Millsboro Chamber holds annual member celebration

Last week the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce held its annual Member Dinner & Celebration, and during the event, the Chamber honored two members for their outstanding work.

Jennifer Antonelli of Mediacom received the Volunteer of the Year award, cited for her integral participation in numerous Chamber events.

“She was the chairperson for the bridal show,” said Chamber Coordinator Amy Simmons. “She was there to help me through all of the little problems, the big problems.”

Antonelli also volunteered at the Chamber’s Big Thursday and Family Night Out events, and chaired the Easter Egg Hunt.

“She helped with hiding the eggs and helped with taking pictures with the Easter Bunny.”

John Thoroughgood of Thoroughgood Concrete & Transport received the Chamber Member of the Year award.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” said Thoroughgood, adding he was thankful to all the town’s volunteers. “I just want you all to give yourselves a round of applause, because if it wasn’t for the volunteers of any function in the town, nothing would get done.”

Simmons said that Thoroughgood’s is constantly donating to the Chamber and its events, including sponsoring a Concert in the Park, as well as a concert at the Big Thursday event.

“Thoroughgood’s sponsors a team at the golf tournament, as well,” added Simmons, of the Chamber’s annual scholarship fundraiser. “Mr. Thoroughgood does not golf himself, but he has friends of his that he pays to play in it, and he sponsors a tee sign out there. He is a vital part of the Chamber.”

This was Thoroughgood’s second consecutive year being honored as Member of the Year.

“I know Mr. Thoroughgood may have been a little embarrassed to be getting it two years in a row, but that couldn’t be helped,” said Simmons. “There was no way we thought we could go with someone else. What they do is a big help to us.”

Simmons said that both the Volunteer of the Year and Member of the Year awards are chosen by a committee of three board members.

Kris Adams, who was sworn in that evening as the Chamber’s new president, said that, without the help of its approximately 170 members, the Chamber would not be able to do so much great work throughout the community.

“Throughout the year, we have functions every month, ranging from Big Thursday to our Fourth of July Parade, the Little Miss Millsboro Pageant and our Christmas Parade. It wouldn’t happen without all the members that help us,” he said. “The Millsboro Chamber extends a heartfelt ‘Thank you.’ Thank you to all who helped. It really does matter. That’s what’s going to help Millsboro grow and continue to be the town that everyone wants it to be.”