Tonight I got to attend our Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Annual Celebration. Our Chamber does great work all year long to help make our city great. The Chamber has 400 members. 97 of those were nominated by members of this community to receive recognition as “the best of the best.” There were 16 categories, and over 1000 votes to determine the finalists. Tonight, we celebrated together the successes and contributions of the 2017 A-List businesses: Main Street Dental, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Chick-fil-A of Simpsonville (Fairview Rd.), Country Store at Vaughn’s, Ray Thompson’s Upstate Karate, Merle Norman of Simpsonville, Sportsclub Simpsonville, Cleveland Park Animal Hospital, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Danny Smith’s Fillin’ and Fixin’ Station, Allen Tate Realtors, The Springs at Simpsonville, Events at Sapphire Creek, The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and Allstate Insurance: Cornell Sweeney.
Tonight we also celebrated the graduates of Leadership Simpsonville. This group of people is responsible for both the swings you’re seeing go up downtown AND the Sensory Playground that we’ll be installing at City Park in the very near future. They raised well over their $20,000 goal for that playground. We are so fortunate to have such dedicated people willing to give of their time, talents, and energy to make our city great. We haven’t seen the last of these folks–they‘re going to be making a difference in Simpsonville for years to come. Thanks and kudos to Morgan Balchin of Davis Orthodontics, PA, Marnie Schwartz-Hanley of Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Brittney Sweeney Brockman of Allstate Insurance: Cornell Sweeney, Seretta Halley of Hampton Inn, Dr. Rebecca Holmes of Main Street Dental, Frank Wilburn of Greenville Technical College Brashier Campus, Kevin Willmot of Edward Jones Investments, and Discover Simpsonville‘s own Tiffany Cherry and Chad Foster!