Since 1969, the Ceres Chamber of Commerce has recognized outstanding members of our community who have made extraordinary contributions in community service.
This year the Chamber will celebrate 52 years of individuals, businesses and/or groups who volunteer their time to our community or contribute to the Ceres community in other ways.
During these unprecedented times due to the COVID pandemic, this will be the first year the Chamber will not be celebrating this event live. As a result we will be accepting nominations through January 31, 2021 and will announce winners on February 24, 2021.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the hard work and commitment of citizens who have showed exemplary effort, energy, and dedication to the Ceres community and its activities.
Citizen of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented to someone that has devoted extraordinary service to the Ceres community and is selected by past recipients of the award. The recipient of this award has performed meritorious service above and beyond that which would be expected of a citizen. This extraordinary service can be exemplified as a part of their vocation or as community service at large. Noteworthy service shall be considered over the lifetime of the nominee but particular attention shall be given to the last 15 years.
Young Citizen of the Year Award
This award is presented to a young individual that has devoted exceptional service to the Ceres community. The requirements for this award include that the nominee must be within the ages of 11-18 and must reside within the Ceres Unified School District.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Volunteer of the Year recognizes an individual or group of individuals that have achieved any or all of the following:
-- Shown commitment to their club, organization or community
-- Is a mentor to others, providing inspiration and encouragement
-- Supports various programs and activities throughout the community
-- Performs unselfish acts of service in the Ceres community
-- Exhibits a giving spirit in the community
-- Demonstrates exceptional leadership skills on a local, county, state or
Large Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year
Large & Small Business of the Year Awards recognizes those active businesses located or operating in the Ceres area that have demonstrated one or more of the following characteristics:
-- Exceptional growth through additional creation of jobs
-- Revenue growth
-- Innovative products or services
-- Provides exemplary customer service
-- Volunteers in the Ceres community
-- Demonstrates economic support of the Ceres area business community
Large Business is any company with over 35 employees and Small Business of the Year is 35 employees or less. Businesses with multiple locations must count all employees of the company regardless of locations.
The Legacy Award recognizes individuals and/or businesses that have contributed through service, support or volunteer efforts, to the Ceres community for more than 40 years.