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Chamber, Community Celebrate Night Of Achievements
Named as this year’s Citizen of the Year award winner, Antoinette Rodin displays her plaque and also has multiple certificates presented during the evening.
FIt Republic
Eddie Brown, followed by his wife Lauren of Fit Republic, make their way along the dais for congratulations, plaques and certificates, named as the winners of the Large Business of the Year Award.
Junior Achievement Award winner Tatyn Silva accepts congratulations from Oakdale Mayor JR McCarty as he presents her with a certificate of recognition.
A large crowd was on hand at the Bianchi Community Center on Friday night, Jan. 17 and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Joe Gambini addresses attendees following presentation of the honor.

It was a night of celebration and recognition on Friday, Jan. 17 as the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce served up its annual Awards Dinner.

There were presentations from city officials, Chamber leaders and multiple legislative representatives as honors for 2019 were presented in a number of categories.

“As always it is a pleasure to work with such great people in Oakdale as all the nominations were from the community,” noted Chamber CEO Mary Guardiola. “All that were nominated were very proud of the nomination and appreciate Oakdale.”

Hosted at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, honorees included the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Joe Gambini, who had several family members, business associates and friends in attendance.

Serving as emcee was Pete Simoncini and also announced was the Chamber’s selection for Director of the Year, which went to Sonya Smith. The outgoing Chamber directors were recognized, the new Chamber directors were introduced and the Leadership Class graduates were highlighted.

For the awards recognition, winners were: Small Business of the Year, Infinite Athletics Cheer & Tumbling; Large Business of the Year, Fit Republic Oakdale; Junior Achievement Award, Tatyn Silva; Community Service Award, Oakdale Lions Club; Citizen of the Year, Antoinette Rodin.

Chamber officials also provided special recognition to Golden Valley Awards for the award plaques; House of Beef for catering the dinner; E&J Gallo Winery for providing wine and Past and Present Antiques and Floral for providing the centerpieces.