- January 25, 2017
The West Orange County business community gathered at the Disney’s Yacht Club Friday, Jan. 27, to witness the 2023 Big Orange Awards hosted by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce.
The “black and white with a splash of color” evening featured myriad activities and diverse entertainment such as models with extravagant attire, an open bar, live music and appetizers, among others. Attendees were able to mingle during the cocktail hour that took place prior to dinner time and the awards presentation.
The sponsors of the evening were the following: platinum sponsor, Walt Disney World; presenting sponsor, Orlando Health; premier sponsor, AdventHealth; event sponsor, Duke Energy; presentation sponsor, Healthy West Orange; video production sponsor, Bindra Productions; photography sponsor, Author Brand Studio; and centerpiece sponsor, Florida Blue.
Sam Hovsepian Award: This award is usually given to a man “who demonstrates excellence in his profession and inspires other men to succeed, (contributing) time and talent for the betterment of the chamber and community.” Previous recipients include Tim Haberkamp, Joseph McMullen, JoAnne Quarles and Russ Salerno.
Mary Vandeventer “Spirit of West Orange” Award: This award is given to a woman “who demonstrates her profession and inspires other women to succeed, (contributing) time and talent for the betterment of the community.” Previous recipients of the award include GeeGee Burmeister, Pam Gould, JoAnne Quarles, Lynetta Tipton Steed and Lynn Walker Wright.
George Bailey Award: This award recognizes “demonstrated excellence in fostering partnerships for the benefit of the local community.” Previous recipients of the award include Joe Dunn, Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Heichel Plumbing and Chick-fil-A.
Bert Roper Award: This award recognizes a “champion who improved the well-being and quality of life of (the) community.” Past Recipients of the award include West Orange Healthcare District and Matthew’s Hope.
Danniel J. Petro “The Bright Future of West Orange” Award: This award recognizes the “entrepreneurial tenacity and steadfast determination that facilitates opportunity through investment in community and lifelong relationships that keep our future bright.” Past recipients of this award include JoAnne Quarles, Russ Salerno and Lynn Walker Wright.
Chairman’s Award: This award recognizes “individuals who have given exceptional service to the chamber and the community during the previous year.” Previous recipients of the award include Commissioner Bakari Burns, Mayor Jerry Demings, Jim Densmore, Duke Energy, Pam Gould, Dawn Gilmore, Betsy VanderLey and the University of Central Florida.