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  • Santa Maria Valley Chamber Celebrates Community Resiliency at Annual Awards Gala

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber’s 2021 Annual Awards Gala will celebrate community resiliency and honor the individuals, organizations and businesses who have shown their commitment to making a positive impact on the Santa Maria Valley community. The red carpet awards ceremony will take place August 27th from 6pm to 9pm at Marian Theatre (PCPA) on the Allan Hancock College Campus.

    “The Chamber is honored to highlight people and organizations that make Santa Maria such a great community,” said Glenn Morris, President & CEO of the Chamber. “After a unique and challenging year, we are excited to gather with our community once again and celebrate a few of the many outstanding local businesses and individuals in the Santa Maria Valley. This year’s recipients continue the tradition of excellence and unique contributions that makes Santa Maria the best place to live, work, and do business on the Central Coast!”

    This year’s award recipients include:

    • Ambassador of the Year: Naomi Altergott, World Financial Group/The Altergott Strategic Focus Team

    • Large Business of the Year: Morris & Garritano Insurance

    • Non-Profit of the Year: Allan Hancock College

    • Robert F. Grogan Public Service Award: Larry Lahr, Trustee (retired), Allan Hancock College

    • Robert P. Hatch Citizens of the Year: Sue Andersen and the healthcare staff at Marian Regional Medical Center

    • Small Business of the Year: Santa Maria BBQ Outfitters

    • Tourism Partner of the Year: Naughty Oak Brewing Company

    • Young Professional of the Year: Ivette Peralta

    In addition to recognizing the award recipients, the Chamber’s new Board of Directors will be formally installed during the event, and outgoing Board members will be recognized.

    This year’s Annual Awards Gala includes happy hour from 6pm to 7pm, and the awards ceremony from 7pm to 9pm.

    Learn More & Register!

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    Congratulations to all of this year's winners!



    Robert P. Hatch Citizens of the Year:
    Sue Andersen and the healthcare staff at Marian Regional Medical Center



    Large Business of the Year:
    Morris & Garritano Insurance



    Small Business of the Year:
    Santa Maria BBQ Outfitters



    Robert F. Grogan Public Service Award:
    Larry Lahr, Trustee (retired), Allan Hancock College



    Young Professional of the Year:
    Ivette Peralta



    Non-Profit of the Year:
    Allan Hancock College



    Tourism Partner of the Year: 
    Naughty Oak Brewing Company



    Ambassador of the Year:
    Naomi Altergott, World Financial Group/The Altergott Strategic Focus Team