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Awards winners (left to right): Erik Creswell (Outgoing President Recognition), Lee Greer (President's Award), Javier and Rachel Barragan (Business of the Year), Laurie Rygiel (Francis Wagnon Volunteer of the Year).

Chamber draws large turnout for award-winning night

By Michael Butler

The Greater Tallassee Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Wetumpka Civic Center.  The night was a win-win not just for the awards recipients but the Chamber too in raising $1,205 from the silent auction for its Ambassador Scholarship Program.

The Business of the Year Award was presented to Cozumel Restaurant owners Javier and Rachel Barragan.  Laurie Rygiel was recognized as the Francis Wagnon Volunteer of the Year winner.  The President’s Award was given to Lee Greer.  Outgoing president Erik Creswell was also honored for his service.

New president Barry Parker spoke of Tallassee’s assets.  The Chamber’s slogan, “Treasure on the Tallapoosa,” applies according to Parker with its scenic river and convenience to Montgomery and Auburn.

New mayor Johnny Hammock addressed the audience of approximately 200 with his platform for the next four years with a common theme.

“Let’s work together. I need all the help I can get.  Get behind me and Chief Higgins,” said Hammock of newly appointed police chief Matthew Higgins, who was also in attendance.

Hammock got emotional when he read a letter he received from a First Baptist Church Sunday school class that expressed that show of support.

“The third and fourth grade class is praying for you. I’m a big guy, but I’ve got a big heart.”

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