Mahomet area businesses recognized at a red carpet event

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I can’t believe we’re nearing the halfway point of 2019, I never shared this blog from Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce which they turned their annual meeting into a star studded, red carpet, glitz and glamour event complete with an awards ceremony. I mean… look at all the stars, literally.

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And these are only the stars attending that held their stars. ;-) All the images from the evening can be viewed and downloaded at no charge here.

The committee did a great job of turning the high school cafeteria into a fancy venue for our awards ceremony.

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Leading up to the event all chamber members voted for their favorite in several categories: Startup Business of the Year, Health and Wellness Business of the Year, Food Service of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Overall Business of the Year.

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Oh, and here’s a fun fact that I think is pretty special… Sweet Lemonade Photography was informed in advance that we’d be recognized at the event for being in the Top 3 in the category of Small Business of the Year. How awesome is that? You have to keep reading if you want to find out if I won.

Before we got to the awards portion of the evening, we had dinner hosted by Jenkin’s Catering. They have catered a variety of events I’ve attend and their food is always delicious. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced caterer with great food and a friendly staff be sure to check them out. And thanks to the group of kids posted below from Mahomet- Seymour High School FFA and Choir for serving the guests. Mahomet Chamber donated to both organizations that took time out of their evening to make this event even more memorable.

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DESSERT AUCTION

After dinner, we had the opportunity to purchase dessert. What? You’re maybe wondering why dessert isn’t included. Well desserts are auctioned off to raise money for scholarships. This year’s dessert auction, thanks to the employees of local businesses present raised over $4,000 for Mahomet high school students. If you support businesses right here in Mahomet you have played a role in these scholarships. When you spend your dollars locally, many of those dollars are being given back to impact the lives of those you know. Who knows… your own child may receive one of these scholarships in the future. So thank you for shopping local. The kids who have received the scholarships thank you.

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John Rawdin of Remax, retired principal and auctioneer extraordinaire donated his time working the crowd to garner the highest dollar for every cake donated. All the cakes were donated by individuals or businesses and I wish I had the names of all those who donated. They all looked amazing but I found my hand being raised for anything with peanut butter in it. I had my eye on the Chocolate peanut butter fudge cake made my Lori at Cakes by Lori located in Mahomet IGA.

John Rawdin, our auctioneer for the evening.

John Rawdin, our auctioneer for the evening.


Many desserts were donated by Lucky Moon Pies, Sweet Designs, Cakes by Lori. If you’re needing to order a sweet treat you can’t go wrong with any of these local bakeries. In addition, staff from The Waterford, Farm Credit Illinois, Mahomet Insurance Centre, First State Bank of Forrest, Busey Bank, Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce, Champaign County Forest Preserve, First Financial Bank, Raptor Power Systems, Fisher National Bank, Ace Hardware, and Twist and Shout made desserts or had one of the local bakeries listed above create a delicious masterpiece for them to donate.


AWARDS CEREMONY

Startup Business of the year nominees were:

Lucky Moon Pies

Winderson's Creations

Yo Yo's

And the winner was Lucky Moon Pies!

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Health & Wellness Business of the year nominees were:

All About Animals Pet Clinic

Gibson Health

Walk Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Massage

And the winner was  Walk Chiropractic, Acupuncture & Massage!

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Food Sevice of the year nominees were:

JT Walker's

Jenkins Catering

Yo Yo's

And the winner was Yo Yo's ,who was not present to accept their award.


Small Business of the Year nominees were:

Bulldog Automotive

Sweet Lemonade

Yo Yo's

And the winner was Bulldog Automotive!

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I didn’t win Small Business of the Year, but the winner pictured above got my vote. I’ve been taking my vehicle to Scott’s shop for years. He’s a hard worker who knows his stuff. Not only has he repaired my vehicles at reasonable prices he goes above and beyond in helping me save money by inspecting used cars I considered buying for my son who recently got his driver’s license, spoke to me when my vehicle required a repair from the dealership so I knew what to expect, and all in all just a great guy.

And besides, I walked away with a star of my own… what else do I need? ;-)

Sorry Stacy. It’s the only photo I have of me with MY star. And I don’t get in front of the camera often so I have to share a pic of us with your eyes closed. ha! Oh, if you need of a realtor, give this guy a call. Check out this awesome video of Stacy LaCour that Matt Difanis of Re/Max produced about this guy I’m happy to call my friend.

Sorry Stacy. It’s the only photo I have of me with MY star. And I don’t get in front of the camera often so I have to share a pic of us with your eyes closed. ha! Oh, if you need of a realtor, give this guy a call. Check out this awesome video of Stacy LaCour that Matt Difanis of Re/Max produced about this guy I’m happy to call my friend.


Overall business of the year nominees were:

Guth & Associates

Mahomet Car Connection

Raptor Power Systems

And the winner was Guth & Associates!

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Servant of the year recognized was

Ann Paul form Helping Hands

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I loved hearing all about the work she has done over the years at Helping Hands. This women has quietly and tirelessly made a tremendous impact in our community. Thank you Ann!

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Volunteer of the year recognized was Lyn Ferdinand of Mahomet Insurance Centre. The amount of time she has donated throughout the years at Chamber events and other local events is amazing. Just hearing Darwyn list off all she has done exhausted me. ;-)

In addition to Lynn, pictured in right photo, Angela Barden and Walter Pierce also recognized Darwyn Boston, State Farm Agent, as outgoing MACC president.

In addition to Lynn, pictured in right photo, Angela Barden and Walter Pierce also recognized Darwyn Boston, State Farm Agent, as outgoing MACC president.

This fun event was a success thanks to a variety of businesses who donated their time and/or product, equipment and space. Thank you to Busey Bank, Mahomet IGA, The Waterford and Bridle Brook, Fisher National Bank, Grace Church, Keller’s Willow Springs Carpet, Sweet Lemonade Photography, Mahomet-Seymour High School, John Rawdin, Evan El Koury, and Matt Difanis. The excellence in business committee who designed the evening and provided a lot of sweat equity are Angela Barden, Gretchen Miller, Lisa Peithmann, Lisa Sprinkle and Walter Pierce.

If you love to check out new Mahomet businesses, be sure to check out the article about Winderson’s Creations. And if you have 4-legged members of your family you must check out Ruff Dayz and learn about their unique concept to doggy daycare.

And if you have kids, you’ll definitely want to read about this cool concept for photography.

XOXOXO,

Heather Sweet Lemonade Photography