefighter of the Year.
In addition, the chamber honored two members of the Fairfax County Police Department. Pfc. Chris Barr was named Police Officer of the Year and Robert Moseley was honored as Auxiliary Police Officer of the Year.