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A royal affair

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017

(Left) Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan opens the ninth annual Siuslaw Awards. (Right) First Citizen Ron Caputo declares himself the new “king of Florence,” but instead offers a bow to those in attendance and in the community who serve. Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County — Nonprofit Achievement Award Future First Citizen Claire Waggoner City Lights Cinemas — “Stu Johnston” Business Award

9th annual Florence Area Chamber of Commerce event honors Florence-area citizens, businesses.

A full house of 245 people gathered at the Florence Events Center Wednesday evening to celebrate the best of Florence during the ninth annual Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Siuslaw Awards banquet celebration.

More than 30 businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals were nominated for nine categories. A panel of seven unidentified judges from in and outside the Florence area selected the winning applicant in each category. All winners were kept secret until the awards presentation.

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan said, “I really wanted this event to reflect the level of integrity, honor and service that these people have dedicated to our community.”

Ron Caputo was selected as the 2016 Florence First Citizen.

During his acceptance comments, Caputo jokingly drew a lighthearted analogy to Florence as a kingdom, with himself as king, but then turned the tables on the role of king by saying, “I bow down to you, the citizens of Florence. You are my mentors. You make me what I am. You are the examples that I follow. I love Florence and I will give you this pledge. I will do everything I can to make Florence the best kingdom in the world and may each and every one of you live happily ever after.”

For the complete article see the 02-11-2017 issue.

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Keywords: Florence Area Chamber of Commerse, Siuslaw Awards, Ron Caputo, Claire Waggoner, Stu Johnston Business Award

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