Chamber's Choice Awards Gala

Our Annual Awards Gala is so much more than just another fun event. It is an opportunity to recognize those in our community who go above and beyond and help to make Sitka such a wonderful place to live. It is on this evening that we announce the winners of the prestigious Cossack Cap Award, the Business of the Year Award and the New Business of the Year Award. The support that the Sitka Chamber receives on this important night helps us to "promote, support and facilitate commerce and economic growth in the community” throughout the year.

2019 Marrakech to Main Street

Join us for a lavish evening steeped in the rich colors, flavors, and sounds of Morocco and nearby desert-kissed lands when we bring Marrakech to Main Street at the 2019 Annual Chamber’s Choice Awards Gala. You and fellow business professionals will be transported to a far away land draped in jewel tone tapestries, ornate metalwork, exotic flavors, and hypnotic melodies of the region. It will be a celebration fit for a sultan, complete with specialty craft cocktails, multi-course dinner service, exciting dessert auction, and thematic entertainment.  

The Awards Gala is Sitka's premiere social and business event of the year, a true see and be seen event. But even more than that, it’s the time we recognize those who go over and above in making Sitka an exceptional place to live and work. This is where we announce the prestigious winners of New Business of the Year, Business of the Year, and Cossack Cap Award. Your support of the gala enables us to fulfill our mission to “promote, support and facilitate commerce and economic growth in the community” throughout the entire year. Your sponsorship shows that your business is vested in Sitka and supports local economic growth, and as a thank you from us, your generous contribution will be recognized and promoted throughout the event.

Whether you reach us by magic carpet, genie wishes, or atop a swaying camel, just get to the Harrigan Centennial Hall however you can on Saturday, February 2nd. The unforgettable evening of networking and merrymaking begins at 6 pm, where you will enjoy beverages and bites in a souk (marketplace) on before continuing your journey to the Marrakech main event dinner service.

Remember - tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available on a first come basis, so call us today to reserve your seats and secure your sponsor rewards. And, just as in years past, the Gala is black tie optional and we encourage attendees to don formalwear that enhances the theme. Will it be an ensemble reflective of the desert sands or a lush oasis? Accented with intricate patterns of the region? Bejeweled with precious stones? We can’t wait to see what you choose!

Download theSponsorship and Registration Form.

Download Award Nomination forms:

New Business of the Year, Business of the Year, and Cossack Cap Award.

Cocktail Hour
6PM

NO HOST BAR | HORS D'OEUVRES

Introductions & Dinner
7PM

WELCOME BY THE CHAMBER PRESIDENT
INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL GUESTS


Awards Ceremony
8PM

RECOGNITION OF THE 2019 COMMUNITY HEROES
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR | NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
COSSACK CAP AWARD

Entertainment
9PM-11PM

DESSERT AUCTION
ALASKA AIRLINES HEADS OR TAILS BLING GAME
ENTERTAINMENT | DANCING

The Gala is black tie optional, and dressing in theme is strongly encouraged. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are limited. Secure your seats today! 

The History of Awards & Galas

Award Winners

Business of the Year

1993 SEAMART QUALITY FOODS
1994 MACDONALD’S BAYVIEW RESTAURANT
1995 GOLDSMITH GALLERY
1996 ALLEN MARINE, INC.
1997 WHITE’S PHARMACY AND HARRY RACE DRUG & PHOTO
1998 BRENNER’S CLOTHING & FINE GIFTS
1999 SITKA FUELS
2000 WILMAC CORPORATION
2001 ALASKA RAPTOR CENTER
2002 WESTMARK SHEE ATIKÁ
2003 ALASKA AIRLINES
2004 CENTER FOR COMMUNITY
2005 SHEE ATIKÁ INC.
2006 STEREO NORTH
2007 SEAFOOD PRODUCER CO-OP
2008 SAMSON TUG & BARGE
2009 SITKA SOUND SEAFOODS
2010 ARROWHEAD TRANSFER, LP GAS
2011 HOUSE OF LIQUOR
2012 ALLEN MARINE, INC. ALASKAN DREAM CRUISES
2013 VENNEBERG INSURANCE, INC
2014 BARANOF ISLAND BREWING COMPANY
2015 SILVER BAY SEAFOODS
2016 BARANOF REALTY, LLC
2017 CRUISELINE AGENCIES OF ALASKA
2018 ASPEN SUITES HOTEL SITKA

New Business of the Year

2007 SKINNER SALES
2008 SILVER BAY SEAFOODS
2009 FORTRESS OF THE BEAR
2011 BARANOF ISLAND BREWING COMPANY
2012 THE DOCK SHACK CAFÉ
2014 HOMEPORT EATERY
2016 BACKDOOR CAFÉ
2018 OUR TOWN CATERING

Cossack Cap

1976 GENE PREWITT
1977 LLOYD HAMES
1978 ROCKY GUTIERREZ
1979 FRED GEESLIN
1980 LLOYD RICE
1981 ISABEL MILLER
1982 KIYOSKI NAGUMO & THE ALASKA PULP CORP
1983 PERSONNEL OF THE US COAST GUARD AIR STATIONS & USCG CUTTER WOODRUSH
1984 FRANK O WILLIAMS JR
1985 PAUL ROSENTHAL & THE SITKA SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL & GEORGE LONGENBAUGH M.D.
1987 OLIVER J “PORKY” BICKAR
1988 MAXINE BRITTELL
1989 ATSUO TSUNODA
1990 ARNOLD “ARNIE” JOHNSON
1991 VYOLA BELLE
1992 MARY LOU VILANDRE
1993 DAN & BETTY KECK
1994 VIRGINIA CUSHING
1995 ELAINE STRELOW
1996 STAN FILLER
1997 LIZ HOWARD
1998 ROGER & JUDY SUDNIKOVICK
1999 PAULA SCOTT
2000 MARY SARVELA
2001 JOHN & KRISTY TOTTEN
2002 SITKA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
2003 JOHN LITTEN
2004 NANCY DAVIS
2005 ROGER AND MARY HAMES
2006 LAWRENCE BLOOD
2007 DAN ETULAIN
2008 GARY PAXTON
2009 DEBORAH LYONS
2010 SENATOR RICHARD “DICK” ELIASON
2011 BEN GRUSSENDORF 2012 THAD & SANDY POULSON 2013 BURGESS BAUDER
2014 CORELLA BAGGEN
2015 JEFF BUDD
2016 SENATOR BERT STEDMAN
2017 ROGER HIGLEY
2018 KEITH PERKINS

Galas Past

2018 Fire & Ice

2017 Shimmer & Glow: An Alaskan Wonderland

2016 Brazilian Carnival

2015 Studio 54

2014 Hollywood Classic

2013 Orient Express

2012 Roaring Twenties

2011 Aloha

2010 Enchanted Garden

2009 Sitka From Statehood Forward

2008 Arabian Nights

2007 Casino Night

2006

2005 Kuleana Luau

2004 Chinease New Year

2003 Century Celebration

2002 Shooting For the Stars

2000 Roman Holiday

1999 Mardi Gras Gala

1998 Moonlight & Roses