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Annual Awards Gala

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Foundation is pleased to host its annual awards gala in support of Take Stock in Children. This year’s theme is “Bohemian Rhapsody”, celebrating local “rock stars” in the community.


The Annual Awards Gala is our premier event where we reflect on the previous year, recognize the Chamber’s outgoing Chairman of the Board, and honor our annual award recipients.  This formal event recognizes the Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Community Leader of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Business Leader of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and other community awards.  Attendees also enjoy entertainment and a silent auction.  It is an excellent chance to have an elegant evening and celebrate another year of success.

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About the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Foundation

The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation is the charitable, 501c3 arm of the chamber. Through its mission, and with the support of its own separate board, our foundation awards multiple scholarships every year to support the Gulf Breeze community. The foundation hosts 2 major events each year to raise funds for its projects. Since its creation in 2019, the Foundation has donated $23,585 to education and military support projects. Our annual awards gala fundraises for a full 4-year college scholarship through the Take Stock in Children Program which supports students Santa Rosa County.

As one of the pillar projects of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Foundation, we are excited to announce our plans to annually support Take Stock in Children. Proceeds from this event will go on to support the Foundation's goal of sponsoring a full, 4-year scholarship to a Santa Rosa County child in need through the Take Stock in Children program.

Last year's Annual Awards Gala met this goal and we were able to fully-fund a 4-year scholarship for a Gulf Breeze High School student through the Take Stock in Children Program.

Thank you, for helping our organization support others!

Tickets & Sponsorships available now!

See highlights from our past galas!

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2023 Annual Awards Nominations are closed.

Each year we recognize organizations and individuals who have displayed outstanding leadership throughout 2023 in our annual Awards ceremony. Nominations were open to the public in November and December of 2023 then each nomination was presented to our nominating committee formed by the 2022 annual awards winners and select Foundation Board members. The committee participated in a blind vote on each category to select the 2023 Annual Awards winners.

Nominations are open to the public through December 10!

Thank you to our Annual Awards Sponsor, Step One Automotive Group!

Congratulations to our 2022 Annual Award Winners

2022 Volunteer of the Year Carrie Carver
2022 Business Leader of the Year - Donna K. Smith
2022 Young Professional of the Year - Leslie Haley, Hampton Inn & Suites
2022 Community Leader of the Year - Matt LaFon
2022 SOAR Spirit Award- Louie Sanchez
2022 Nonprofit of the Year - American Legion Post 378
2022 Business of the Year- Step One Automotive Group

Thank you to our 2024 Gala Sponsors & Vendors

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