Friday, December 16, 2016

Destin Chamber Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary & Awards Outstanding Members

Past Presidents and Chairmen

Destin, Fla., Dec. 16 - On Dec. 15, the Destin Chamber celebrated its 50 years of service to the Destin community, during the 50thAnniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony presented by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital. The grand event, which was held at Destin’s newest luxury resort, The Henderson, culminated in a champagne toast led by 14 of the Chamber’s past chairmen and presidents. (See photo above)

More than 275 Chamber members were present to witness the festivities, including the presentation of the Chamber’s most prestigious annual awards, which were announced by Chamber Chairman Jonathan Ochs, Trustmark National Bank.

Jonathan Ochs - Amy Perry 
Jonathan Ochs - Kim Wintner
Jonathan Ochs - Jason Belcher Jonathan Ochs - Bill Head

(Top left) For her years on the Chamber’s board, her long-running role as host of the Chamber’s TV show, and for her company’s continued support of and involvement in Chamber programming, Amy Perry, Pleat & Perry, P.A., received the James D. Neilson, Sr., Chairman’s Award for Volunteer Service. Ochs also presented her with a plaque recognizing seven years of service to the Board of Directors, including one year as Chairman.

(Top right) Kim Wintner, Alliance Association Management Co. Inc., received the Business Person of the Year Award.

In presenting the award, Ochs read from the nomination form: “soft spoken with great compassion; takes great pleasure in raising up his employees; has a way of expanding your thought process enabling you to see things in a broader, brighter light; engages with everyone, taking a heart-felt interest in each individual; always conducts himself with dignity and respect; and treats everyone around him the same.”

(Bottom left) Jason Belcher, FNBT Bank, received the Ann Gibson Community Service Award.

“His love for his community and his fellow man shows through everything he does,” explained Ochs, after listing Belcher’s positive involvement in many area organizations.

(Bottom right) For the fourth straight year, the winner of the Paul Woolman Ambassador of the Year Award was Bill Head, for his untiring service to the Chamber and its Ambassador Program.

After the awards presentation, guests crowded onto the dance floor, as TriggerProof, dubbed “the Best Party Band of the South,” took the stage.

Thank you to all event sponsors that contributed greatly to the event’s success, including Title Sponsor Fort Walton Beach Medical Center & Twin Cities Hospital; VIP Reception Sponsor Trustmark National Bank; Gala Sponsors Dale E. Peterson Vacations and Newman-Dailey Resort Properties, Inc.; Entertainment Sponsor Destin Commons; Champagne Toast Sponsor ZT Motors of Fort Walton Beach; Platinum Sponsor Cox Communications, Inc.; Gold Sponsors Southern Light and Today's Fashion Boutique; Valet Sponsor CartoBlue; Cocktail Napkin Sponsor Insight Investments, LLC; and Sponsors Destin Beach Photography Company; Perfect Imprints; and Smile Y'all Photo Booth.

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