Since 1981 the Madera Chamber of Commerce has annually honored outstanding individuals for their leadership, service, and contributions to Madera County Agriculture. The Senior Farmer of the Year Award recognizes, with great appreciation, the lifetime of an exceptional individual in the field of agriculture.
On August 21, 2014, Senator Anthony Cannella made a surprise announcement at the Madera Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Awards and Installation Dinner. While Senator Cannella was not able to attend the event, he sent a video announcing to a crowd of over 400 people that he had named named Debi Bray, President/CEO of the Chamber, as Woman of the Year for the 12th Senate District of the State of California. Following a standing ovation, Bray, thanked the Senator and those who have supported her during her 28 year career at the Chamber. She was presented with a proclamation by the Senate office and a red rose from her 2 year old grandson, Sawyer.