Business community gears up for 54th annual TVCC Awards Gala

More than 500 people are expected to attend the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual Awards Gala Saturday, Feb. 29, at Pechanga Resort Casino. Valley News/AshleyBee Photography photo

Several hundred members of the business and nonprofit organization community will be dressed in their black-tie best on Saturday, Feb. 29 to celebrate the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 54th annual Awards Gala at Pechanga Resort Casino.

“This is a big event because it honors the legacy of Temecula’s economic and community development, and it gives us an opportunity to celebrate what we add to that legacy each year,” Brooke Nunn, events director for the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce, said. “We are blessed to have so many businesses, nonprofits, and citizens in our valley whom we get the privilege to honor. We have deep roots here in Temecula and we are proud of our valley.”

Each year, the members of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce nominate businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who they feel serve as leaders in community service, business ethics, and economic development.

Dozens of businesses are nominated for the 2019 Bronze Business of the Year, Gold Business of the Year, Platinum Business of the Year, Ruby Service/Charitable Organization of the Year, and Emerald Service/Charitable Organization of the Year. Individual winners will be chosen for the 2019 Citizen of the Year and Valley Young Professional of the Year, as well as the Ambassador of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Chairman’s Choice and Welty Tourism awards.

The event is one of the largest of its kind in the valley, and it is quite a production.

“We have a rustic industrial theme this year,” Nunn said. “This will include elements of unique lighting, wood design, and metal accents – all made using the creative hands of artisans and small businesses here in the valley. We have some incredible silent auction prizes to bid on donated generously by the business community and there is a new band, Haute Chili Productions, who will be performing after the awards presentation.

“In addition, our event emcee and Past Chairman of the Board, Brian Connors, marketing director of Southwest Healthcare System, may have a big and special surprise up his sleeve.”

During dinner, Nunn said, multi-talented saxophonist and composer, ShaShaty will perform.

Nunn said it is important for members of the chamber to attend for many reasons.

“(They should attend) to recognize outstanding contributions made by our valley’s businesses, nonprofits and citizens,” she said. “To be inspired and to participate in celebrating our business community. And to reflect on what our day to day work efforts really amount to, as evidenced by the accomplishments we celebrate at the gala. It is also a high-class evening to mix and mingle with the who’s who of our valley.”

Nunn said the event wouldn’t be possible without “the many dedicated sponsors, businesses and volunteers who have contributed generously.”

This year’s Title Sponsor is Abbott, Premier Sponsor is Pechanga Resort Casino and the Community Partner is the city of Temecula.

Reservations are $155 per person and $1,650 for a corporate table of 10 guests and can be made at or by calling the Temecula Chamber office at (951) 676-5090. Tickets include a champagne reception, dinner, awards presentation and entertainment.

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