On January 27th, the West Orange Chamber Celebrated its annual Big Orange Awards with an elegant black and white themed ceremony at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. The event was filled to capacity with the most admired and inspirational members of West Orange County’s business community at the Big Orange Awards. Platinum sponsor Walt Disney World, Presenting sponsor Orlando Health, Premier sponsor Advent Health, Event sponsors Duke Energy, Presentation sponsor Healthy West Orange, Video Production sponsor Bindra Productions, Photography sponsor Author Brand Studio, and Centerpiece sponsor Florida Blue.

The evening began with a reception featuring Jared Burnett, solo electric violinist sponsored by Dawn Gilmore Productions and Jo Barsh – State Farm Insurance Agency. The event’s Master of Ceremonies, 2023 Chairman of the Board, John McReynolds, and 2022 Charmain J.T. McWalters entertained the crowd throughout the night as they announced each award winner. “Each year, I am thrilled to see the list of honorees from this event grow, as they follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. The business community strengthens our community by the actions and partnerships of these caring people and organizations.” said Stina D’Uva President/CEO of the West Orange Chamber. “We are very proud to have them as Members and be able to recognize them for their service.”

Numerous local business and community leaders were celebrated for their achievements community contributions, volunteerism, and Chamber involvement. We would like to congratulate once again the following outstanding citizens and organizations for their generous work and commitment to the West Orange Chamber and our Community:

Bert Roper Award – Shepherd’s Hope

George Bailey Award – Kristi Gomen

The Spirit of West Orange, the Mary VanDeventer Award – Landra Wormack

Sam Hovsepian Award – Jim Forrester

Chairman’s Award – Town of Oakland Mayor Kathy Stark, and City of Ocoee Manager, Rob Frank

Lifetime Ambassador – Jim Densmore

Danniel J. Petro – The Bright Future of West Orange – Simon T. Bailey

2023 Small Business Member of the Year – Computer Business Consultants

2023 Big Business Member of the Year – Thermo King of Southeast

About West Orange Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1972, the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (WOCC) serves as the leading business advocate in Central Florida by advancing community, collaboration, and leadership for its 1,000 member businesses. Learn more on how the Wet Orange Chamber of Commerce can help grow your business, by visiting wochamber.com/grow-with-us/.