Chamber Community Recognition Awards
by TP staff
Dec 26, 2013 | 1909 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As 2013 draws to a close, the Tracy Chamber of Commerce prepares for its 2014 Winter Gala, Friday, Jan. 24, and celebrates local people and businesses doing good works in our community.

The business group announced Nov. 15 the recipients of this year's Community Recognition Awards.

• Carol Newman — Ambassador of the Year

• Tracy Optometry Group — Business of the Year

• Bob & Adele Bloch — Entrepreneur of the Year

• Dr. Paul Teranishi — Professional of the Year

• Onalee Koster — Female Citizen of the Year

• Steve Abercrombie — Male Citizen of the Year

• Surtec Adopt A Family — Organization of the Year

The chamber selected Koster because she represents 60 years of Tracy's finest agricultural and community cultures. Koster, a docent at the Tracy Historical Museum and member of the Westside Pioneers, is a 4-H Club teacher and has used her New Jerusalem farm as a lab to teach ag students from across the county.

Abercrombie was picked because of his work with numerous local community service organizations. The former councilman is a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) instructor, director of Brighter Christmas and member of Tracy Volunteer Caregivers, and he runs or volunteers for numerous student and education groups.

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January 02, 2014
Steve Abercrombie has been an incredible mentor to me this past year. As we started a nonprofit for foster youth, he introduced us to the right people and guided us in the right direction. He is such a selfless man and never turns a Tracy family away. He has a genuine heart and spends so much time volunteering in our community. Thank you so much Abercrombie for representing what a citizen of the year looks like :) Lori Souza

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