Baker County Chamber celebrates community during annual banquet

BAKER CITY – For the 92nd year, the Baker County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau held its annual banquet to celebrate the past year of the community.

The ceremony was held on Saturday, January 20 at the Baker Elks lodge.

As with every year, awards were handed out to recognize those “businesses and individuals that were able to reach new heights of success despite the changing economy and a challenging/competitive environment,” according to the Chamber.

The winners:

• Legacy Man: Kim Mahaffey

• Legacy Woman: Lisa Millsap

• Man of the Year: Kevin Logsdon

• Woman of the Year: Julie Davis

• Business of the Year: MADhabit Boutique

• Service Organization Of the Year: Baker County Search & Rescue

• Excellence in Agriculture: The Henes Family (Old Souls Farm and The Succulent Hub)

• Entrepreneur of the Year: Baker Floral and Botanicals

Winners were chosen by an anonymous nomination committee.

“Our winners were completely taken by surprise. Most of them didn’t know they were getting an award, so I’m very proud of our community for coming together and keeping it a secret so they could feel honored,” said Devon Colton, Executive Director of the Chamber.

“Learning that I was selected as the Baker County woman of the year came as a complete surprise,” said Julie Davis. “Everything I do is because I love our community and want to do my part to make it a great place for our kids. I wouldn’t be able to accomplish half of what I do without my amazing friends, family, and husband.”