By: Stephanie Immelman
CEO of the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce
Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce got together at the Delray Beach Club on Oct. 10 for our annual celebration of Delray Beach businesses. This year’s Party in Paradise had a Luau theme with the Atlantic Ocean as our gorgeous backdrop. It was a wonderful evening of cama-raderie and celebration. Someone mentioned to me that it felt like the “old” Delray. Anyone who was around 10 to 20 years ago when the community was coming together to build up Delray will understand what that means and I definitely considered it a compliment.
But you didn’t have to be here 10 or 20 years ago to be part of what we are building at the Chamber today. We’re so proud of our members and the great things they are doing in this Community. We have a very strong Non-Profit Council, Young Professionals group and Chair-man’s Club. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be setting up shop at the Chamber this month. We are also aiming to build a Chamber of the 21st century and are working to reach out to our membership and our community via all the communications channels we have available today. There is a lot going on at the Delray Chamber and we invite all businesses to be a part of what we are building here.
Now, on to the winners of The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Achievement Awards:
Crystal Palm Award for Community Service
Non Profit of the Year
Business of the Year
Young Dentistry led by Dr. Marcie Young
Business Person of the Year
Nancy Reagan of Bella Reina Spa
We also gave the Lifetime Achievement Award to architect and local legend, Bob Currie, for his visionary artistry that helped to make Delray Beach our Village by the Sea. Francis Bourque ac-cepted the award on his behalf and gave a moving tribute to Bob, who sadly passed away on Oct. 11.