Nominations sought for Spirit of Excellence Awards in Peterborough

Published: 3/2/2020 9:01:11 PM


The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce will host its 41st Spirit of Excellence Awards Gala at the Peterborough Town Hall on Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Every year, the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce holds an annual gala honoring the region’s businesses, nonprofits, and outstanding citizens. Nomination forms have already been mailed to members and non-member businesses and a nominating committee will work to decide the winners. Winners will be announced at the gala.

The categories for this year are the following:

■Business of the Year Award

■Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award

■Man of the Year Award (public, private, trades, volunteer)

■Woman of the Year Award (public, private, trades, volunteer)

■The Pinnacle Award (public, private, trades, volunteer)

■The Paul Hobbs Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award

■The Jim Grant Youth Achievement Award

There is still time to nominate community members and organizations who have made an impact on the local economy and community. Requirements for each category can be found on the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce website at Nomination forms are due by Feb. 28.

Past winners have included organizations like End 68 Hours of Hunger, MAxT Makerspace, Monadnock Community Hospital, and Atlas Pyrotechnics. Past citizen winners have included Kin Schilling, Bob Pettegrew, James Kelly, Carol Cleary, and Robert Wilkins.

This year’s entertainment will feature music performed by The Double Crossers, a local roots band comprised of Gordon Berry, Paul Driscoll, Scott Heron, and Derek Russell Fimbel. The band performs an assortment of original music, traditional tunes, and contemporary covers.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Mike Dias, the executive director for the In-Ear Monitor International Trade Organization (IEMITO) located in Peterborough. Dias also writes and speaks about customer management, networking, and the sales process.

“I am happy to be part of this year’s event and look forward to recognizing all the nominees and participants,” Dias said.

Tickets for the gala banquet can be purchased online through April 3 or via check made out to the GPCOC. Both individual tickets and tables for eight are available. Advance tickets are $70 each or $560/table (purchased by Feb. 28). Regular price tickets are $80/each or $640/table (purchased by Friday, April 3).

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