Over the course of fifty two years, the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce has held their annual Top Ten Community Awards. Now, when people hear of an awards ceremony, it is prevalent to imagine the red carpet, shiny lights and gold trophies saga. Here at the Chamber, we do our best to dilute those ideologies and conform these special ceremonies to a more personalized level of recognition. Each year locals within the Camarillo community nominate a wide range of nominees for any of our twelve categories.
At this point you must be thinking, “twelve categories in a ‘Top Ten’?” That’s right! Up until 2014, the Chamber committee solidified our nominations as such: Man of the Year; Woman of the Year; Business of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; Service Organization of the Year; Public Servant of the Year; Educator of the Year; Volunteer of the Year; Youth of the Year; Senior of the Year. In 2014, the committee added an additional category, the Stan Daily Lifetime Achievement Award. A year later we included another, Philanthropy of the Year.
Between the endless nominations we receive and the vast array of careers amongst these individuals, expanding the opportunity for recognition seemed far more honorable. Allowing a wide range of options for the public has given our committee here at the Chamber a stronger sense of duty to make sure our Top Ten winners are the perfect fit for their winning category.
The public is open to nominate the same individual for more than one category and are also allowed to nominate as many candidates that they feel are appropriate for the nomination. Over the course of our Top Ten annual events, we have had repeat nominees, nominators and even winners. Nominations can be found on our website and are only open for a specified time frame! Have you missed any past nominations? Don’t worry, there is always next year! No, literally… There is ALWAYS next year.
Not only is this awards ceremony about the winners, but it is also about the work that they do and the lives they impact. We all know that certain someone in our lives who performs selfless acts and implores positivity to those around them. These awards are dedicated to those exact individuals. The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce ensures to give the most upright cognizance to our Top Ten winners each and every year. We welcome all of you to join us at our 2019 Top Ten Community Awards on Friday, March 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased on our website www.camarillochamber.org under our Events Calendar tab. Hope to see you there!