Gilbert Business, Educators, Leaders to be Honored at 22nd Annual Event

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Gilbert, education partners and others, will honor outstanding businesses and individuals on November 30th at the 22nd Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards, presented by APS.

The following award recipients will be recognized:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Scott Adamson, PH.D, Educator of the Year
Sharon “Cookie” Potter, Support Staff of the Year

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

Strong Tower Insurance Group, Spirit of Business Award
Val Vista Lakes Community Association, Visionary Award
Jasmine Holmes of 910 West, Leon Uhlhorn Chairman’s Award

Gilbert Public Schools

Shannon Gowens, Educator of the Year
Barb Zibell, Support Staff of the Year
Marie Ballerino, Volunteer of the Year

Higley Unified School District

Jennifer Robinson, Educator of the Year
Michelle Bogrett, Support Staff of the Year
Caroline Lamoreaux, Volunteer of the Year

Republic Media
Joe Johnston of Joe’s Real BBQ, Beautification Award
Katie Marqueling, Young Hero Award
Eric and Amy Mendoza, Geneva Clay Community Award

Town of Gilbert

Dianna Erickson, Municipal Volunteer of the Year
Engine 252 and Ladder 253, Tim Dorn Public Safety Award
Dana Berchman, Municipal Employee of the Year

Sponsored by APS, this formal evening is filled with celebration as we honor those in the community who have excelled in the areas of business, education and community involvement. A partnership between the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert Public Schools, Higley Unified School District, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the Town of Gilbert and the Republic Media, the evening is truly a community event!

This event features Gilbert’s Culinary Showcase with samplings provided by some of your local, favorite restaurants. A cash bar will be available for the purchase of soda, beer, and wine.  Individual tickets are $55 or a table for eight can be purchased for $440. For more information, contact Sarah at (480) 941-6322 or register online at

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 700 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit

Submitted by Gilbert Chamber of Commerce

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