Chamber Holds Annual Dinner, Recognizes Members and Community Leaders

Chamber Holds Annual Dinner, Recognizes Members and Community Leaders

Chamber Honors Five Pacific Grove Citizens and Businesses at Annual Dinner

2017 James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year Award winner Marabee Boone (left) with 2018 James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year Award winners, Wilda and Lowell Northrop       


       Over the weekend, the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation of the Board of Directors Dinner and James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year Presentation. The event honors five Pacific Grove Citizens or entities for their excellent service to the Pacific Grove community at large. The James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year Award is granted in honor of the late Dr. James R. Hughes, a Pacific Grove resident and dentist with a long history of community service as a city councilman, state coastal commissioner, water board member and many other roles. Former honorees selected this year’s recipient.

Wilda and Lowell Northrop were honored with the James R. Hughes Citizen of the Year award for a lifetime of volunteer service to the Pacific Grove community and beyond. Lowell and Wilda have both served on the board of directors for the Pacific Grove Art Center. The Northrops designed the Good Old Days banners, City of Pacific Grove banners and Feast of Lanterns banners and designed and built the backdrop for the Feast of Lanterns.

          Mr. Don Mothershead, senior recreation coordinator at the city of Pacific Grove was honored as Public Official of the Year. Don runs the city’s recreation programs, and handles facility rentals for weddings, memorial services, birthdays and other special events; contracts with instructors for recreation classes; coordinates the city’s large special events schedule; and is involved in supporting the operations at City Hall.

          Peppers Mexicali Café was honored as business of the year, represented by owners Lisa and Sean Weiman. The Weimans lovingly continued Peppers well-respected style of Mexicali cuisine with a seafood emphasis and expanded the drink offerings behind the bar. The Weimans shepherded in the business’s full liquor license and added the restaurant’s popular house and blood orange margaritas to the menu.

          Ms. Margaret Stewart was honored as the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year. Margaret has been on hand to volunteer at the Chamber on weekdays in the mornings for three years and is consistently a willing and active volunteer, taking on a variety of tasks both within and outside the Chamber’s downtown Pacific Grove office and often donate extra time to the Chamber. Her favorite event to lend her time to with the Chamber is the annual Fourth of July Hometown Barbeque Celebration at Caledonia Park every July 4th.

The Beacon House was honored as the Nonprofit of the Year and represented by Dr. Lee Larimer. For over a half century, the Beacon House, located in the heart of California on the Monterey Peninsula, has saved thousands of lives, providing inpatient and outpatient care for adults with alcohol and drug addiction. The addiction treatment programs at the Beacon House integrate evidenced-based practices and the latest research while continuing their longstanding dedication to offering the highest quality treatment available anywhere in the United States at affordable prices.

          The event was generously sponsored by Monterey County Bank.