The North Port Chamber will present its annual Frosty Awards to the storefront business or organization judged to exhibit the most festive holiday decorations.

Businesses and organizations need to be chamber members to be considered. There will be two categories: Judge’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Award.

Judging for the Judges Choice Award will take place from 2-8 p.m. Dec. 8. The public can vote for the People’s Choice Award Dec. 7-11 by completing an online ballot on the Chamber’s facebook page. Paper ballots for the People’s Choice Award will be available at our office.

The awards will be presented at our annual Awards Luncheon on Dec. 16.

I encourage you to visit each of these businesses and organizations and see their beautiful holiday decorations, then complete the official ballot for the People’s Choice Award:

CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway

North Port City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd.

Discovery Commons South Biscayne, 6235 Hoffman St.

Heron Creek Animal Hospital, 1319 N. Sumter Blvd.

State Farm Insurance-Dean McConville, 14506 Tamiami Trail

The Daily Sun, 13487 Tamiami Trail

The Rock Box Music School & Stage, 1123 N. Toledo Blade Blvd.

Wharton-Smith, 2525 Bobcat Village Center Road, Suite 105

RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

We’re having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Cover Your Assets Home Watch at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the chamber office, 1337 N. Sumter Blvd. Everyone is invited to join us as we welcome this business and see they have to offer. Food and beverages will be provided.

POINSETTIA PARADE & FESTIVAL

North Port’s annual Poinsettia Parade and Festival are set for Saturday at the City Center Front Green, 4970 City Hall Blvd. Gather your friends or family as we kick off the holiday season with a whole lot of holly jolly fun. Admission and parking are free. The theme is Retro Rockin’ Holidays. The parade will march south down Sumter Boulevard starting from Sylvania Avenue through the City Center Campus, ending at the festival on the Green. An esteemed judging panel will select the parade award winners. The festival will take place throughout the grounds of the City Center Campus, including on the Front Green and inside City Hall. This fun-filled holiday festival will feature a tree-lighting ceremony, food vendors, entertainment, performances by local school choruses, attractions, vendors and more.

HOLIDAY SOCIAL

Our Annual Holiday Social is set for 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Pitmaster All American BBQ, 2200 Kings Highway, Port Charlotte. This year’s theme is “Good Old Fashion Country Christmas,” so come in your most festive attire.

This is a great opportunity for chamber members to celebrate the holidays together and to thank your employees for all of the hard work they provided over the past year. Cost is $30 or $50 per couple and includes appetizers, beverages (cash bar available), live DJ, dancing and much more.

We are again partnering with the North Port Police Department to support their annual Shop with a Cop Program. It helps less-fortunate families during the holiday season with presents for children and families. Officers shop with these children at Walmart, building trust and positive relationship law enforcement. Please bring a monetary donation or Walmart gift cards for this program. Visit www.northportareachamber.com.

ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

Chamber members and the public are invited to attend our Annual Awards Banquet, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Suncoast Technical College, 4445 Career Lane, North Port. All nominees and winners of the 2021 Business-of-the-Year Awards and the Frosty Awards will be announced, and all committee members who volunteered over the past year will be recognized. The cost is $30 and includes a choice of steak with mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and bread, or salmon over rice with green beans, salad and bread, or a vegan platter catered by Longhorn Steakhouse. Table sponsorships are $250 for six people or $150 for three and includes recognition in the program, verbal recognition at event, and a special table sponsor sign.

Come join us as we recognize the nominated and winning businesses/organizations for their accomplishments and success. The deadline to register is Dec. 13.

Bill Gunnin is the executive director of the North Port Area Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at 941-564-3040 or email at wgunnin@northportareachamber.com, or visit www.northportareachamber.com.

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