The Marana Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its 6th Annual Community & Business Builder Awards. The recipients are: Gabrielle M. Luoma, CPA, Pllc, in the one-to-four employee category; Cutters Point Coffee, five to 49 employees; Vantage West Credit Union, 50 or more employees; and Rotary Club of Marana, for a non-profit organization.
The Community & Business Builder of the Year Awards were established to recognize companies that have contributed to building the Marana community. Marana Mayor Ed Honea presented the awards during a ceremony held Feb. 17 at the Tower Theatres.
“The Marana Chamber focuses on building business and community relationships and these awards are a way to recognize those companies that exceed in doing that,” said chamber president/CEO Ed Stolmaker. “All the companies recognized are superb examples of businesses working to build economic growth and improve the quality of life in Marana.”
About the winners:
• Gabrielle M. Luoma CPA, Pllc, is a co-founder of High Heels for Hope and strives to mentor and empower women of all ages. She has worked with Sahuaro Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and sponsors of the Mountain View High School Cheer team. Working through the Tucson Extreme Business Makeover program, she has helped the Tucson Alliance for Autism build a database of its clients. She also has provided pro bono accounting assistance to other nonprofits.
• Cutters Point Coffee has participated in many local fairs and fundraisers during 2010, including a fundraiser for a family who faced mounting medical bills. The company also provided complimentary coffee to local teachers and school staff members. Cutters Point also provided local musicians a venue in which to perform, and offered its retail space to a local church for use on Sunday evenings.
• Vantage West Credit Union sponsored the Marana Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner in 2010 and donated both money and food to the Community Food Bank. It supported Mountain View High School’s athletic programs, Ironwood High School’s band event and Marana Middle School’s annual musical. Even during difficult economic times, VWCU continues to extend loans to local small businesses
• Demonstrating their motto “Service Above Self,” Marana Rotary Club Rotarians donate time and money to such programs as Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-a-Road, the school district’s Snack Pack program, and the summer concert series. The club sponsors Boy Scout Cub Pack 261. In addition, they sponsored a high school exchange student from Spain as well as a Marana High School student’s participation in the Rotary Youth Leadership program.
Prior to the awards, chamber food service members provided food samples to about the crowd of about 150 attendees. They were: Boston’s The Gourmet Pizza, Bubby’s Chicago Style, Cattleman’s Café, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Creative Catering Corporation, Cutters Point Coffee, Home Made Simple and Texas Roadhouse.
The chamber awards were supported by the event’s presenting sponsor, Rosemont Copper, as well as e-Media, Integrity Automotive, Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility, Prill McGan, State Farm agent Gary Nicholl, Trico Electric Cooperative and Tucson Turf, said Stolmaker.
For more information, visit www.maranachamber.com or call 682-4314.