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Chamber announces community winners at Annual Banquet - Development Project of the Year goes to the Highway 6/101 realignment project

The Herald Highlight - January 24, 2019 - January 31, 2019

Saturday, area business leaders, citizens, chamber staff and board members filled the Tillamook County Fairgrounds for the annual Community Awards Banquet and fundraiser.

According to Justin Aufdermauer, this year beat any prior year for donations and funds raised, but he cautioned that the tally is not complete.

“We probably did close to $25K in the live and silent auction this year, which was amazing,” Aufdermauer said Monday morning from his Chamber office. “Last year was a record year when we raised a little over $19K, but with all of our added sponsors, and donations and auctions, I’m hoping we came in closer to the $30K mark, but we are still figuring that out.”

Aufdermauer was happy with the turnout for the annual event; he said more that 400 attended ‘A Night in Portugal banquet and auction.

“Each year, it feels like this event gets more and more recognition from the community,” he said. “It was a packed house with more than 400 people who came out to celebrate with us.”

Award Winners:

After a moment of silence for renowned chef and community partner, Tommy Flood, owner of the Schooner Restaurant and Lounge who passed away recently, award winners were announced.

“The entire evening was one of high emotions,” Aufdermauer said. “The Schooner crew honored [Flood] well by carrying out a flawless paella in what I dub as ‘Tommy’s insanely large paella pans.”’

The first ever Program of the Year award was given to Shop with a Cop program, which received a huge standing ovation from those in attendance.

“This program is in it’s 15th year in Tillamook and has helped more that 650 children have a merry Christmas,” Aufdermauer said. “The community pride for this program was electric, and it was a well deserved win.”

Ken Werner was awarded Citizen of the Year out of 10 total nominees.

Both Werner Beef and Brew and Werner Brewing Co. received nominations in other award categories as well. “We would not be enjoying either of these businesses without the foundation that Ken Werner has laid,” Aufdermauer added.

Business of the was awarded to the Blue Heron French Cheese Company.

“Not only do they provide a world-class visitor experience, their community spirit is tangible,” Aufdermauer said. “The love and support that the Pastegas have bestowed on Tillamook County is a testament to their long term commitment to both our visitors and our citizens.”

Madalines Vintage Marketplace took the Small Business of the Year honors.

“These ladies provide impeccable consumer service and create a storefront that sets a high bar for the rest of our downtown retailers,” Aufdermauer said.

Development Project of the Year went to the Highway 6/101 realignment project.

“In the end, I think we can all understand and agree that despite the hardships of the last three years the investment in our city was well worth it,” Aufdermauer added. “Thank you for celebrating with us, we look forward to another tremendous year.”

Original article in the Tillamook Headlight Herald