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June 23, 2016

Community Update by Curt Watts

Economic Development Director

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECOGNIZES ITS BEST & BRIGHTEST STARS

The City of Cathedral City works closely with its local Chamber of Commerce to promote and encourage continued success among members of the Cathedral City business and civic service community.  It’s especially fitting, therefore, that each year the City’s best & brightest “stars”, and those who support their continued success, are recognized at the Chamber’s annual Orion Awards.  This year’s event was held on Friday, June 17th at the recently renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the corner of Vista Chino & Landau Boulevard.

 The festive evening event began with a reception and silent auction featuring over fifty special offerings donated by area businesses and organizations.  The wide variety of silent auction items included restaurant gift cards & certificates, specialty packages for spa services, hotel stays and golf outings, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, a cruiser bike and a year-long VIP pass to the Mary Pickford Movie Theatre.  The dinner and awards announcements started with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem sung by 16-year old Demondra Martin from the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City.  Her stellar performance was coordinated with a flag salute featuring the “Presentation of Colors” by four student members of the Cathedral City High School Junior ROTC.

The evening’s signature presentation of the Orion Awards, recognizing outstanding performance and accomplishments in nine different categories, was masterfully led by Emcee Austin Ray, whose career credits include serving as the Master of Ceremonies & featured singer for the final show at the world renowned Stardust Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s Orion Award winners and nominees in each category:

• VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR - SUE TOWNSLEY

Member of Cathedral City Public Arts Commission, Cathedral City Historical Society Advisory Board and Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City Board of Directors

Additional Nominees: Alan Carvalho, Gillian Cross, Roger Culbertson, Loretta Nelson and Karen Panico-Willis.

• CITY OFFICIAL/STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR - DEANNA PRESSGROVE

Environmental Conservation & Public Works Manager for the City of Cathedral City

Additional Nominees: Stan Henry, Leisa Lukes, Charles McClendon, Josie Meza and Chris Parman

• RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR - BONTA RESTAURANT & BAR

Owned & operated by Hector & Petra Salvatierra - offering an eclectic Mediterranean, European & Argentinian cuisine in its 2nd year of operations on E.Palm Canyon @ Cathedral Canyon Drive

Additional Nominees: AJ’s on the Green, El Portal, Sammy’s Place, Tony’s Burgers and Zobo & Meester’s

• INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - ESCAPE ROOM PALM SPRINGS

A live adventure experience like no other – offering the perfect activity for date night, a night out with friends or corporate team building & special events.

Additional Nominees: Animal Samaritans, Frankie’s Old World Italian Bakery, Tesla, Winslow Drake and Zobo & Meester’s

• NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR - AGNES PELTON SOCIETY

Sponsor of Annual Cathedral City Home Tour of Artist & Historic Homes in Cathedral City Cove

Additional Nominees: Angel View, Cathedral City Historical Society, Desert ARC, DIGICOM and Invisible Sea

• WOMAN OF THE YEAR - KAREN PANICO-WILLIS

Member of Cathedral City Parks & Community Events Commission and Cathedral City Police Chief’s Advisory Council, Co-Owner of D & D Carpet

Additional Nominees: Lesa Bodnar, Phyllis Mongiello, Jonetta Page, Karen Riley and Sue Townsley

• MAN OF THE YEAR - SCOTT ROBINSON

Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Cathedral City

Additional Nominees: Natchhattar Chandi, Bart Gorendycke, Terry Nelson, Nick Nickerson and W. Bruce Steever

• SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – D & D CARPET

A family owned and operated full service flooring store on Perez Road, D & D Carpet has been helping Coachella Valley homeowners select and install new flooring for more than a decade.

Additional Nominees: Body Concierge, The David Rohr Floral Studio, FirstSigns Cathedral City, Performance Plus Automotive and Univocity Media

• LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – NICOLINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Opened by Mark and Rhonda Carnavale in 1985 with great recipes passed down from Papa Nicolino, this local favorite restaurant continues to be popular with all who enter its doors.

Additional Nominees: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Chandi Group USA, Forest Lawn, Rocky’s Pawn Shop and SERVPRO of Palm Springs
 

SPECIAL THANKS to the evening’s sponsors which included:

• Jessup Auto Plaza

• Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

• Bennion Deville Homes – Team Art, Terry & Kara

• BURRTEC

• Cathedral City Auto Center

• The David Rohr Floral Studio

• Desert Regional Medical Center

• The Desert Sun

• Eisenhower Medical Center

• Forest Lawn

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