The Culpeper Chamber of Commerce is honoring heroes in our community March 22.
The inaugural Valor Awards is a way to honor the dedicated public servants in our community who give of their time as police officers, volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.
“We want to thank those individuals who volunteer and put their life on the line,” Martha Sanford, Culpeper Chamber of Commerce Director of Programming, said.
Sanford said the project has been discussed at the chamber for years, as she and former President/CEO Debbie Stohlman had talked about it extensively.
The program got a kickstart last year when Jennifer Puffenbarger, of Puffenbarger Insurance, joined the chamber. She had served on a similar committee for the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce and Sanford enlisted her to help start the Valor Awards here in Culpeper.
They quickly formed a committee – including John Barker of Attollo Systems and former CFC Farm and Home Center general manager Dave Durr – and started planning.
The first step was reaching out to law enforcement and the volunteer fire and rescue organizations to explain to them the goal behind the awards ceremony.
“We met with the local fire and rescue association and relayed this information to them,” Sanford said. “We asked each company to nominate an individual or group to receive an award at the dinner.”
The Culpeper Police Department and Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office will have representatives honored as well as four volunteer organizations.
Ed’s Awards and Engraving will be providing the awards for the evening and Shawn’s Smokehouse BBQ & Catering Company will be the caterer. The awards ceremony will be held at Boxwoods Celebration Venue, 4488 True Blue Road from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The event’s signature sponsor is Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center.
Tickets are $30 for chamber members and $40 for general admission.
For more information contact Sanford at Marthas@culpeperchamber.com or call 825.8628.
“I’m excited for this event to become an annual way for the Chamber to give back to the community,” Sanford said.