For Immediate Release – February 17, 2014
(Ocean Springs) – On Thursday, February 13, the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau hosted its Annual Banquet at Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center and where awards were given to volunteers and local businesses for their outstanding accomplishments in the community for 2013.
The Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau held its annual banquet on Thursday, February 13 at Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center. Annual award were given for recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the community during 2013.
Awards were given in the following categories: Volunteer of the Year-The Joseph F. Tinney Award, Ambassador of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Marketing Partner of the Year, Small Business Marketing Awards, President’s Award, and 2013 President Recognition.
Volunteer of the Year-The Joseph F. Tinney Award “The Worker” 2013 went to
Stopher and Lauren Haug and Judy and Fred Thurman. Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Ashley Peresich of Rushing & Guice and Sherri Johnson of Community Bank. Outstanding Volunteer of the Year went to Dr. Bill Moore and Steve Pivnick with Keesler Air Force Base and Scott Wells with Rushing & Guice. Restaurant of the Year was presented to Vestige Restaurant. Small Business of the Year went to Coffee Fusion owned by Adam Flinchum. Marketing Partner of the Year was given to South Mississippi Living Magazine Small Business Marketing Award went to Tato-Nut Donut Shop and W.P. Shelton Jewelers. The President’s Award was presented to Jocelyn’s Restaurant. Community Partner of the Year Award was awarded to Mississippi Main Street Association and the President for 2013 appreciation award was given to Paige Riley with Hillyer House.
The banquet was sponsored by Charter Bank, Compton Engineering, C Spire, Gulf Hills Hotel & Conference Center, Gulfside Periodontics, Hancock Bank, M&M Bank, Mississippi Power and South Mississippi Living.
Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau is a non-profit organization representing more than 500 business members with a mission to promote tourism, provide progressive leadership for economic and community vitality for the greater Ocean Springs, Jackson County area and gulf coast and to enhance local culture and preserve quality of life through planned growth, diversification and beautification.
For more information on the awards or the event, please contact the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce – Main Street – Tourism Bureau at 228-875-4424.