Exeter Chamber of Commerce’s 96th Annual Banquet will honor the community’s best Feb. 23


EXETER – Exeter’s Annual Chamber of Commerce Awards banquet is just around the corner on Feb. 23, and the Exeter Chamber has been building excitement as they surprised their recipients one at a time.  

Man of the Year – Johnny Carr
Johnny Carr defines what it means to be an active member of the community. He is a member of the Exeter Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, Mural Docent and an Exeter Chamber Ambassador. Carr’s daily trivia ensures we are always learning something new. Johnny Carr exemplifies Exeter’s Small Town Charm.

Woman of the Year – Terri Guzman
To say Terri Guzman takes an active role in our community would be an understatement. Most notably her contributions to Exeter Relay for Life have helped to make Exeter a national example to follow. Terri’s involvement in our community is what makes our town special.

Heritage Award – Susan Gambini
California native, Susan Gambini said she is “incredibly honored” by being name recipient for the Heritage Award. Together with her husband Barry, they have fostered 350 foster children.

“We never had cooked dinner for less than 10,” she said.

“At one point, as a foster parent, he (Barry) looked at me and said, ‘I’m tired.’

“’God has a plan for us,’ I told him, ‘You get to tell the Big Guy upstairs we’re not doing it anymore.’”

The Gambinis have been very blessed, Susan Gambini said. Because they have done well in life, they have been able to give more. She is sure there are others who have done more for their community or would like to but just haven’t the means to support it. Therefore, she humbly said, there are others, she is sure, more worthy of the award.

Beautifications Award – Mustard Seed Acre
Mustard Seed Acre has transformed a baron patch of land into an urban agricultural paradise on N. F St. The business has raised the bar when it comes to locally sourced produce. Due to their efforts Exeter continues be an example for communities to follow. This family has proven beauty and business go hand in hand. The beauty of Exeter will continue to evolve through the efforts of this business. Thank you Mustard Seed Acre for enriching the food and artistic landscape of our community.

Business of the Year – Tricia Kirksey Real Estate
Tricia Kirksey Real Estate is more than a place to fulfill the needs of our modern market. Through the combined efforts of a dedicated professional staff this business has provided financial support to numerous community events. Events such as Spirit of the Holidays, Fall Festival, and the Christmas Open House, to name a few. Tricia Kirksey Real Estate is proof you can succeed through giving. Kirksey and her team believe in Exeter and the small town has become even more charming because of their efforts. 

TF Tire and Service has been named Recycler of the Year by Mid Valley Disposal.
The Exeter Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Exeter Veteran’s Memorial Building. Table sponsorships are available and tickets are $50 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Chamber at (559) 592-2919.

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