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Apex Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Businesses and Citizens at Annual Awards Ceremony

Cary, NC, October 21, 2012 --( The Apex Chamber of Commerce has recognized two local businesses for their outstanding commitment to the Apex community, and two citizens were celebrated following years of service and stewardship to their town. The Awards were presented at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Ceremony on October 11th at Prestonwood Country Club.

The annual event is a highlight for Chamber members, and this year it included an elaborate dinner and a casino night with proceeds benefiting the Kraft YMCA’s ‘We Build People’ Campaign. The ballroom came alive with laughter and networking as Town and business leaders united for a night of fun supporting a worthy cause.

The Rusty Bucket was the recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award. This award is presented to a small business that represents the town in its support of both the community and Chamber initiatives. The Rusty Bucket was recognized by Outgoing President Jeff Hastings for their support of small business and their exemplary commitment to their community through numerous charitable drives.

The award for Large Business of the Year was presented to Cambridge Village of Apex, a growing company whose Apex location has served as a steward to their community by providing care to local seniors and welcoming local citizens and the community at large to become involved in their programs and initiatives.

Capping off the night was the Citizen of the Year Award, presented to Horace Johnson, and the Louis C. Smith Hall of Fame Award, presented to inductee Mike Wilson, Assistant Town Manager. Johnson was recognized for his longstanding commitment to numerous civic and community organizations, most notably The Apex Lions Club, and also for his commitment to senior wellness programs at Spring Arbor of Apex Assisted Living for the last 10 years. Wilson was recognized by Town Manager Bruce Radford for his devotion to the quality and healthy growth of the Town of Apex for its citizens.

Outgoing Board Members and Ambassadors were also recognized at the event. Outgoing Board Members are: Bill McClung—Capital Paving, Jacque Priddy—First Citizens Bank, Tom McCuiston—McCuiston Law Offices, Oral Wise—WakeMed, and Bonnie Holt—Wells Fargo Bank. Outgoing Ambassadors recognized are: Jim Vogel—IMU Social Media, Rick Frye—Insurance Service Center, Don Fowler—Inspro, Lisa Wilder—Wilder Communications, Bonnie Ferrari—Nationwide Insurance, and Tori Scuderi—Primrose School of West Cary.

The Annual Awards Ceremony is a time for both celebration and reflection on the year, and an opportunity to explore goals and challenges for the upcoming year. The Apex Chamber would like to thank their casino event sponsors: Apex-Cary Insurance, Sophie & Mollie’s Boutique, AABS, Walgreens, Spring Arbor of Apex Assisted Living, Carolina Custom Kitchen and Bath LLC, MLB Construction, and Crown Trophy of Cary.

About the Apex Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Apex Chamber of Commerce is to advocate for the business community and promote a vibrant and engaged membership.

Founded in 1958, the Chamber has an engaged operating group, motivated volunteers and a dedicated professional staff poised to implement progressive programs that aid in the profitability of its members, build a better economic community, develop future leaders and enhance small business development and growth.

We also provide local information about Apex with area maps, relocation information, local newspapers and a variety of free information for current and future businesses or residents.

Located in the historic Apex Depot (built in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Apex Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business community and citizens of Apex, North Carolina for half a century.

For additional information on the Apex Chamber of Commerce, please visit

Contact: Angela Bush (919) 362.6456
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