We would like to thank everyone who attended our Awards Banquet on April 22, 2017. We had several nominees for the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Volunteer Group of the Year as well as for┬áthe Community Center Volunteer Award. The event was hosted at and catered by Montesano Community Center and the meal was wonderful. We appreciate the great work the Community Center does to put on wonderful events for us.

This year’s nominees for Volunteer Group of the Year

  • Montesano Community Education Group
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Montesano Girl Scout Troop 41645

The 2016 award for Volunteer Group of the Year went to Montesano Girl Scout Troop 41645. This group of girls volunteers time to cleaning Montesano (specifically after Festival of Lights), Ocean Shores (specifically on the 5th of July), collecting and making donations to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, collecting and working to prepare shipments/deliveries for Operation Christmas Child, and even petitioning and raising funds for Kelsey Park improvements.

This year’s nominees for Business of the Year

  • Montesano Internal Medicine
  • Whitney’s
  • Timberland Bank
  • Monte Fitness Center

The award for 2016 Business of the Year went to Monte Fitness Center. They offer fitness classes and training but also offer kids camps during the summer. They donate to numerous organizations in town and do fundraisers throughout the year including a hot cocoa fundraiser during Festival of Lights where all funds are donated to the Children’s Advocacy Center. They have partnered with the Chamber to donate a 1 month free membership to each Student of the Month and they employ many local high school and college students. They truly are more than a fitness center. They are a community hub that promotes friendship and health.

This year’s nominees for Citizen of the Year

  • Tami Combs
  • Virginia Nelson
  • Moraya Wilson

The award for 2016 Citizen of the Year went to Moraya Wilson. Moraya is a very active part of the Montesano community. She’s been on the Chamber of Commerce board for about twelve years. For the last seven years she has helped and chaired the Festival of Lights. She has also served as an officer and been very active in the PTO, Football Boosters and is now serving on the Montesano School Board. She also serves on the Grays Harbor Tourism board and has been a huge help in obtaining funding for local events. She and her family run successful businesses in Montesano and are proud supporters of local groups and athletics. She continually devotes her time to this community and creating a promising future for the youth in Montesano.