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Annual Community Awards Banquet

Our 35th Annual Community Awards Banquet

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Hollywood East Café
/ 240-290-9988
11160 Veirs Mill Road, in Westfield Wheaton Mall, Wheaton, MD 20902

$40 by April 12 / $45 starting April 13 / $50 at the door
Dressy Business / Cocktail Attire

This annual awards dinner is a hallmark event of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber. We celebrate the connection and goodwill between citizens, businesses, schools, and public safety workers in the Wheaton & Kensington community. We ask the community to help us give thanks to those receiving these well-deserved annual awards.

For over 24 years, the Chamber has recognized the area high school students and also included monetary gifts provided by the various sponsors. The Chamber has been committed to encouraging local businesses to mentor the students destined to become future leaders.

The Chamber honored Los Chorros Restaurant this year. This “mom and pop” restaurant with authentic Mexican and Salvadorian taste and at-home feel is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year! In 1989 Pedro and Reina Lazo opened their own restaurant after 12 years of experience in the Mexican and Salvadorian food industry, and began as a 75-seat, carryout style restaurant.

After a renovation and expansion in 1995, Los Chorros grew to seat 175, with a full bar. The day-to-day operations have since been handed over to their two sons, Omar and Jason Lazo, who maintain the authentic tastes and feel, and they have also expanded their community service.

This tribute was given in recognition of their significant contributions, and quality food and service since 1989 in the Wheaton & Kensington Community.
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Vicky Surles WK Chamber Administrator, was surprised with the Chamber Appreciation Award. With her background in both fine arts and graphic arts, she is responsible for producing the event flyers, weekly e-notices, posters, bi-monthly newsletter, the Annual Awards Dinner program, and the annual Community Guide. She also does billing, event planning, and website updates & maintenance.

Since she started 12 years ago, Vicky has represented the Chamber in various activities such as the Wheaton Arts Parade, and manned the Chamber booths at outdoor festivals such as the Taste of Wheaton, and the Kensington Labor Day Festival. It is through her hard work and dedication that the Chamber remains an efficient, viable and well-respected organization.

Vicky Surles receives Appreciation Award

The 2018 Award Winners

See photos of the 2018 event by Samuel Corum
View the Bios of the 2018 Award Winners

The 2018 Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce Tribute Award

Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad

The Mid-County Citizen’s Advisory Board Citizen of the Year

Dan Thompson

The Mid-County Citizen’s Advisory Board Community Association of the Year

Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association

The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee Business Leader of the Year

La Familia Peredo (The Peredo Family)

The WUDAC Best Property Improvement of the Year

AVA Wheaton

The 4th Dist. Police Public Safety Award

Officer Charles Heffley

The Wheaton Vol. Rescue Squad Public Safety Officer of the Year Award

Firefighter Julio Deras

The Kensington Vol. Fire Dept. Public Safety Award

Master Firefighter Kevin Tighe

Einstein HS Teacher of the Year Award

Ms. Sarah Shipley

Einstein HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Abdoul Rachid Abdoulaye Idi Moussa

Einstein HS Student Community Service of the Year

Sarai Diaz

Kennedy HS Teacher of the Year Award

Meron Ogans

Kennedy HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Samuel Penate

Kennedy HS Student Community Service of the Year

Abbie Talmoud

Wheaton HS Teacher of the Year Award

Daniel Bates

Wheaton HS ESOL Student of the Year Award

Carlos J. Rodriguez Amaya

Wheaton HS Student Community Service of the Year

Aresema Workneh

The Chamber Member of the Year

Moses Wright, Block Advisors

The Chamber Business of the Year Award

All Eco Design Center

The Chamber Special Appreciation Award

Vicky Surles

The Chamber President’s Award

Janet Yu

Read the bios of the 2017 winners

Many thanks to the 2018 Community Awards Sponsors

Community Champions

Fitzgerald AutoMall-Wheaton; Greenhill Capital Corporation; IHOP Wheaton

Community Heroes

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center; Griswold Home Care, Aspen Hill-Wheaton; Hollywood East Cafe; Lindsay Ford of Wheaton; Los Chorros Restaurant; Privacy World at Glenmont MetroCentre; Washington Property Company

Community Partners

Appliance Distributors Unlimited; AQUAS, Inc.; Costco Wholesale; Ewing, Hines & Associates; Glenmont MetroCenter; Jubilee Association of MD, Inc.; Kensington House Apartments; Montgomery Housing Partnership; One Montgomery Green; Westfield Wheaton

Community Supporters

American Legion Wheaton Post 268; Ana G. Mendez University System; Kensington Jewelers & Precious Metals; Montgomery College; Onder Communications; Wheaton Shopping Center

Community Advocates

Academy of Professional Barber/Stylists; Cam Ranh Bay Pho & Grill; InterAct Story Theatre; Kensington Row Bookshop; Kindness Animal Hospital; Little Caesars Wheaton; Logan’s Automotive; Wheaton Studio of Dance

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