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Friday, January 7, 2011
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2011 Person of the Year Banquet & Award Night

"Desperately Seeking Susan"

2011 Person of the Year Banquet & Award Night

Honoring Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters for Service to County, Chamber and Community. This fund-raiser event also appoints our 2011 Business Person of the Year; recognizes our new Honorary Mayor and installs the 2011 Board of Chamber Directors.

Political, civic, and community leaders gathered together Friday evening, January 7, at The Palace to honor the Carmichael Chamber's 2011 Person of the Year, Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters. The event, entitled "Desperately Seeking Susan" after the movie starring Madonna, was emceed by former Sacramento Chief Meteorologist Tom Loffman. Representing the 3rd District, which includes Carmichael, Peters was honored amongst a room full of friends and community leaders, including Sheriff John McGinness, Sacramento County's new sheriff, Scott Jones, and former Supervisor Sandy Smoley. Assemblyman Roger Niello, Sandy Smoley and Jack Harrison of Carmichael Recreation & Park District all shared about their experiences with Peters and the valuable impact she has had on the community.
The evening included honoring Dr. Major A. Nilson as the Chamber’s 2011 Business Person of the Year. Nilson has been involved with the Chamber for over 56 years, including twice being Board President. Nilson’s background includes being a veterinarian for over 40 years, a World War II vet and a great humanitarian.
During the evening Supervisor Peters had the responsibility of swearing in the 2011 Carmichael Chamber Board members. The new Board includes President Chris Meyer of Lind Brothers Funeral Home, Vice-President Gary Andersen of Century 21 All Professional, Secretary Becky Furtado of Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Treasurer Cary Duckett of Cypress Avenue Baptist Church, and Directors Bill Schlack of XLeration Services, and Don Hall of California Central Property Management Group. Also part of the evening was Carmichael’s 2-term outgoing Honorary Major recognizing his third-grade teacher, Carmichael's new Mayor, Pauline Gilmour, an 8th grade history teacher at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic School.
The event also included a live auction, which found Peters winning the bid to have lunch with Congressman Dan Lungren. The Congressman was unable to attend the gala event because of his commitments in Washington D.C., but in his absence his Chief of Staff, Peter Tateishi, presented a plaque to the Supervisor for the outstanding work she has done for Carmichael. Other presentations Peters received included a picture from the Carmichael Recreation & Park District of the two new parks Peters speared-headed for the Carmichael area. Chamber President Chris Meyer also presented a plaque to Peters for all her support for the Chamber and the Carmichael community. The evening was topped off with a huge cake presented to Peters displaying the seal of the County of Sacramento.
"I am touched by all the kind things that have been shared tonight. It has been a privilege to serve the County and the people of Carmichael," Peters said. As she exited the stage, the 1925 tune of “If You Knew Susie, Like I Know Suzie” could be heard.

event photography courtesy Bill Condray Bill Condray Enterprises. Susan Peters photo courtesy of

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