Kennebec Valley Chamber Kenney Awards finalists announced

AUGUSTA – The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards, the Kenney Awards banquet is 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Jan. 24, at the Augusta Civic Center.
The Kenney, named for the region it hails from, is awarded annually to area businesses and professionals that are deserving of the community’s attention and recognition. The Kenney’s will recognize six awardees, with three of the awards being determined by live voting at the event. Tickets and table reservations go on sale Dec. 1.
This year’s award recipients are Robert Gordon, Peter G. Thompson Lifetime Achievement; Central Maine Pyrotechnics, Large Business of the Year; and Zardus Art of Massage & Wellness Spa, Small Business of the Year.
The winners of the three remaining categories – President’s Choice, Community Service, and Cynergy Young Professional – will be decided and announced _live_. After watching short videos of the finalists in each category, attendees of the Kenney Awards will cast their votes by texting in for the finalist they wish to see take home the Kenney.
The finalists for the President’s Choice Award are Augusta Fuel Company, Cushnoc Brewing Co., and TRC Companies, Inc.
The finalists for the Community Service Award are Augusta Elks Lodge 964, Aveda Institute Maine, and Townsquare Media – Central Maine.
The finalists for the Cynergy Young Professional Award are Kaleb Pushard, Peter Quigley, and Natalie Tortorella.
The finalists and winners represent hard work in both their professional and personal lives. They hold a standard of ethics and genuine care for the community that the Chamber is honored to recognize.
Before the award presentations, a cocktail hour with the opportunity to network with attendees and a buffet dinner will be served. Following the awards, the School Street Band will perform.
For information on tickets visit or by contacting the Chamber at or 207-623-4559.
The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1932 and is a key part of the business community and a driving force in the development of the Kennebec Valley region. With over 600 member businesses and organizations, the Chamber provides countless services to the community and its members, including legislative support, community events, educational seminars, economic development, and business networking opportunities.