Chamber Winter Gala celebrates best of Tracy Community
by TP staff
Jan 31, 2014 | 701 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Awards for achievements and service to the community were presented Friday at the Tracy Chamber of Commerce Winter Gala in Tracy Community Center.

Topping the honorees were two Citizens of the Year — Onalee Koster, director of Tracy Historical Museum since 1993, and former City Council member and 20-year volunteer D.A.R.E. instructor Steve Abercrombie.

A special “From the Heart” Award went to Rich and Cindy Souza in recognition of their work in providing an opportunity for young boys and girls with cognative and physical disabilities to participate in Little League baseball.

Carol Newman, a technical representative for Surtec, a local manufacturer and distributor of janitorial cleaning chemicals, supplies and equipment, was recognized as Ambassador of the Year for her volunteer work of representing the Chamber, especially among new businesses to Tracy, since 2005.

The Business of the Year award was accepted by Dr. David Moline on behalf of Tracy Optometry Group, which was founded in 1983. It has provided more than 240 no-cost eye exams and glasses in their participation with Sutter Tracy Community Hospital’s community health fairs along with donating eye drops to 3,000 firefighters during the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County.

Robert and Adele Bloch, a husband-and-wife team that operates Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, were presented the plaque as Entrepreneurs of the Year. The year-old business has hosted 70 fundraisers and donated 20 percent of sales to local high schools, sports teams and foundations.

Dr. Paul Teranishi, a native of Tracy and local dentist for 30 years, was awarded the Professional of the Year award in recognition of his professional accomplishments an also for participating in fund-raisers such as the Boys and Girls Clubs golf tournament and others.

The Organization of the Year award for Surtec Adopt-a-Family was accepted by Bill Fields, president of the Tracy firm. Adopt-a-Family, founded by Fields in 1991, has provided food and gifts to 5,551 needy families and 15,856 children during the holiday season.

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