The February 21st Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet was a celebration of our business community and citizens who have made and continue to make a positive impact in Baldwin City. Nineteen individuals and thirteen organizations/businesses were nominated across nine categories. The recipients were:

Business of the Year: Heritage Tractor

Horizon Award: JAW Bats

Partnership Award: USD #348

Excellence in Education, USD #348: Kit Harris

Excellence in Higher Education: Cassy Bailey

Community Service: Tony Brown

Outstanding Young Professional: Ethan James

Outstanding City Employee: Amara Packard and Melissa Good

Hometown Hero: Terry Baker

We thank Stony Point Hall for the venue and Homestead Kitchen & Bakery for a scrumptious meal. Baldwin State Bank, Kansas State Bank and Mid America Bank sponsored our social hour that engaged over 150 community members. We thank our table sponsors:

Full Table Sponsors: Baldwin City Recreation Commission, Baldwin State Bank, City of Baldwin City, Community Supporters, Lumberyard Arts Center, McFarlane Aviation, Mid America Bank, PK Therapy LLC, Rodrock Chiropractic and USD 348

Half Table Sponsors: Auburn Pharmacy, Integrity Midwest Insurance, Kansas State Bank, New Frontier Tax and Business Services, Rice Precision Manufacturing.

New this year, we had a silent auction and we thank the following: A&H, Ande Parks, Baker University, Baldwin City, Baldwin City Fitness, Baldwin Golf Association, Baldwin State Bank, Baldwin’s Pies, Elite Chiropractic, Imperium Publishing, JA Local Woodcraft, JAW Bats, K-State Research and Extension Douglas County, Kansas Belle Dinner Train, Kimsey Counseling, KU Athletics, Living Space, LLC, McFarlane Aviation, Queen of Tarts, Rodrock Chiropractic.

Finally, we thank our Chamber members who work every day to create a thriving local economy and vibrant place to live, work and play.