The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their 19th annual Business and Community Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, October 20 at the Pekin Country Club. The chamber’s Member Promotions Committee coordinated the luncheon, which was sponsored by Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Pekin Insurance, Pekin Trophy House & Engraved Gifts, The Greenhouse Flower Shoppe, Homefield Energy, and Pekin Hospital. Additional sponsors included Busey Bank, CEFCU, NRG Powerton, Pekin Community Bank, and Peoria Limousine.
Recognition was given to thirty-six area businesses and organizations in several different categories: new ownership or management; new business or building; additional employees; major retraining effort; new technology or major equipment investment; other business improvements; and, community involvement.
The speaker at the luncheon was Dave Kinzinger, founder, owner, and president of Fun on the Run. He shared his personal story of how he started Fun on the Run in 1996 and how it continues to grow.
Special recognition was given to Neighborhood House who has provided services to the community for 120 years. In 2011, they expanded their Meals on Wheel program to Tazewell County. This year they opened a Financial Opportunity Center.
Chamber Board President John Franks closed the program by thanking the audience for their support and their recognition of the accomplishments of others. He noted the importance of small businesses, the backbone and job creators of local economies.
The thirty-six businesses and organizations recognized for their achievements in the past year were:
· Advanced Medical Transport
· BodyWealth Massage
· Bond Eye Associates
· Brady’s Carpet Cleaners of Central Illinois, Inc.
· Cape Cod Village Apartments
· Career Link
· CT Gabbert Remodeling & Construction
· Dan Pfeifer State Farm
· Debbie Fornoff Interior Design and Draperies
· Double D’s Ice Cream
· DreamScapes Landscaping LLC
· Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Inc.
· Facet Technologies
· First Pekin Savings Bank
· First State Bank of Illinois
· Illinois American Water Company
· Innovative Medical Therapies
· Johnson Mechanical Service, Inc.
· Mackinaw Valley Winery
· Morningside Of Pekin
· PAL Health Technologies, Inc.
· Pekin Animal Hospital
· Pekin Hospital/Progressive Health Systems
· Pekin Insurance Company
· Pekin Lions Club
· Peoria Limousine Company
· Porter Electric
· Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC
· Sears Hometown Store
· South Side Bank
· The Hope Chest Stores of Central Illinois
· The Salvation Army of Pekin
· United Way of Pekin
· YWCA Pekin
· JL Hubbard Insurance & Bonds
· Neighborhood House