Annual Awards Dinner & Gala
Our Annual Awards’ Dinner & Gala is a fun event hosted the last Friday in January each year. At this event we recognize Small Business, Large Business, New Chamber Member Business, Non-Profit and Chamber Citizen of the Year for their dedication and service to Santa Fe. The Nominees are submitted by fellow Chamber Members and then sent out through social media and email to the community for final vote.
2017 Small Business of the Year Nominees:
The owner, John VanDrunen is a positive person and always ready to help. Airvantage provides a service to the community that promotes quality of life for everyone.
Ambit Energy, Sabrina Stokley
Sabrina is a great supporter of the chamber and the community. She is always ready to help and support other's businesses and causes. She has a good product in Ambit Energy and promotes it in a pleasant, ethical way.
Blue’s Bar & Grill
Bugwacker Pest Control
Jeff and Janell have taken care of our business for the last several years, including our new offices in League City. He does what he says and says what he does and he is extremely personable, has vast knowledge about what he does, and doesn't offer you something that isn't needed. His pricing is fair, for the work he does, and I refer him to as many that I can because of his professionalism and quality of work done.
Crowder Funeral Home
Jimbo's Nursery is very active in the community and shows their support by attending events and helping to sponsor various things throughout the year. They have sponsored meals for teachers during testing and help with the City's Parks Board. Just a wonderful husband and wife team who make Santa Fe beautiful and successful through their work.
WINNER: Kats BBQ
Kats is very supportive of the community; especially during Harvey and with the bicycle drive.
Lone Star Pharmacy
Nanny’s Way Bakery
Amazingly good home cooked food, very nice and welcoming storefront. Great owner, very sweet and hardworking.
RE/MAX Crossroads Realty
Wagner has been in business in Santa Fe forever as a family owned company. This company is the definition of what a true, small town, family owned company should be. They are involved in the community and represent a great family name.
2017 Large Business of the Year Nominees:
ACU of Texas
ACU of Texas has done a wonderful job of helping to support our community and our businesses. They have exemplary customer service and are out and about in our community trying to make a difference. They support school fundraisers and sponsor chamber events. Jack Click and his team continuously support the Santa Fe area with the event wagon. ACU of Texas has jumped right in and gotten involved with our community by having people serve on local boards and by getting involved at events.
Supports community events and is always on the job during emergencies.
Classic Auto Group Galveston
They care about the needs of their customer.
Haak Vineyard’s & Winery
Haak brings a lot of people to our community and offers a lot of unique networking opportunity. Haak Vineyards and Winery is such a beautiful place and a great gathering place in the community. All the events they have during the year gives us all a great place to go and meet with others in the community.
Pook’s offer a great small town atmosphere. They bring lots of outsiders to Santa Fe and offer their support within the community.
WINNER: Sonic Drive-In of Santa Fe
A big employer of the community! Sonic gives back to the community and funds the needs at the school and HIS Ministries! They also provide their “drive-in” and “drive-thru” to the many fundraising efforts organized by local Booster Clubs and youth programs.
State Farm Insurance – Agent, Greg Gardner
Greg and his team have served our communities in ways most cannot compare. His giving back, to all causes, and his support is tremendous. There isn't anything in our community he or his team have not supported. On a personal note, my entire family does business with Greg. He was personally there for my family when my BNL passed, as well as when my In-Laws home flooded, and his team (Daina especially) supported my daughter when she entered into A&M last fall. (He gave her his cell phone number and said if she ever needed him, to call. What agent does that, but one who truly cares about those he serves.) Greg's personal care of his clients is genuine and he has a servant's heart for the community he serves.
Texas First Bank – Santa Fe
Texas First Bank just celebrated 40 years of serving the Santa Fe community. You always see a representative from Texas First involved in the community in some way.
The Post Newspaper
2017 New Chamber Member of the Year Nominees:
Abundant Life Christian Center
Chuck Emerson Agency
Chuck networks with other senior care professionals. He provides an important service for older adults and family caregivers who are seeking resources and information to meet the challenges of aging.
