All Our Best: Chamber Of Commerce 2014 Annual Awards & Recognition Gala

All Our Best: Chamber Of Commerce 2014 Annual Awards & Recognition Gala

by Jeff Lily | photos © 2014 Bernie Laframboise

The best and brightest local individuals and businesses were honored at the Ferndale and Oak Park Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards and Recognition Gala on November 14. The Gala was held at the Twist Night Club, and presented by Gage Products Company of Ferndale and Paramount Precision Products of Oak Park.

The event lived up to its “gala” billing, with entertainers, strolling waitresses with appetizers, a silent auction featuring products and services donated by over 90 area businesses and individuals, and the opportunity to rub elbows with the smart, driven, and just plain friendly folks of the Ferndale and Oak Park business community. A bar overflowed with chips, salsa, and hummus donated by Garden Fresh Gourmet while a string quartet played softly in the glow of decorative lights.

“The Artist in You” was the theme of this year’s event. The CoC announced the Art Mural Project, in which the work of two sophomore, two junior, and two senior students from Ferndale High School will be chosen for outdoor display at various locations in Ferndale. Chosen students also have the opportunity to pick up scholarship money. Photos of young Ferndale High School artists were shown on TVs, and a selection of their work was available for viewing at the Gala.

The highlight of the evening, of course, was the awards ceremony. The winners of each category were:

  • Business Person of the Year: Dean Bach (Dino’s Lounge and M Brew).
  • New Business of the Year: Michigan Youth Arts (Marianne Dorais).
  • Special Service Award: Jack Aronson (Garden Fresh Gourmet).
  • Best of Ferndale: Tie between Rust Belt Market (Chris and Tiffany Best) and Ferndale Friends
  • Best of Oak Park: Tai Fai Restaurant (Bonnie Deng).
  • Volunteer of the Year: Rita Van Keymuelen (Creative Office Designs).

As a member of the Ferndale Friends team, I am, of course very excited about winning the “Best of Ferndale” award. It’s especially humbling when you consider the fine businesses and organizations we were up against.


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Congradulations to the Nominees

Business person:

  • Jack Aronson, Garden Fresh Gourmet
  • Eric Borman, Progressive Metals
  • Jeff Denha, Brass Aluminum Forging
  • Dr. Bridget Devlin, Claddagh Chiropractic
  • Carrie Fanelli, ServPro of Oak Park/Ferndale
  • David Greylen, Waterwork Plumbing
  • Don Hagle, J & D Auto
  • Mike Hennes, Howe’s Bayou
  • Jay McMillan, Royal Services
  • Heatherleigh Navarre, Boston Tea Room
  • Jerome Raska, Blumz…by JRDesigns

New Business:

  • McRub / JLM Medical Massage
  • Nick’s Pizza
  • Public House
  • Tai Fai Restaurant

Special Service:

  • Heather Coleman Voss, Oakland County Michigan Works! Ferndale
  • Mayor David Coulter, City of Ferndale
  • Jeannie Davis, Ferndale Seniors
  • Derek Delacourt, Ferndale CED Director
  • Ann Heler, FernCare Free Clinic
  • Christine Hughes and Cindy Wilcox, Ferndale DDA
  • Rev. Jim Pool, Renaissance Vineyard Church
  • Crystal Proxmire, OC115

Best of Ferndale:

  • FernCare Free Clinic
  • Ferndale DPW
  • Ferndale Public Schools
  • Gage Products Company
  • Garden Fresh Gourmet
  • Greenleaf Bodyworks
  • Michigan Youth Arts
  • Progressive Metal Manufacturing Company
  • Royal Services
  • Western Market

Best of Royal Oak:

  • 8250 Closet
  • J & D Auto
  • Oak Park DPW
  • Paramount Precision Products
  • Scheers Ace Hardware

Volunteer of the Year:

  • Lori Champagne, Champagne Engraving
  • Heather Coleman Voss, Oakland County Michigan Works! Ferndale
  • Crystal Foster, Clear Financial
  • Jim Shaffer, Jim Shaffer and Associates / Keller Williams Realty
  • Rita Van Keymeulen, Creative Office Designs

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