Chamber celebrates service and success

This winter, more than 40 business nominations were up for a public vote in the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards. The 2019 “Best of the Quiet Resorts” awards were announced Jan. 16 at the 2020 membership celebration at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.

“Tonight is really about celebrating everything our community stands for,” said Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Chamber. “The people that show up, come here, work hard …  every year — I am dumbfounded by the ‘yeses,’ by the giving, by the collaboration and just really, really, grateful to be part of this community.”

The event also began the tenure of the 2020 Chamber Board President Max Hutsell (Edward Jones financial advisor) and the slate of new board members.

The prestigious “Lighthouse Award” was presented to Garth Troescher of Garth Enterprises for being “a driving force for the Contractors for a Cause Foundation … using his crews and resources to better our neighbors, to fundraise, organize food drives and [being] responsible for the building of Justin’s Beach House” respite house for families affected by cancer. He received a specialized ornament from Bellinger’s Jewelers for this lifetime achievement award.

Among multiple nominations, Lord’s Landscaping won both the “Community Spirit” award and “Member of the Year” award.

“Pat and Amy [Hughes] have done a ton,” Weaver said, including personal dedication to their free Family Fun Night that “raised over $10,000 dollars for the Ball 4 All Foundation. And now they have a beautiful mural that they really wanted to build with the businesses in their community.”

Custom Mechanical and Regan Deck won the “Inspiring Business” Award, for actively encouraging and perpetuating business innovation, freely sharing ideas and opinions regarding business issues and being a catalyst for the future of business.

“Regan is consistently collaborating with businesses and closely worked with the Town of Selbyville” when the Southern Sussex Rotary took over the Christmas Parade, “and they absolutely killed it! And a large part of its success was because of Regan,” said Weaver.

The “Best in Business” Award was split into three categories this year to show the full range community impact, for high quality customer service above and beyond industry standards.

Bethany Beach Books won the Best in Business Award (Restaurant & Retail) for operating a successful year-round business that continues to create new ways to bring people into their store.

ResortQuest won the Best in Business Award (Real Estate & Construction) for their support of the Chamber and large-scale, but high-quality service, year-round.

Bed & Biscuit Kennel won the Best in Business Award (Services) for going above and beyond to care for every pet they house.

Prickly Gal Boutique & Surf Shop and Logan Galbreath won the “New Member of the Year” Award, presented to a new Chamber member that immediately became active after joining, whether through networking, events, volunteerism or otherwise.

Katina Dawson won the Ambassador of the Year Award (voted by her fellow Chamber Ambassadors) for her energy and passion toward her career, family and community.

Next year is the 45th anniversary of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, a 501(c)(6) organization.


By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter