Linn County Commissioner Will Tucker delivered the speech presenting the new Volunteer Business of the Year Award to Furniture Share.
The award included a $500 gift from Umpqua Bank presented in giant check form.
“This year’s recipient is a newer agency to Lebanon, but one that has served Lebanon and Linn County for years,” Tucker said. “It delivers some of the most basic needs of a family, a bed to sleep on, sheets, blankets and furniture. This agency receives in gently used furniture and household goods, sorts them, matches the available furniture to the need and distributes it out.”
Tucker said more than 10,000 items were given to more than 4,500 people.
He said this service not only helps people in the community, but also helps keep trash out of landfills.
“Please welcome this year’s winner, Furniture Share, and their Executive Director Michelle Maddux-Robinson,” Tucker said.
Business Leader of the Year
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelly Garrett presented the award for Business Leader of the Year.
“Our business leader of the year is incredibly active within the community,” Garrett said. “He’s a mentor and coach of football, wrestling and Pop Warner baseball. Brian Vandetta loves his family, the Beavers and as he demonstrates all the time: he loves Lebanon.”
“Please help me welcome Lebanon’s Business Leader of the Year: Brian Vandetta.”
Vandetta, Udell Engineering owner, received a standing ovation from the crowd.
“For those of you who know me, know I am a man of very many words,” Vandetta said. “So I’ll keep it brief. So I want to say ‘thank you.’”
Business of the Year
Garrett also presented the award for Business of the Year award.
“Lebanon’s Business of the Year Peak Internet believes in supporting the community,” Garrett said.
Garrett listed several organizations Peak supports including Furniture Share, the Special Olympics and Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest Tools of the Trade.
Garrett said Peak internet partnered with the city of Lebanon and the Lebanon School District, providing a city Wi-Fi Network for students and citizens,
Garrett said Peak employees logged more than 300 volunteer hours within the Lebanon community.
Peak internet CEO Rick Petersen has led the chamber of commerce to become more media savvy, Garrett said.
“The crowning achievement is the beautiful chamber website, which Rick’s team at Peak designed for us,” Garrett said. “Our website now averages 230 hits per day.”