The Escondido Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 107th annual installation and awards dinner Friday with the Cuban-themed “Havana Nights,” at the California Center for the Art, Escondido. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and appetizers, followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. The evening ends at 9 p.m.
The evening is being advertised as “An evening of cocktails and Latin infused food while listening to the rhythm of Cuba, as we honor excellence in our business community.”
And, of course, being Cuban-themed, there will be drinks such as Cuba Libres (rum and Coke) and Mojitos, with live music provided by the Latin sounds of “Jimmy & Enrique,” with a special live demonstration by artist Stephen Fishwick.
The Viejitos Auto Club will be bringing two vintage vehicles, which will be parked at the entrance for photo ops.
Dinner entrees include Flat Iron Steak, Seared Salmon or Vegetable Napoleon followed by the awards presentation and installation.
The following awards will be presented:
Jim Felix Community Volunteer of the Year: Tina Inscoe.
Jack Raymond Civic Engagement Award: Dr. Karen Haynes, California State University San Marcos.
Community Organization of the Year: Escondido Police Department, Chief Craig Carter.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Maurice Trammel and Cheryl Wright, Wright Trammel Transportation.
Business Leader of the Year: Dr. Derry Connolly, John Paul the Great Catholic University.
Community Enhancement: George and Cynthia Weir, Weir Asphalt Construction.
Ambassador of the Year: John Schwab, All Brand Toner.
Family Owned Business of the Year: Alhiser-Comer Mortuary Escondido, Stuart Comer, Megan Comer and Nicole Lockrem.
Board Member of the Year: Ernie Cowan, North San Diego County Association of Realtors
Rookie Board Member of the Year: Matthew Pound, Escondido Sand and Gravel.
Proclamation: 2016-2017 Board Chairman Linda Bailey, Community Strategies Group.