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She attended every committee meeting and orchestrated all the marketing forms and fundraising. She is the epitome of what a Leadership Modesto class member should resemble. The Excellence in Education Award is chosen annually by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee. This award is given to someone that has worked tirelessly to uphold the value of education. This year’s award was presented to Judie Piscitello, who unfortunately could not make the award ceremony, but was celebrated, nonetheless. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual or company for outstanding service and commitment to the Modesto Chamber and the Community. This award goes to a member who is highly visible and contributes behind the scenes. The winner of this award is highly deserving and was a complete surprise to our master of ceremonies, Marian Kaanon.

Excellence in Education Award

The last two awards of the night were ones that will never be forgotten. One of the biggest awards of the night, the Chamber Member of the Year, was awarded to the business who has shown outstanding commitment to the Chamber and to Modesto as a whole through donations, volunteer work, and general support. The great honor went to Sysco Central California. Sysco has continuously had a representative serving on the Modesto Chamber’s Board of Directors. Sysco has significantly donated to Chamber events and assists the Chamber in recruiting members. The Modesto Chamber was proud to present Sysco Central California as Chamber Member of the Year.


The Modesto Chamber of Commerce created a special award this year for a well-deserving individual who has served our community tirelessly. At 17 years old, Former Congressman, Jeff Denham joined the United States Air Force and served our country diligently for 16 years. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. He was awarded the “Order of California” for exceptional service by the California National Guard, the highest award given for distinguished service. For this and many other achievements, the Modesto Chamber awarded Former Congressman Jeff Denham, the Pinnacle Achievement Award.


The night ended with delicious desserts and memories. The Modesto Chamber strives to serve its community in the best ways possible. The Gala is just one example of what the Chamber has to offer. Visit for more information on joining your local Chamber, future events, and local action committees. The Chamber C.A.R.E.S. and works for you. Modesto Chamber of Commerce I

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Progress Magazine March 2019  

Progress Magazine March 2019