Chamber celebrates 77 years

Tim Croft

County Judge Tim McFarland swears in new Chamber officers Dwight Van Lierop, Barbara Radcliff, Trish Petrie and Zach Childs.

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 03:04 PM.

From red paper clips to the tears of Dana Boyer, the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce held its 77th annual dinner last week.

The red paper clips came from the keynote speaker and Boyer’s tears streamed after she was named the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year as the Chamber celebrated a year of change and progress.

“I am so honored,” Boyer said after being named the Volunteer of the Year and walking a gauntlet of hugs to the Centennial Building stage. “To be recognized by your fellow businesses, that is a real honor. I would not be able to do anything without them.

“Also, I would not be able to do anything without (husband) George Boyer. This is just such an honor for us.”

Boyer was recognized, specifically, for her work on two events.

When Fourth of July fireworks were threatened with cancellation due to money, Boyer undertook a private sector fundraising campaign that secured more than $6,000 for the celebratory fireworks show.

In the fall, Boyer was crucial in realizing the continuation of Ghosts on the Coast for Halloween, including a candy drive.

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