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Blog Post: 2022 Annual Gala Recap

Annual Gala 2022 Recap

On November 30, 2022, the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Gala. The Annual Gala had an attendance of 385 people, making it a sold out event.

The speakers for this event included: President and CEO of Peoples Bank of Kankakee, Jeff Hammes, President and CEO of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, Ashley Villarreal, 2022 Chair of the Board, John Keigher, 2023 Chair of the Board, Lisa Ravesloot, and past award winners.

During the presentation, board members retiring, renewing, and nominations were announced. Also, the 2023 Executive Committee and the 2023 Board of Directors were announced.

Award Winners 

Small Business of the Year: Candy & Cake

Large Business of the Year: Peoples Bank of Kankakee County

New Business of the Year: Rise & Thrive Wellness

Not-For-Profit Business of the Year: United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties

Innovation and Technology: Carlile Group

Manufacturer of the Year: Nucor Steel

Ambassador of the Year: Annie Mitchell

President's Award: John Keigher




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