The Antioch Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Annual Inaugural Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 9, 2018 at the Lone Tree Golf Course & Event Center in Antioch.
The formal attire event begins with a social hour at 6 PM followed by dinner/program at 7 PM.The highlight of the gala is the recognition of Antioch’s 2017 Citizens of the Year, Business of the Year, Youth of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, followed by the inauguration of the 2018 Chamber Board.
The Antioch Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2017 Gala Award winners:
- Youth of the Year – Shagoofa Khan (winner), Sydney Palmer (runner-up)
- Non-Profit of the Year – Antioch VFW
- Small Business of the Year – Servepro of Antioch
- Large Business of the Year – Somersville Town Center
- Veteran of the Year – U.S. Navy, Vietnam Veteran and Antioch
- American Legion Commander Paul Scannell
- Citizen of the Year – Most Impact – Sandra Kelly
- Citizen of the Year – Lifetime Achievement – Jim Boccio
- Ambassador of the Year – Denise Baquing
Jim Boccio was named Citizen of the Year – lifetime achievement—after a lifetime of community service spanning five decades. Boccio is an Antioch High School Graduate (1943) and named football MVP in 1942. He served in the US Navy from 1943-1946, returning to Antioch after completing his service.
Boccio has been involved in many organizations such as the Antioch Historical Society, Antioch Rotary Club, Board Member of the Bedfrod Center, a founding member of the Sports Legends Hall of Fame, and participated in Antioch HS organizations.
Sandra Kelley was named Citizen of the Year with the most impact after working to improve the Antioch Marina to make contributions to make it more kayak-friendly. She is also on the Antioch Parks and Recreation Commission and has worked as a docent at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. She is also working with public safety and community engagement in crime prevention—serves as block captain of the C Street Neighborhood Watch Groups.
The Somersville Town Center over the past year teamed up with Relay for Life to host the first annual car and motorcycle show, they hosted a kids safety fair, while celebrating local seniors through a health walk which included resources. They were called an important part of the community who wants to help enrich the city.
Posthumous recognition will be given to Linda Fredrickson in recognition of her commitment to, and betterment of, the Antioch community.