On Thursday, August 21, the Madera Chamber of Commerce held its 10th annual Lifetime Achievement Awards and Installation dinner, recognizing small business owners in Madera for their lifelong commitment to Madera. Recipients honored this year were; Jon Basila, Stell Manfredi, David Minier, Marge Medellin-Esquibel, John and Shirley Sudduth, and Memorial Honoree Denslow “Denny” Green. Debi Bray, President and CEO of the Chamber stated, “The Madera Chamber was honored to recognize these outstanding individuals for significantly demonstrating their dedication to Madera. Their contributions and efforts have had significant impacts to the quality of life in Madera”.
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.