Ernie Smith & Sons Roofing Company
Carl and his team were very beneficial to the citizen's of Santa Fe in their recovery from Harvey. They might be new to the Chamber, but not new to our community. They have been serving our community for a number of years. Great customer service!
Red Dirt & Blue Jeans
All very nice and helpful. They have good food and have been working hard to serve our community. They are new to the area, but have been doing a good job of serving anyone who comes through their door.
It is so nice having this in our community and even though we use Galco for many things, this business offers so much more so we can continue with our "Shop Local/Support Local" business.
WINNER: Your Family Healthcare
was a much needed addition to Santa Fe. And when opened their doors for extra hours to help us deal with local flu spreading - wow! Nikki and her staff are Amazing! Glad to have her here!!!
2017 Non-Profit of the Year Nominees:
Animal Alliance of Galveston County
Arcadia First Baptist Church
College of the Mainland
WINNER: Dayspring Church
For their tireless efforts and outreach after Hurricane Harvey to Santa Fe residents. They opened their doors and became the “HUB” of Galveston County, providing truck loads of supplies to families desperate and in need.
Pentecostals of Santa Fe
Santa Fe Fire & Rescue
Santa Fe Area Historical Foundation
2017 Citizen of the Year Nominees:
Brad & Meredith Drake, Dayspring Church
They both worked very hard at helping families in our area; not just Santa Fe during Hurricane Harvey relief. They put together truck load after truck load of supplies for our local families in desperate need. They ministered to those that needed prayer and not once did they complain but thanked God for all the blessings. They truly represent what "Citizen of the Year" means!!!
Brian Barnes, Classic Auto Group Galveston
Joe Giusti, Galveston County Commissioner, Pct. 2
Gina Bouvier, SF Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
For her tireless efforts serving the Chamber, even when her own home was flooded in Harvey, and for her love of our community, our businesses within the community and for her care for the Chamber overall. I cannot imagine Santa Fe's Chamber without the hard work and dedication Gina brings and for her desire to continue learning new ways to support our communities businesses. I vote for Gina Bouvier as the Chamber Citizen of the Year.
Jason Tabor, DW Florals & Gifts
Jodi Gidley, Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation
Jodi and her family. Jodi is a strong activist for the Chamber and goes above and beyond to help make things happen. I have seen her recruit members for the Chamber, find ways to get businesses involved and she always has her family with her to help with setting up for activities or helping to ensure things are taken care of for the Chamber when needed. She shares information with the public about the Chamber whenever there is an opportunity and represents the Chamber in the best possible way.
Joel Sumrall, Santa Fe Fire & Rescue
Julie Beanland, Arcadia First Baptist Church
Julie has gone above and beyond to make sure the church is involved in the community. She's also grown the school within the church exponentially.
Robin Reid, Sonic Drive-In of Santa Fe
For her efforts in assisting H.I.S. Ministries throughout the year but mostly for her tireless efforts at Christmas time organizing, securing support and getting together bicycles and helmets for the H.I.S. Ministries Bucks for Bikes program. It is because of her and her support group that so many of our less fortunate children within the community have a Christmas.
Ruth Crosby, H.I.S. Ministries
She is always helping out our community. Ruth has a sweet spirit about her. She always goes the extra mile to help out. I know whenever I have called her to help somebody with assistance in our community, where it be food, clothing or utility, she always steps up to help. She always helps getting that person whatever assistance they need. She does a great job at H.I.S. Ministries.
Sabrina Stokley – Ambit Energy
Susana Finkel, Secure Mortgage Company
Susana is very involved in her profession and her community. She is supportive of other small businesses and makes an effort to stay in contact. She is very knowledgeable about real estate and the mortgage industry. She is a fun person to be around and a valuable asset to our community.
WINNER: Tommy Anderson, Santa Fe Fire & Rescue
Because he led Santa Fe Fire and Rescue during Hurricane Harvey and helped rescue citizens of this town and surrounding areas.