It was an honor to be nominated alongside so many great nonprofits in our community. We could not have accomplished all that we did in 2015 without support from volunteers who assist many of these same nonprofits. Thank you for the recognition and support!
Repost from Wimberley Chamber of Commerce, January 22, 2016:
Chamber members cast their ballots and the winners were announced for the 2015 Business of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year at the January Chamber Luncheon. Four businesses had been nominated for the distinction including Ace Hardware, Brookshire Brothers, Jobell Café & Bistro and Santa Fe Connection and nine nonprofits were nominated including Barnabas Connection, EmilyAnn Theatre & Gardens, Hays County Republican Party, My Neighbors Keeper, St. Stephens Episcopal School. Wimberley Adoption Group and Rescue, Wimberley Crisis Bread Basket, Wimberley Education Foundation and Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance.
Ace Hardware was the business chosen for Business of the Year. The 85 people in attendance stood, clapped and cheered as Ace was announced the winner. Everyone recognized how Ace Hardware owners and employees rallied much of our community to come to the aid of flood victims in 2015. Cathy Moreman, Executive Director of the Chamber and John Palumbo, Finance Director congratulated Tad Degenhart, owner of Wimberley Ace Hardware and Cary Palumbo, store manager, as they accepted the award. Mr. Degenhart expressed his gratitude to the Chamber and to the Wimberley community for the support of Ace Hardware and for our community’s efforts during the flood recovery.
There was a tie for Nonprofit of the Year. Barnabas Connection, in addition to its mission of providing resource referrals, sponsoring Senior Expo, Back to School Fiesta and Christmas Store, has been instrumental in collecting and distributing funds for flood recovery and rebuilding. To date Barnabas has collected $1.3 million and has assisted 308 clients who have gone through or are currently in case management. Vicki McCuistion, Director of Barnabas, accompanied by Gina Maples, Flood Office Assistant, accepted the first award for Nonprofit of the Year.
Wimberley Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance (WVACA) was the second winner of Nonprofit of the Year. WVACA, formed by the Chamber of Commerce, is the organization responsible for achieving the Texas Cultural District designation for Wimberley and for producing the “Bootiful Wimberley” public art project and Wimberley Alive Music and Arts Festival. Jan Fitzhugh, President of WVACA accepted the award and thanked chamber members for their support.