The Jenks Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2021 Inaugural Banquet on April 22 at the Oklahoma Aquarium. Attendees enjoyed viewing the Aquarium exhibits, participating in the Chamber’s silent auction, live music and networking.
Katelyn Bollenbach received the George Tedford Memorial Scholarship.
The George Tedford Memorial Scholarship Fund is a program designed to award a $1,500 scholarship to a talented, highly motivated Jenks High School Senior Student-Athlete who has demonstrated leadership potential and desires to pursue a career in business and a full-time undergraduate degree.
Sarah Takmil, office manager for the city of Jenks, received the Ambassador of the Year Award, given to the volunteer with the most involvement throughout the year.
Sarah Clavin, Miller Swim School, received the Young Professional of the Year award, which recognizes an individual between the ages of 21 and 45 who has made significant contributions to their company and the community at large in the previous year.
Tulsa ER & Hospital received the New Business of the Year award, which recognizes a new business, open no more than three years, that has shown significant growth and made outstanding contributions to the local economy and community during the previous year.
Elm Street Pub received the Restaurant/Bar of the Year award, which recognizes an establishment that has shown significant growth, features excellent products and service and has made outstanding contributions to the local economy and community during the previous year.
Biergarten Wine & Spirit received the Retailer of the Year award, which recognizes the best in retailers and retail innovation in the Jenks community.
Hargrove-Marker Funeral & Cremation Service received the Community Impact Award, given to an individual or organization that has gone above and beyond in pursuit of progress in the Jenks community.
Gateway First Bank received the Business of the Year award, which recognizes an organization that has shown significant growth and made outstanding contributions to the local economy and community during the previous year.
Craig Bowman, Farmers Insurance, received the Ed Gerchman Jenks Leadership award.
The Ed Gerchman Leadership Award was created in honor of Ed Gerchman, a long-time citizen of Jenks, who passed away in 1995. Mr. Gerchman contributed many volunteer hours to the Jenks community as Past President of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, many years as chairman of the Leadership Jenks program, Past President of the Jenks America Kiwanis Club, member of the City of Jenks Bond Oversight committee and the Jenks Planning Commission and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jenks Community Food Bank.
Prior to his death, the Jenks City Council and the Jenks Chamber of Commerce established an award in his honor to routinely recognize the example of service through leadership. Each year since 1995, a committee is formed to select a candidate who exemplifies the following characteristics of leadership: service, integrity, determination, courage, cooperation, and humbleness.
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The Jenks Chamber would like to express upmost appreciation to our sponsors for making the Inaugural Banquet a possibility and and a great success.